The Best Man Holiday (Universal) opens this weekend, and though it might not unseat Thor 2: The Dark World, it will likely take second place at the box office, with ticket sales expected to exceed $20 million. This humorous sequel to Malcolm Lee’s Best Man is set 15 years later, and stars the original cast, including Taye Diggs. It’s set to outperform studio expectations, with Fandango suggesting it might earn over $30 million this weekend.
Thor 2: The Dark World is predicted to add to its coffers around $40 million more domestically, and may surpass $450 million worldwide over the weekend.
Besides Taye Diggs, The Best Man Holiday also stars Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Terrence Howard, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, and Nia Long.
In 1999, Best Man wasn’t a huge box office success, at least not initially, but it did earn a respectable $9 million its opening weekend. It was a pioneer movie, of sorts, as it influenced other directors, writers, and actors, and several other African-American comedies benefited from Best Man paving the way.
Great films are great films, but Best Man and The Best Man Holiday has been put into the category of African-American comedies by some movie critics. Other “black films” which have become box office hits (and have been critically acclaimed) include Fruitvale Station, 12 Years a Slave, and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
One difference between the other movies I mentioned and The Best Man Holiday is that the others are dramas which attracted a mixed audience. The Best Man Holiday, on the other hand, is more likely to appeal to a primarily African-American audience, at least according to some analysts.
The film cost $17 million to make, and it’s predicted to make anywhere from $17 million to $20 million its opening weekend. Malcolm Lee produced The Best Man Holiday with Sean Daniel as well as directing it.
Fandango says that ticket sales of The Best Man Holiday are outperforming those of the debut of Think Like a Man. In April 2012, that film took in $33.6 million its opening weekend. Will Fandango’s initial ticket sales mean that The Best Man Holiday will outperform studio expectations and earn over $30 million?
The original movie, Best Man, eventually had a total box office take of $34 million. According to Universal, The Best Man Holiday is expected to attract a lot of interest especially among African-American females. The film has been marketed heavily, and will likely be a popular date movie.
The Best Man Holiday is essentially about a reunion that takes place 15 years after the wedding that occurs in The Best Man. It’s a reunion flick that also makes for an often LOL, though sexually suggestive, romantic comedy. However, it helps to be a fan of the original movie, as even in the previews, many of the jokes refer back to Best Man.
Will The Best Man Holiday perform as Fandango seems to suggest, and earn upwards of $30 million this weekend; or, will it likely do as Universal predicts, and take in around $20 million? A movie about a Christmas reunion in New York — what could be better fodder for a feel-good holiday flick? Please tell me your predictions below, and also let me know if you are planning on checking out The Best Man Holiday this weekend!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
The Best Man Holiday Video Trailer