The Best Man Holiday, with its ensemble of well-known black actors, proved with a strong opening weekend that black films can and do make money for the studios that invest in them. With an estimated gross budget of $17 million and opening weekend box-office receipts of $31 million, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that there are some happy people back in Hollywood at Universal Pictures. Thor: The Dark World, which is in its second week, edged out The Best Man Holiday as the No. 1 grossing movie by garnering an estimated $38 million for the weekend. However, Thor was showing on 3,800 screens nationally and Best Man was on only 2,024 screens. The Best Man Holiday made its mark by averaging $15,000 per screen.
The Best Man Holiday is the sequel to 1999’s The Best Man.