The surprise at this weekend's box office? Why Did I Get Married?, a new film by Tyler Perry. The film was the top-grossing movie of the weekend.
Perry was able to bring in $21.5 million over the weekend through a combination of a deep and devoted fan base, support from Oprah Winfrey — who he considers a mentor — and by casting pop singer Janet Jackson in the film.
Perry, a self-taught playwright in his mid-30s who has developed a series of plays on black life, is working on his next project, Meet the Browns, due out next year. The movie is an adaptation of one of Perry's early plays.