Here is a bit of movie news that is not getting much attention at the moment, even though it is quite impressive. Black Hollywood actresses are winning big at the box office showing that they are marketable and what mainstream audiences want to see. Sanaa Lathan’s The Perfect Guy rocked the box office last week and the result was… silence.
The Perfect Guy opened up in the top spot last weekend with $25.8 million (Weekend of September 11-13). It was a different type of film as well, it wasn’t showing a negative view of black women in the least. Moreover, it was a bonafide thriller, a type of genre that we almost never see black women getting a chance to be green-lighted in on the big screen.
This success should not come as such a surprise to the film industry. Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba’s No Good Deed was another thriller film that took the number one position its opening weekend. No Good Deed‘s opening box office amounted to 25 million which is not bad for a movie that cost only a little over 13 million to make. After the movie’s release and opening success Sony Pictures distribution president Rory Bruer mentioned,
“We really believed the film would succeed… and it did, in a big way. From our point of view we just had a terrific thriller that we thought audiences would relate to and they did.”
Movies that large audiences can relate to almost never cast those who are of color. Nevertheless, time and again when given the opportunity it is shown that if the movie is good and interesting people will go see it even with black actors and actresses at the helm. Up next is Halle Berry in Kidnap as well as Angela Bassett starring with Morgan Freeman in London Has Fallen the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. Both films have been set to be released during October.
Besides so much success being achieved on the silver screen, small screen actresses are making just as many waves. Think Taraji P. Henson in Empire, Tracee Ellis Ross in Black-ish, Viola Davis in How to Get Away With Murder as well as Kerry Washington in the television smash Scandal. Moreover, there are new shows on the horizon that will be starring black leading ladies such as Meagan Good in the Minority Report series.
The Hollywood scene is differently changing and black women are leading the charge including producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes. As more black women come together to build a movie empire making films that the starving film audience truly wants and should see the better off Hollywood will be. It always takes a few pioneers to establish a brand new thought process and “world.” Hollywood’s black actresses are answering the call and making it happen in style. You go girls!
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The genius herself, Shonda Rhimes