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Tyler Perry and horror titles continued to drive Lionsgate’s box office revenues, with “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” cuming a boffo $91 million domestically, far and away the top-grossing Perry pic (previous record holder was his “Madea’s Family Reunion” with $63 million). “Saw V,” “The Haunting in Connecticut” and 3-D pic “My Bloody Valentine” all grossed between $50 million and $60 million.

Distrib’s biggest box office disappointment was Frank Miller’s “The Spirit,” which grossed $19.8 million and cost about three times as much to make. Nor were romantic comedy “New in Town” ($16.7 million) and “Disaster Movie” ($14.2 million) able to find their rhythm.

Among Lionsgate’s higher-profile releases were Oliver Stone’s George Bush biopic “W.” and Bill Maher docu “Religulous.” “W.” didn’t take off in a big way ($25.5 million), while “Religulous” cumed $13 million, a tidy sum for a documentary.

Plagued by shareholder tussles most of this year so far, Lionsgate is steadily moving on with a busy fall/winter film slate. It has a couple of trusty franchises ready to unload — another Perry pic and another “Saw” — plus specialty films including Sundance winner “Precious” and sports docu “More Than a Game.” And, in early December, as part of its new Relativity deal, Lionsgate releases Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” remake, toplining Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire.

B.O.: $469 million

TOP PIC: “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” ($91 million)

TOPPERS: Jon Feltheimer, co-chair/CEO; Michael Burns, vice chair; Steve Beeks, prexy/co-COO

UP NEXT: “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” (Sept. 11), “More Than a Game” (Oct. 2), “Saw VI” (Oct. 23), “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Nov. 6), “Brothers” (Dec. 4).

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