If we define a “black movie” simply as any movie where at least two of the lead characters are black, then some of the films that were (surprise) box office hits this year include: Ride Along, which earned $134 million domestically; Think Like a Man Too, which opened at No. 1 this summer; and About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 romantic comedy originally starring an all-white cast, which pulled in an impressive $25.6 million on opening weekend. The most unexpected success story was The Best Man Holiday, which opened at $30 million in December 2013. As NPR asked, “Why on earth would a $30 million opening for an ensemble romantic comedy with a largely African-American cast that includes some very well-liked, telegenic actors be beyond fantasy?”
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