Highest Grossing Black Hollywood Films

1. Black Panther-$1.3 Billion 3rd highest grossing U.S film and the 8th highest worldwide



With more than $100 million in ticket sales in just its first two weekends, we think Straight Outta Compton is on its way to becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

Total Sales – $310 million

Movie Setting Los Angeles, California

 3. The Pursuit of Happyness $307 million


Location San Francisco

4. COMING TO AMERICA – $288 million

Even those of us too young to see this Eddie Murphy classic in theaters back when it originally was released in 1988 have laughed hard enough since then to understand how it pulled in $128 million in ticket sales at the height of the comedian’s career. In overseas sales, the film did even better, bringing in $160 million.

5.  Dr. DoLittle $284 million




6. BAD BOYS II – $273 million

It’s rare that a sequel outgrosses the original, but that’s exactly what happened with 2003’s Bad Boys II. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence managed to pull in $273 million worldwide while the original Bad Boys only grossed $141 million.

7. The Nutty Professor – $274 million

8. Hidden Figures $236 million


9. THE HELP – $215 million

If you saw The Help in theaters you were in good company. The film grossed more than $169 million domestically and another $46 million in overseas ticket sales.

10. THE BUTLER – $177 million

Lee Daniels’ The Butler was the top-grossing Black film of 2013, and one of the top 10 highest-grossing Black films of all time. With $116 million in domestic box-office earnings, it inducted Lee Daniels into the exclusive club of directors whose films have earned more than $100 million at the box office.

11. BIG MOMMA’S HOUSE-$173 million

This film wasn’t critically acclaimed at all when it was released in 2000, but fans showed it a lot of love by handing over more than $117 million in domestic box-office ticket sales. Overseas, the film raked in another $56 million.

12. The Nutty Professor 2 : The Klumps $173 million



13. DREAMGIRLS-$155 million

Back in 2006, a lot of people spent their Christmas break in the movie theater singing along with Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé. With the help of music fans, Dreamgirls grossed $103 million domestically and another $51 million overseas.

14. RIDE ALONG – $155 million


If there were any questions left about Ice Cube’s ability to deliver box-office gold, he answered them all with 2014’s Ride Along. It spent three weeks at No.1 and even outgrossed Are We There Yet? with an impressive $134 million in domestic box-office earnings

 15. Girls Trip $155 million


16. Bad Boyz $141 million


 17. Selma $140 million


18. Big Mommas House 2 $137 million



19. Ray $124 million


20. Boomerang $126 million



21. A TIME TO KILL $108 million

Have you seen the classic movie A Time To Kill? This Samuel L. Jackson-led thriller captivated audiences in 1996 and pulled in $108 million domestically.

22. ARE WE THERE YET?-$113 million

Audiences weren’t sure what to think when Ice Cube transitioned from gangster rap to family films, but considering the success of Are We There Yet? it was clear that he knew what he was doing. This movie proved Ice Cube’s versatility and grossed more than $97 million, counting domestic and international numbers.


23. THINK LIKE A MAN-$113 million


When this Steve Harvey book was turned into a film in 2012, fans showed their love by helping it earn almost $96 million at the domestic box office.

24. Little Man $101 million


25. The Color Purple $96 million


26. 42 $97 million


27. Harlem $95 million



28. Madea Goes to Jail $90 million


29. Waiting to Exhale $82 million


30. Barbershop $77 million




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