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Tyler Perry Says Fans Like DVD

14 Feb, 2007 By: Billy Gil

Idris Elba and Gabrielle Union in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls

Lionsgate released Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls theatrically last week, but the biggest payoff for Perry comes with DVD.

“DVD, for me, is a large part of the revenue,” he said. “I think it does a little better than box office — almost twice as much.”

In 2005, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which Perry wrote, produced and starred in, opened theatrically at No. 1, making $50.6 million. The DVD sold nearly 2.5 million copies in its first week alone, according to Lionsgate.

Perry's second film Madea's Family Reunion also debuted at No. 1 theatrically, eventually making $63.3 million domestically. The combined sales of his nine DVDs have sold more than 11 million units, according to Lionsgate.

Most of Perry's films and plays have centered around Madea, a crotchety older woman played by Perry in a prosthetic suit. But Perry decided to make his latest film Madea-free.

“I was tired, more than anything,” he said. “I was just exhausted. I didn't want to put on a wig, or a dress or makeup. I don't want to [ever again], but I will because so many people have endeared to this character. But if I never had to do it again, I'd be happy.”

Daddy's Little Girls tells the story of a mechanic in a working-class Atlanta neighborhood struggling to raise his three young daughters. Perry wrote and directed the film, which stars relative newcomer Idris Elba (“The Wire”) as the mechanic and Gabrielle Union (Running With Scissors) as a high-strung attorney who fights for him in a custody battle and ends up falling for him.

Details for the Daddy's Little Girls DVD have not been announced.

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