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'Best Man Holiday': Does its success change the future of black film?

The Best Man Holiday, the R-rated sequel to 1999’s The Best Man, opened to $30.6 million this weekend, surprising box-office watchers who had predicted the $17 million film wouldn’t generate half of its ultimate take home. Yet to director Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote and produced the film along with its predecessor, the only surprise is how Hollywood hasn’t evolved its thinking toward films featuring black actors.

“I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart, [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” Lee says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about [Best Man Holiday] over-performing, but I feel like we got under-estimated.”

The majority of the audience for Best Man Holiday (87 percent) was African-American females,  90 percent of whom saw the original film. More important, the sequel generated an A+ with exit pollster Cinemascore indicating that the film should broaden out to a wider audience.

Lee is counting on it.

The 15 most impressive* box office performances of 2012 so far

We’re officially halfway through 2012, and if you’re an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it’s also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That’s My Boy, but we’ll save that for another time…)

There have been loads of strong performers with sensible budgets, so it was difficult to whittle down the slate (sorry, Safe House and Contraband, you were thisclose to making the cut!), but whittle I did. Thus, here is my totally-up-for-debate list of the 15 Most Impressive* Box Office Performances of 2012… so far. READ FULL STORY

'Think Like a Man' sequel in the works

A sequel to the surprise smash hit romantic comedy Think Like a Man is currently underway, Screen Gems announced on Thursday. Original screenwriters Keith Merryman and David A. Newman (Friends With Benefits) have been tapped to pen the follow-up film, with Will Packer producing. No director is yet attached, and no casting has yet been announced.

Based on the best-selling Steve Harvey relationship advice book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the first film stole The Hunger Games‘ top berth at the box office with an unexpected $33 million debut, and has so far pulled in $91 million in the U.S.

Read more:
‘Think Like a Man’ star Kevin Hart: How Twitter, Facebook, and my NBA outburst helped my movie open at No. 1
‘Think Like a Man’ gag reel: Kevin Hart explains the ‘brown gummy worm’ — VIDEO
Box office report: ‘Think Like a Man’ halts the ‘Hunger Games’ train with $33 mil

Box office update: 'Avengers' easily holds off 'Dark Shadows', scores gigantic $29.1 million Friday

Sorry, Captain Jack, but Captain America isn’t ready to give up the top spot at the box office yet!

In its second weekend in theaters, The Avengers is still breaking records — this time, it’s headed for the best second weekend in box office history. The superhero ensemble film took in a gargantuan $29.1 million on Friday, which should lead to a weekend in the $95-105 million range — far more than current record holder Avatar, which earned $75.6 million in its second frame.

Tonight, on its ninth day of release, The Avengers will cross the $300 million mark (it’s made $299.1 million so far), and on Sunday it will soar past $350 million. No film has ever reached those milestones faster. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: Johnny Depp won't be able to escape the 'Dark Shadows' of 'The Avengers'

Only one new wide release hits theaters this weekend — Tim Burton’s adaptation of the gothic soap opera Dark Shadows — but the $125 million vampire film, which stars Johnny Depp, Eva Green, and Michelle Pfeiffer, isn’t looking at a Twilight-size debut.

That’s partly due to The Avengers, which will still be a force to be reckoned with in its second weekend and could be the first film to earn over $100 million in its sophomore frame.

Here’s how the Top 5 might shake out.

Box office report: 'Think Like A Man' wins again with $18 million; 'Pirates' sails past 'Engagement'

Look guys, sometimes box office articles just need four headlines!

In this case, the under-performance of The Five-Year Engagement wasn’t the only big story this weekend. Think Like A Man notched a very strong sophomore frame, The Hunger Games reached a truly remarkable milestone, and The Avengers flexed their muscles internationally. Oh, and Safe and The Raven also entered theaters. We’ve got a lot to talk about! Here’s how the box office shook out: READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Think Like A Man' stays on top with $5.5 million on Friday; 'Engagement' at No. 3


Despite four new wide releases entering theaters, Think Like A Man, the adaptation of Steve Harvey’s famous advice book for women, Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man, managed to stay on top of the box office on Friday with $5.5 million.

Although that gross marks a drop of about 55 percent from last Friday,  things should stabilize nicely over the rest of the weekend. In the end, Think Like A Man will likely dip by less than 50 percent and score about $18 million in its sophomore frame.

In second place, the Zac Efron/Taylor Schilling romance The Lucky One pulled in an estimated $3.9 million yesterday. That puts the weepy film, based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, on track for a $12 million second weekend, which would lift its total past $40 million with ease. READ FULL STORY

'Think Like a Man' gag reel: Kevin Hart explains the 'brown gummy worm' -- VIDEO


Last week, the ensemble romantic comedy Think Like a Man dethroned The Hunger Games atop the box office with a shocking $33.6 million take. Based on Steve Harvey’s 2009 best-seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the film follows a group of gorgeous — and funny — African-Americans learning the new rules of the game of love. Romany Malco (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Kevin Hart, in particular, are hilarious, and you can tell the making of this movie was a blast. That’s only reinforced in this exclusive gag reel, featuring some clever improvisation, some genuine crack-ups, and the random hair that gets stuck to an actress’s nose. READ FULL STORY

'Think Like a Man' star Kevin Hart: How Twitter, Facebook, and my NBA outburst helped my movie open at No. 1


Image Credit: Alan Markfield

Last weekend, the ensemble relationship comedy Think Like a Man 
opened to an astonishing $33.6 million, exceeding practically everyone's expectations, including those of one of the film's standout stars, actor-comedian Kevin Hart. "I knew the movie was going to do well because it was tracking well," he tells EW, "but we were thinking in the range of $20-25 [million]

. When in came in the 30s, that was a little mind-blowing. For me that just shows the power of social media.”

No kidding. Hart has practically built his entire career harnessing the power of his Twitter feed and Facebook page to drive audiences to his films. Last September, his stand-up comedy feature Laugh at My Pain opened to $2 million on just 97 screens, a feat he largely credited to his social media fan base spreading word and supporting the film. For Think Like a Man, Hart notes that, combined, the entire cast boasts well over 20 million Twitter followers. “So we got together and just did a blitz ourselves….When you’re doing movie promos and there’s billboards and stuff, yeah it’s out there, and you know people see it. But we were getting direct responses because of Twitter and Facebook. It was unbelievable.”

Of course, a movie’s number one debut is not built on tweets alone. Hart credits three other DIY efforts for helping catapult his film to the top of the box office:  READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Think Like a Man' halts the 'Hunger Games' train with $33 mil

It had to happen. After four weeks of dominance, The Hunger Games finally didn’t finish first at the box office.

Instead, the relationship comedy Think Like a Man took the crown as it debuted to an impressive $33 million this weekend. Based on comedian Steve Harvey’s bestselling advice book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the PG-13 film performed much better than expected. (Although I predicted the movie would win the weekend, I thought it would do so with a moderate $19 million.)

Think Like a Man was produced for just $13 million by Sony-owned Screen Gems, which was also behind two other pictures that premiered at No. 1 this year: The Vow and Underworld Awakening. The studio’s marketing campaign targeted African American audiences via appearances on Harvey’s morning show, screenings at historically black universities, and special promotions on networks like BET. READ FULL STORY

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