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Where is the box office magic of 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas'?

Where is the box office magic of 'Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas'?

Box office observers have long credited Tyler Perry's "Madea" franchise with at least one thing: reliability.  As surely as Christmas comes once a year, a movie with Perry directing himself in drag as the volatile matriarch Mabel "Madea" Simmons is expected to generate $20 million to $25 million, and occasionally more, in ticket sales in its opening weekend.  So it was a little surprising to see "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" open in theaters with a $16-million haul. The last two, "Madea's Witness Protection" in 2012 and "Madea's Big Happy Family" in 2011, generated roughly $25 million apiece. So after...

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