Last Weekend At The Black Box Office
Two week old Baggage Claim hasn’t been a run away hit. The film is profitable, it has grossed $18 million on a budget of $8.5 million. This makes it far from a flop, but short of the shocking profits of recent Black films like Think Like A Man. The film pulled in $2.0 million over the weekend.
It seems Black audiences know what is in store this holiday season, and are keeping their wallets closed for the likes of The Best Man Holiday and Twelve Years As A Slave.
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete had a limited release debuting in only 147 theaters. To give an idea of just how small this release is, the typical Blockbuster film debuts in more than 3,000 theaters nationwide. The film made $254,279 over the weekend.
You can read about the film in this post.
God Loves Uganda was released in 1 theater and brought in $7,300. According to IMDB, the film is
“A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting sexual immorality and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.”
The topic of homosexuality in Uganda is a big component of the film as religious leaders push the death penalty for homosexuals. It debuted at the Sundance film festival earlier this year.
Did you see any of these films over the weekend, or are you waiting for another film to spend your money on?