According to the good people over at Shadow and Act, 2013 was a money-making year for films by and starring black folks. From Lee Daniels’ The Butler, to comedies starring Marlon Wayans and Kevin Hart, the 48 black films that came out this year made a whopping $670 million at the box office. Here are the top 10 “black films” that raked in the most (of your) money this year, via Shadow and Act and Box Office Mojo:
10. Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain – $32,244,051
9. 12 Years a Slave – $37,814,000
8. A Haunted House – $40,041,683
7. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas – $43,719,000
6. The Call – $51,872,378
5. Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor – $51,975,354
4. After Earth – $60,522,097
3. The Best Man Holiday – $70,279,000
2. 42 – $95,020,213
1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler – $116,146,955
No surprise here is that Tyler Perry’s films made him almost $100 million, or that The Best Man Holiday was a box office kicker, but there are some real surprises. Despite not doing oh so well at the box office and being called a “disaster,” a big surprise on this list is Will Smith’s After Earth. It didn’t come anywhere close to its $130,000,000+ budget here in the States, but it still brought in some good money. Plus, Will and Jaden Smith should find comfort in the fact that the film did very well internationally. Another big surprise is that Halle Berry’s The Call was such a hit, and kudos to Lee Daniels for all the success that The Butler had this year. That Oprah effect is something serious!
Click over to Shadow and Act to find out what makes a film like The Call a black film, while Denzel Washington’s 2 Guns is not, and to get more info on the success of black films critically and at the box office this year. Here’s to an even more successful 2014!