Family comedy Madea Goes to Jail has held on to the top spot at the US box office despite the release of Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience.

The Disney film had been widely expected to top the charts after a 3D concert film featuring Miley Cyrus and her Alter Ego Hannah Montana took $31.1 million (£21.8 million) in its opening weekend last year.

But while the film of the sibling trio's live show took $12.7 million (£8.9 million) in its first three days in US cinemas, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail earned $16.5 million (£11. million) to retain the number one spot.

Following its eight Oscars last weekend, Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed the biggest increase in post-Academy awards box office business since Titanic with $12.2 million (£8.6 million) after it was introduced to more screens across the US.

Taken and He's Just Not That Into You both fell one place each while Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the only other new release in the US, earned $4.7 million (£3.3 million) to debut in eighth.

The top ten films in the US are: (last week's position)

1 Madea Goes to Jail (1)
2 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (-)
3 Slumdog Millionaire (5)
4 Taken (3)
5 He's Just Not That Into You (4)
6 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (7)
7 Coraline (2)
8 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (-)
9 Confessions of a Shopaholic (8)
10 Fired Up! (9)


02/03/2009 09:04:37