Concert pic wins Friday box office

Disney’s “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” took center stage Friday, strumming up an estimated $4.8 million at 1,271 venues.

Among concert pics, that’s the second highest opening day ever, filing behind the $8.7 million racked up by last year’s “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour,” the Mouse House’s first 3D concert film.

Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” wasn’t that far behind the “Jonas Brothers” yesterday, grossing $4.6 million from 2,052. Film’s second Friday repped a 69% decline and raised its eight-day cume to $52.9 million.

However, the determining factor for the “Jonas Brothers” maintaining their No. 1 status throughout the weekend hinges on moppets turning out in full force for matinees.

“Hannah Montana” wound up posting a boffo opening weekend of $31.1 million and a final cume of $65.3 million – the best ever for a concert pic.

The popularity of “Hannah Montana” coupled with the 3D format generated a new appetite for rock-pop concert pics among the tween demo. Prior to “Hannah,” concert pics have had a spotty run at the box office; their heyday being the ‘70s when titles like “Woodstock,” the Rolling Stones’ “Gimmie Shelter” and the Band’s “The Last Waltz” crowded marquees. 2008 featured two other concert pics, primarily geared at adults: “U2 3D” ($9.7 million) and the Rolling Stones’ “Shine a Light” ($5.5).

The Jonas Brothers, which have been a Disney Channel staple, were also featured as Miley Cyrus’ opening act in “Hannah Montana.” The Jonas Brothers received a 2008 Grammy nod for Best New Artist.

Oscar best picture winner “Slumdog Millionaire” from Fox Searchlight-Warner Bros. jumped 54% from a week ago, taking third with $3.2 million. Pic’s cume in its 16th Friday stands at $106.2 million.

Fox’s “Taken” became the second 2009 release to click past the century mark at the domestic box office Friday after Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” In fourth place, pic generated $2.8 million off 3,089, an 18% downtick and a running cume of $100.8 million.

Warner Bros./New Line’s “He’s Just Not That Into You” remained afloat in the day’s top five collecting $1.9 million off 2,858, down 35%, with a domestic B.O. haul of $74.5 million.

Fox’s Hyde Park release “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li,” the day’s second wide entry, bowed in sixth with $1.7 million off 1,136.

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