Madea Goes to Jail and Taken are raking it in! Madea has made $76 million and Taken nearly $200 million since being released. Those are crazy numbers for what are essentially small blockbusters – Madea catering to a black audience and Taken a French-directed film with a British star.
Can I also mention that both Slumdog Millionaire ($200 million+) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop ($130 million+) are still topping the box office months after opening!
My point is: after the dismal box office showing of most Academy Award nominated films, maybe Hollywood will get the point and spread out their movie releases around the year. Tyler Perry has played this strategy well every year, and it keeps working for him: release Madea flicks when all the other studios are dumping their crap on the public. With no competition, these movies are making a killing, while blockbusters duke it out in summer and critics-picks beat each other to death in the fall. Movie buffs want good movies all year round! Give it to us!