Tyler Perry's relationship drama Why Did I Get Married' had too much firepower for its rivals this weekend as the film opened top on an estimated $21.5m.

Perry wrote and directed and stars alongside Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba and Jill Scott in the tale of married friends who get together for a weekend of soul-searching.

Michael Clayton, the legal thriller from Warner Bros that stars George Clooney as a fixer at a top firm, expanded wide in its second weekend on release, jumping 19 places to third on $11m for $12.1m.

Sony's crime drama We Own The Night with Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Robert Duvall opened in fourth on $11m.

Shekhar Kapur's historical sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen opened through Universal in sixth on $6.2m.

Next weekend's wide releases are: Focus Features' drama Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly, and Mark Ruffalo; Fox's American football comedy The Comebacks with Carl Weathers ad David Koechner; Miramax's crime drama Gone Baby Gone with Casey Affleck; New Line's terrorism thriller Rendition starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally; and Sony's vampire chronicle 30 Days Of Night with Josh Hartnett and Melissa George.

Estimated Top 10 North America Oct 12-14, 2007
Film (Dist)/Int'l dist/Est wkd gross/Est total to date
1 (-) Why Did I Get Married' (Lionsgate) Mandate Int'l $21.5m -
2 (1) The Game Plan (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $11.5m $59.4m
3 (22) Michael Clayton (Warner Bros) Summit Int'l $11m $12.1m
4 (-) We Own The Night (Sony) 2929 Int'l $11m -
5 (2) The Heartbreak Kid (DreamWorks-Paramount) PPI $7.4m $26m
6 (-) Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Universal) UPI $6.2m -
7 (3) The Kingdom (Universal) UPI $4.6 $39.9m
8 (12) Across The Universe (Sony) SPRI $4m $12.9m
9 (4) Resident Evil: Extinction (Sony) SPRI $2.7m $48.1m
10 (5) The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (Fox/Walden) Fox Int'l $2.2m $7.1m