Box Office

March 06, 2009

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail

**

$16.2

million

$64.5 million

2 weeks

Rated: PG-13

FOR THE RECORD - A box office chart in yesterday's You & The Movies section incorrectly listed the ratings of two films. Slumdog Millionaire is rated R and Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is rated G.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Running time: 103 minutes

What it's about: The fallout over a high-speed chase lands the pistol-packing grandmother (Tyler Perry, above) behind bars.

Our take: The movie is a mess, but it's a purposeful mess. Perry cannily, if not artfully, pushes all the right buttons.

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

*

$12.5

million

$12.5 million

1 week

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 76 minutes

What it's about: A band-on-the-run farce starring the young Disney pop stars (including Joe Jonas, above).

Our take : The film is awkwardly stitched together, and the brothers come across more machine-tooled than homespun.

Slumdog Millionaire

****

$12

million

$115 million

16 weeks

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 120 minutes

What it's about: The unlikeliest epic hero ever: a ragamuffin (Dev Patel, above, with Freida Pinto) in Mumbai who becomes a contender on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Our take: Director Danny Boyle outdoes himself with a blend of hair-raising social melodrama, earthy humor and mystic adventure. The result is a Dickensian extravaganza.

Taken

**

$9.9

million

$107.8 million

5 weeks

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 93 minutes

What it's about: An ex-CIA man (Liam Neeson, above) becomes an ear-witness, via cell phone, to the abduction of his daughter; he proceeds to chop, stab and shoot his way through an underworld in France.

Our take: Neeson may be in fighting trim, but the smackdowns are notable for their ferocity rather than their athleticism.

He's Just Not That Into You

** 1/2

$6

million

$78.7 million

4 weeks

Rated: PG-13

Running time: 129 minutes

What it's about: Nine young, excessively attractive Baltimoreans (including Drew Barrymore, above) struggle to understand dating, relationships and their significant others.

Our take: It's a movie in which everyone should see themselves for at least a few minutes (and wish they were that young, beautiful and well-off).

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