It’s being called an unlikely battle of sequels.
Thor: The Dark World and The Best Man Holiday went head-to-head for the top spot at box office. Universal’s Best Man sequel had the strongest start on Friday, but finished the weekend $7.9 million behind Disney’s action-thriller.
The Best Man Holiday, which earned a whopping 30.6 million, soared 50 percent above industry forecasts. According to the Hollywood Reproter, the Malcolm D. Lee-directed project “opened notably higher than expected after receiving an A+ CinemaScore in every category. The film, expected to debut in the $20 million range, nabbed the fifth-largest opening ever for an R-rated romantic-comedy and was fueled by females (75 percent). Black movieogers made up 87 percent of the audience.”
“Besides being a great movie, the marketing department did a great job of reaching out to the core audience,” Universal distribution chief Nikki Rocco said of the film’s success.
The R-rated romantic comedy features an all-Black cast of Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De Sousa. The first film, which opened to $9 million in 1999, “is credited with helping to usher in the era of aspirational African-American comedies.”
Check out the complete list of the weekend’s top movies, below.
1. Thor: The Dark World: $38.5 million
2. The Best Man Holiday: $30.6 million
3. Last Vegas: $8.85 million
4. Free Birds: $8.3 million
5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: $7.7 million
6. Gravity: $6.3 million
7. Ender’s Game: $6.2 million
8. 12 Years a Slave: $4.7 million
9. Captain Phillips: $4.5 million
10. About Time: $3.5 million
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11 Of The Most Memorable Quotes From 'The Best Man'
1. November 15th! Let the countdown begin.
It's officially countdown time for the release of "The Best Man Holiday." But before their reunion on November 15th, we're taking a look back at the crew's first meetup and reminiscing on the most memorable quotes from the first film, "The Best Man." From Jordan's cutthroat piercing words to Harper, to Quentin personal reflection on his Luke dancers, these quotes are forever embedded into our vocabulary.
2. 11. Quentin is the ultimate wedding crasher.
"You know how many single honeys be at weddin's? It's about to be a ho-asis in that baby, honey."
3. 10. Lance vows to never cheat again.
"In case you didn't know, marriage is the cure to promiscuity."
4. 9. Shelby is not excited to see Harper.
"Ah, Harper Stewart. Richard Wrong. Langston Snooze."
5. 8. Harper proposes to Robin.
"You know what your problem is? You don't live enough for today. For once just live in the moment."
6. 7. Quentin is a pimp.
"This sh*t is about to be ig'nant off the hook. Luke dancers. Luke... Dancers."
7. 6. Candace gives Merch an epic lap dance.
"Oh yeah daddy... Candy loves you!"
8. 5. Mia tries to deny the scandal.
"Jordan... good girls never tell."
9. 4. Jordan pressures Mia.
"Bi***, don't make me hurt you!"
10. 3. Mia confesses to Jordan, kinda.
"What we shared was as sweet and as endearing as a forehead kiss. It was what I wanted. It was what I needed. He was a gentleman, and a friend, and I will always love him for that."
11. 2. Harper blames Jordan for his skeletons.
"They would have been in marital bliss by the time the book was SUPPOSED to have come out! But thanks to you, Miss "I Want An Exclusive," I got my a** whupped! I almost got thrown from a fu**ing BUILDING because of yo a**! So, thank you, Jordan! Thank you! And what the fu*k is that smell?"
12. 1. Jordan goes in on Harper.
"You know, maybe if I had the luxury of getting my a** whooped, I could be calm right now. But I have been drinking tequila shots, my hormones are raging out of control, I'm emotional, I'm horny, and I don't wanna hear about no goddamn peas! Fu*k you! Good night!"