Movieline Investigates the Tyler Perry Box Office Paradox

Last month, Movieline investigated the Adam Sandler Box Office Paradox to determine whether there was any correlation between how poorly Sandler's films are received critically and how well they do at the multiplex. This month, in anticipation of Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family (opening Friday), Movieline is subjecting Tyler Perry to the same treatment. Do crude stereotypes and blunt force morality lessons always lead to box office gold for the prolific media emperor? Spike Lee, take note.

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[All box office figures via Box Office Mojo]