Did you go see Girls Trip this weekend? If not, buy a ticket and get ready to butter your popcorn because you’re in for a treat.
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee and starring four Black women, the comedy opened to a spectacular box office weekend, raking in an estimated $30.8 million in just two days. Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Regina Hall prove (once again) that Black women can open movies—even comedies.
“Black women can open a movie and it does not have to be about the space program, okay?” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “Black Girl Magic is real — people want a piece of it, they want to see it, they want to be empowered by it,” he said in the same interview. Lee was referring to Hidden Figures, the NASA film (starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monaé) that outsold every other movie in the 2017 Oscars’ Best Picture category.
It seems his peers are of the same thinking. Ava DuVernay tweeted late Sunday afternoon:
Nick Carpou, Universal’s head of domestic distribution, agrees. He told Variety, “Funny is funny. And it’s a really funny movie.”
Go see Girls Trip at a theater near you now.