If you’ve watched Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Why Did I Get Married and Meet the Brown’s then you have seen a Tyler Perry movie

The producer, director, writer and actor who opened his own film studio in Atlanta is proving once again that he’s become one of the most reliable brand names in the film industry, saw his latest, self-titled movie, “Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself” rise to the top of Friday’s boxoffice heap in North America.

The PG-13-rated Lionsgate release, a comedy-drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige and Perry himself in his drag alter ego of Madea, gathered an opening day gross of an estimated $8.7 million in 2,255 theaters.

While that number isn’t as robust as the $14.7 million that the hyphenate’s last movie, “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail,” opened to on its first day in February, it still puts “Bad” on track to collect an opening weekend figure in the $20 million range, which will likely result in the director’s third best opening ever.