DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN star Tyler Perry's latest movie, MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION, shot straight to the top of the US box office with $30.25 (GBP17.8 million) in takings over the weekend.
Based on Perry's stage play, Madea's Family Reunion depicts a dysfunctional family preparing for a family reunion.
Paul Walker's film EIGHT BELOW, featuring a pack of sled dogs in Antarctica, slipped to second place with $15.7 million (GBP9.2 million).
Other new releases opened to disappointing box-office results.
Another Paul Walker film, crime thriller RUNNING SCARED, opened at number nine with $3.1 million (GBP1.8 million).