Madea’s Big Happy Family Opens at $10.6 Million Behind RioApr 23rd, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
Comedy-drama Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family opened with a $10.6 million box office Friday, performing strongly but failing to unseat animated parrot comedy Rio from the top spot. Rio pulled in $10.8 million Friday, bringing its total take up to $65.2 million. Circus drama Water for Elephants came in third Friday with $7 million, pushing Hop down to fourth for the day with $4.9 million. Disney nature documentary African Cats opened fifth at $3.3 million, outdoing horror sequel Scream 4‘s $2.4 million.
Madea’s Big Happy Family is the eleventh film in playwright Tyler Perry’s film franchise, which has included such box office hits as Madea’s Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet the Browns, and Madea Goes to Jail. The film continues the saga of title character Mabel “Madea” Simmons, a Southern black matriarch. The character is based on Perry’s aunt and mother, and her nickname “Madea” is short for “Mother Dear,” a Southern term of affection for a great-grandmother.
Madea is 6’5″, fat, loud, and sharp-tongued. She has worked a stripper and a pro wrestler and has a lifetime history of evading police, who prefer not to arrest her because they’d rather not deal with her. She has outlived 19 husbands, some allegedly shot or poisoned by sweet potato pie, and collected 19 life insurance checks, announcing, “I’m tryin’ to get to the insurance company by five, and the casino by nine!” She often threatens to shoot transgressors, but usually just scares and humiliates them into learning the errors of their ways.
Madea’s Big Happy Family stars Perry in the title role. The film costars Cassi Davis as Aunt Bam, Palmer Williams, Jr. as Uncle Monroe, and Chandra Currelley Young as Shirley.
Madea’s Big Happy Family was produced on a $25 million budget by Perry’s own Tyler Perry Studios in alliance with Reuben Cannon Productions. Like previous films by Perry, Madea’s Big Happy Family is distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment.