Before 2005, Lionsgate Films made their mark producing low budget films that yielded higher numbers at the box office. The studioâ€™s successes in the African American market, however, was small yet notable. In 2001 they released Lee Danielsâ€™ Monsterâ€™s Ball, which earned Halle Berry a Best Actress Oscar, but no other films followed that displayed people of color in leading roles. That was until Lionsgate signed on to distribute and produce Perryâ€™s first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005), which cost $5.5 million to make but wound up generating over $50 million at the box office. Ten films later, the combination of Perry and Lionsgate has resulted in an additional $424 million in domestic ticket sales. Perryâ€™s next film, Madea's Big Happy Family, is due out next month and is sure to make the partnership even more profitable than it already is.