SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, and Tyler Perry continue to be an unstoppable force in Hollywood as Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself debuted at number one on the DVD charts, selling 1.1 million units in its first week of release. The success on DVD comes on the heels of a successful theatrical run during which the film grossed $51 million. Lionsgate also released on DVD Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Volume Five this past week. Produced, written, directed by and starring hit maker Perry, Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself is based on his popular stage production of the same name and stars Academy Award® nominee Taraji P. Henson (Best Supporting Actress, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008) and legendary singers Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight.
The partnership between Lionsgate and Perry has proven successful across film, DVD and television. Perry has released eight films theatrically through Lionsgate since Diary of a Mad Black Woman in February 2005, and they have collectively grossed nearly $421 million at the North American box office. Lionsgate will be releasing Perry's next two films, Why Did I Get Married Too, on April 2, 2010 and the big screen version of the landmark play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, later in the year.
Additionally, Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury television syndication company has delivered 172 episodes of his highly successful television series, "House of Payne," which is currently airing in a dual window on TBS and in Fox station group-led syndication. This past summer, TBS began airing Perry's second television series, "House of Payne" spin-off "Meet The Browns". Overall, 140 episodes of "Meet The Browns" have been ordered and the series will become a part of the Fox station group-led syndication in Fall 2010.
"Lionsgate's success with the Tyler Perry franchise has shown no signs of slowing down. Loyal fans continue to support his products because they stay true to his roots," said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Home Entertainment General Manager and Executive Vice President. "By sticking to his storytelling principles, he is able to consistently deliver an important message like no one else in moviemaking today. His unique writing and powerful characters provide humor and heart that will continue to keep fans flocking to his movies for years to come."
I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF SYNOPSIS/EXTRA FEATURES
When Madea, America's favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of her married boyfriend Randy, April wants nothing to do with the kids. However, her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into April's basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Randy and the new possibilities of family, faith...and even true love.
DVD/BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- "A Soulful Ensemble" featurette
- "The Power of Music" featurette
- "Tyler's Block Party" featurette
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