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A by-the-numbers look at Tyler Perry's Madea magic

By now, a lot of people are familiar with the story of Tyler Perry's rise from impoverishment in New Orleans to triumph in Atlanta, first as a stage performer, then as a one-man media empire. Here are some of the astonishing numbers behind his decade of success.

Five of his theatrical films in the past four years have grossed nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in North America alone. They are: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion (left), Daddy's Little Girls, Why Did I Get Married? and Meet the Browns. And this take is before The Family That Preys came out in late 2008 and grossed $35 million in its first month of release.

This year Perry has two movies scheduled to open: Madea Goes to Jail and A Jazz Man's Blues.

He is also scheduled to make a cameo appearance in the Star Trek movie due out May 8.

More than 25 million DVDs of his work have been sold.

He has completed more than 130 episodes of his hit television series House of Payne and Meet the Browns.

From 2000 to March 2008, Perry wrote nine plays in nine years.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which grossed $50.4 million in the United States, was shot for $5 million. (A typical low-budget Hollywood film starts at $20 million.)

House of Payne, the TBS series about too many family members living together, premiered in June 2007 and earned the highest-ever sitcom rating on basic cable.

His book, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times' bestseller list when it came out in 2006. It spent 12 weeks on the list.

Sources: Ebony magazine, Time magazine, Entertainment Newsweekly

A by-the-numbers look at Tyler Perry's Madea magic 02/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:55pm]
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