Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Steve Carr and written by Kevin James and Nick Bakay. It stars James as Paul Blart, a mall security guard who must rescue his loved ones taken hostage by a group of thugs on the night of Black Friday. The film co-stars Jayma Mays, Keir O'Donnell, Bobby Cannavale, and Stephen Rannazzisi.
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 Sony Pictures Releasing. 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 of $183 million.
A sequel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, was released in 2015. Paul Blart: Mall Cop was also remade in Tamil as Gurkha, released in 2019.