Thursday, May 30, 2024

7 Name Black Actors Give Mighty “Thor” a Run for His Money at the Box Office


“Thor” may have been defeated this weekend. On Friday night it was beaten by “TheĀ  Best Man Holiday,” a warmhearted romantic comedy. Even if the sequel Marvel movie finishes at number 1 this weekend, it won’t be the box office winner. “Best Man Holiday,” a Universal comedy and sequel to “The Best Man” is giving “Thor” a run for its money that no one expected. “Holiday” is on track for $31 million total for its opening weekend. It will finish a whisker above or below “Thor 2.”

Of course “Thor 2” already has $360 million worldwide after two weeks, so no one is sobbing. But $31 million for “Holiday” should be a wake up call to the studios. It’s on a par with the April 2012’s opening weekend of “Think Like a Man” with $33 million. Sophisticated black centric comedies are holding their own with Tyler Perry’s laugh fests. And that’s great.

“Best Man Holiday” has seven– count ’em, seven- major actors: Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau, and Sanaa Lathan. It also boasts appearances by two major singers– Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosious. When you have that level of talent, the audiences will come. And they have.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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