Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American action comedy film directed by Steve Carr and co-written by Kevin James, who stars as the title character, Paul Blart. Filming began in February 2008 with most of the shooting taking place at the Burlington Mall in Burlington, Massachusetts. The film opened in the United States on January 16, 2009, distributed by Columbia Pictures Against a budget of $26 million, it grossed $31.8 million in its opening weekend and finished with a gross of more than $146 million in North America and a worldwide total exceeded $183 million. Paul Blart: Mall Cop was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and UMD on May 19, 2009. A sequel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, was released on April 17, 2015.