Malcolm D. Lee’s sequel, Best Man Holiday, continues to battle “Thor 2” to reclaim top spot at the Box Office this weekend.
With a $10.7 million Friday opening night, the African-American comedy is on its way to make around around $30 million for the three days. The pic was made with a production budget of just $17 million and was expected to hit around $20 million, it means it’s well ahead of the expectations for the Universal film, obviously a big financial win for the studio.
For some observers, “Best Man Holiday” is quite capable to wind up the weekend at around $35 million. If it happens, the pic would stay just behind Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” ($37 million), however it’ll be the largest opening for an African-American film leaving “Think Like a Man” at second place, which grossed around $33 million last year.
The sequel has arrived 15 years after the original comedy and starred all of the original cast members, including Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa.
Who knows this R-rated romantic comedy could end up topping the box office? Don’t forget it already has stunned Thor 2 ($10.4 million) with its $10.7M Friday. Anyhow, figures tell that the Disney’s Marvel superhero sequel will dominate Saturday and Sunday since it’s being displayed in a lot more theaters, making its second win in a row.
Hollywood has been showing reluctance in producing African-American films for a past few years, and there were reasons too, the biggest one being the lack of their overseas acceptance. But the super success of Best Man Holiday has clearly indicated that there is a higher demand for black movies. Make more, black American film culture gonna travel!