The 10 Highest-Grossing Black Films of All Time
In the history of American cinema, the great Black films tell a story that challenges perceptions of race and class, unearthing truths America finds it extraordinarily difficult to accept.
This is not a list of those films.
The most successful Black films of all time tell a very different story. In spite of predominantly Black casts, these films found success with largely non-black audiences worldwide.
Think you know who made the cut? We seriously doubt it.
These are the Ten Highest-Grossing Black Films of All Time.
(Whether you like it, or not….)
10. Are We There Yet (2005) - $97,918,663Though Ice Cube's wholly forgettable family comedy "Are We There Yet?" was savaged by critics upon its release, it made a hell of a lot of money at the box office. It even sparked a television series on TBS.
9. Little Man (2006) - $101,636,047Arguably the lowest point in the entire Wayans family film catalog (yes, lower that White Chicks), "Little Man" was a big success at the box office. It also received a whopping seven Razzie nominations, winning a respectable three (Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple, and Worst Remake/Rip-Off). Congrats, guys!
8. Ray (2004) - $125,305,995"Ray" conveyed the heart-wrenching journey of Soul legend Ray Charles with originality and style. And Jamie Foxx was a revelation, snagging an Academy Award for Best Actor, and even a Grammy for his hit single with Kanye West (2005's "Gold Digger").
7. Boomerang (1992) - $131,052,444Released in 1992, "Boomerang" stars Eddie Murphy as a womanizing ad executive who gets a taste of his own medicine when his new female boss turns out to be EXACTLY like him. Great laughs, great performances, and an amazing soundtrack. Can't ask for more than that...
6. Big Momma's House 2 (2006) - $137,047,376"Big Momma's House 2" is probably one of the worst films ever made. But as with so many other "black" films, it fared phenomenally at the box office. BMH 2 is so bad that its ranked 80th on a Rotten Tomatoes list of the 100 worst reviewed films of the first decade of the 21st century.
5. Bad Boys (1995) - $141,247,413"Bad Boys" is a pretty solid action film. But it loses points for being Michael Bay's first film; thereby being responsible for some of the most mindless, brainless, loudest, noisiest, most chauvinistic film moments ever. Thanks, Will....
4. Dreamgirls (2006) - $154,965,956Featuring an all-star cast, fantastic costume design and art direction, and a knockout soundtrack, the 2006 film adaption of "Dreamgirls" was a box office juggernaut and a critical smash. Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy's performances are particularly stunning, with Hudson's now-legendary rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" blowing up the airwaves and securing her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
3. Big Momma's House (2000) - $173,559,438Released at the very beginning of the busy 2000 summer movie season, "Big Momma's House" was a surprise hit, opening at number two, and nearly toppling the much hyped "Mission Impossible: II" for the top spot.
In other words, blame this for Madea...
2. Bad Boys II (2003) - $272,940,870"Bad Boys II" grossed nearly twice as much as it predecessor. It's also twice as loud and twice as ridiculous. Roger Ebert named it "the worst film of 2003" upon its release (beating out Jennifer Lopez' legendary flop "Gigli"), and I doubt that anyone who's seen it even remembers the plot.
Did I mention they're making a Bad Boys III?
1. Coming To America (1988) - $288,800,000Fortunately, we end this list on a good note.
"Coming To America" is a comedy classic; beloved ( and quoted verbatim) all over the world. Eddie Murphy stars as an African prince who comes to New York in search of his bride. It's absurd, culturally insensitive, and absolutely hilarious.
Much like the majority of this list.