Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion consolidated its number one ranking aheadof four top 10 openers in a typically quiet Oscar weekend at the box office.
The Lionsgate release - which is written, directed,produced by and stars Perry in a big screen version of his hit stage play -added an estimated $13m for $48.1m after ten days.
The cop thriller 16 Blocks, released in North America through Warner Bros, opened tomixed reviews in second place on $11.7m and averaged $4,307 on 2,706 screens.
Bruce Willis plays a police officer who escorts Mos Def's witnessto a hearing. Richard Donner directed.
Opening in fourth place was Screen Gems' sci-fi romp Ultravioletstarring Milla Jovovich.Poorly received by critics, tthe picture nevertheless grossed $9m for a $3,518average on 2,558 screens.
Fox's mermaid family filmAquamarine opened in fifth place on $7.5m to anaverage of $2,985 on 2,512 screens.
Dave Chappelle's Block Party, a real-life concert film about the comedian staging anoutdoor party for his friends and neighbours, opened in seventh place throughRogue Pictures on $6.5m. Block Party, directed by Michel Gondry, averaged $5,430 on 1,200screens.
Elsewhere Buena Vista's icy adventure Eight Below fell once place to third in its thirdweekend on $10.3m for $58.8m. MGM's The Pink Panther ranks sixth on $69.8m after fourweekends, and Warner Bros' thriller Firewall sits in 10th place on $42.5m after fourweekends.
Next weekend's wide releases are Buena Vista's comedy TheShaggy Dog starring TimAllen; Fox Searchlight's horror remake The Hills Have Eyes starring Aaron Stanford and Ted Levine;Paramount's romantic comedy Failure To Launch starring Matthew McConaughey and SarahJessica Parker; and The Weinstein Company's The Libertine, which stars Johnny Depp.
Estimated Top Ten North America Mar 3-5 2006
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend
gross/Estimated total to date
1 (1) Madea's Family Reunion (Lionsgate) LGFI $13m $48.1m
2 (-) 16 Blocks (Warner Bros) Warner Bros/Nu Image $11.7m -
3 (2) Eight Below (Buena Vista) Spyglass $10.3m $58.8m
4 (-) Ultraviolet (Screen Gems) SPRI $9m -
5 (-) Aquamarine (Fox) Fox Int'l $7.5m -
6(3) The Pink Panther(MGM/Columbia) Fox Int'l $7m $69.8m
7 (-) Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Rogue) Focus International $6.5m -
8 (4) Date Movie (Fox) Fox Int'l $5.1m $40.7m
9 (5) Curious George (Universal) UIP $4.4m $49.2m
10 (6) Firewall (Warner Bros) Warner/Village Roadshow$3.6m $42.5m