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17 Black Movies With A #1 Opening Weekend

Ride Along 2
Words by ReBecca Theodore-Vachon

When it comes to covering the performance of Black movies at the box office, certain media outlets tend to have some major blind spots. If they aren’t dismissing movies with Black casts as “race-themed movies,” box office pundits are “surprised” or use passive-aggressive language like “over-performance” when a movie with people of color takes the top spot over a more mainstream (read: White) film. Here’s the thing, folks – movies with Black casts taking the #1 spot isn’t as rare as you’d think. With the recent success of The Perfect Guy, Straight Outta Compton, the faith-based drama War Room and now Ride Along 2,  moviegoers are sending a distinct message – brown skin is not box office poison.

So the next time you come across an article “shocked” that a movie with a cast of color made the #1 spot, please, feel free to send them this list.

“Ride Along 2” (January 15, 2016)
Dir:Tim Story
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart
#1 Opening weekend: $34 Million (as of publishing)

“The Perfect Guy” (September 11, 2015)
Dir: David M. Rosenthal
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
#1 Opening weekend $25.8mil

“Straight Outta Compton” (August 14,  2015)
Dir: F. Gary Gray
Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown, Jr., Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti
#1 Opening weekend $60 million, $161,197,785 total domestic gross

“No Good Deed” (September 12, 2014)
Dir: Sam Miller
Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb
#1 Opening weekend $24mil, $52mil total domestic gross

“Ride Along” (January 17, 2014)
Dir: Tim Story
Starring: Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter, Kevin Hart
#1 Opening weekend gross, $48.6 mil, $134.9m total domestic gross

“Think Like A Man Too” (June 20, 2014)
Dir: Tim Story
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Terrence J, Romany Malco
#1 Opening weekend $29.2mil, $65.1mil total domestic gross

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (August 16, 2013)
Dir: Lee Daniels
Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Terence Howard
#1 Opening weekend gross $24 mil, $116m total domestic gross

“Think Like A Man” (April 20, 2012)
Dir: Tim Story
Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Terrence J, Romany Malco
#1 Opening weekend $33.6mil, $91.5m total domestic gross

“Takers” (August 27, 2010)
Dir: John Luessenhop
Starring: Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, T.I.
#1 Opening weekend $20mil, $57mil total domestic gross

“Obsessed” (April 24, 2009)
Dir: Steve Shill
Starring: Beyonce, Idris Elba, Ali Larter
#1 Opening weekend $28.6mil, $68mil total domestic gross

“Madea Goes To Jail” (February 20, 2009)
Dir: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Derek Luke, Viola Davis
#1 Opening weekend $41mil, $90mil total domestic gross

“I Can Do Bad All By Myself” (September 11, 2009)
Dir: Tyler Perry
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Adam Rodriguez, Brian White
#1 Opening weekend $23.4mil, $51mil total domestic gross

“Why Did I Get Married?” (October 12, 2007)
Dir: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Sharon Leal, Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott Tasha Smith, Richard T. Jones
#1 Opening weekend $21.3mil, $55mil total domestic gross

“Stomp The Yard” (January 12, 2007)
Dir: Sylvain White
Starring: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Brian White, Laz Alonso
#1 Opening weekend $21.8mil, $61mil total domestic gross

“Madea’s Family Reunion” (February 24, 2006)
Dir: Tyler Perry
Starring: Blair Underwood, Lynn Whitfield, Boris Kodjoe, Rochelle Aytes, Lisa Arrindell Anderson
#1 Opening weekend $30 mil, total domestic gross $63mil

“Diary of A Mad, Black Woman” (February 25, 2005)
Dir: Tyler Perry
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tyler Perry, Shemar Moore
#1 Opening weekend $21mil, $50.6 mil total domestic gross

 

“Coach Carter” (January 14, 2005)
Director: Thomas Carter
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Ri’chard, Rick Gonzalez, Ashanti, Debbi Morgan
#1 Opening weekend: $24mil, $67mil total domestic gross

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