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



African Soap Operas

1. Generations – South Africa

Generations is a South African soap opera which first premiered on SABC 1 in 1994. It was created and is produced by Mfundi Vundla and airs weekdays at 20h00 on SABC 1. The backdrop of Generations is the advertising industry, with a storyline that celebrates the dreams and aspirations of South Africans. As in all soaps – rivalry, treachery and blackmail between siblings and friends and foes alike make Generations one of the most forceful dramas South Africa has ever produced. Suspense, intrigue and tension are the order of the day as the plot unfolds and romance influences relationships between warring parties. Its just the reality of the present generation’s lifestyle, where conflicts are ubiquitous and endless.

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2. Isidingo – South Africa

Isidingo: The Need is a South African soap opera, with dialogue mostly in English. The series premiered on SABC 3 in July 1998 and is broadcast evenings on SABC 3 from Monday to Friday at 19:30.[1] It now uses the title Isidingo, having dropped “The Need” in 2001.[2]  The main characters include the Haines family, the Matabanes, Vusi Moletsane the mine manager and the various residents of the boarding house owned by Maggie Webster. Barker Haines, owner of ON TV, is a high-living billionaire who often schemes his way into the lives of various people in and out of the mining town Horizon Deep, notably his daughter Leone.[2] The Matabanes are a close-knit family who comprise a stronghold, of sorts, in the populace of Horizon Deep, with Zebedee as the patriarch. Other central characters are Lolly De Klerk, Frank Xavier, Parsons Matibane, Georgie Zamdela and Calvin Xavier

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3. Egoli Place of Gold- South Africa

Egoli: Place of Gold is a long-running bilingual (English and Afrikaans) South African soap opera which first aired on M-Net on 6 April 1992. South African television’s first daily soap opera, on 3 December 1999 Egolibecame the first South African television program in any genre to reach 2,000 episodes.[2] As of 3 August 2007, 4,000 episodes had aired. Egoli: Place of Gold aired its final episode on 31 March 2010, after 18 years of acting from South African and international actors.[2][3]

The series was set in Johannesburg, which is sometimes referred to as eGoli. Egoli was created by Franz Marx. The show is known in Afrikaans as Egoli: Plek van Goud.[4]

Egoli was “aimed at women of all nationalities between the ages of 25 and 45, with middle or upper incomes.”[2][3] The series aired Monday to Friday at 18:00. However on from April 2009, M-Net moved Egoli to the 18:30 timeslot.


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4. Rythm City –

Rhythm City is a South African drama series that premiered on the country’s free-to-air television channel e.tv on 9 July 2007 as a replacement to the now-defunct youth-targeted soap opera, Backstage, on weekdays in the competitive 18:30 time slot.[2] Its storyline revolves around the trials and tribulations of those who are trying to break into the music industry and the infidelity, backstabbing, abortion, homosexuality, love and drug addictions of those who have made it in the business.

According to the weekly primetime TV Viewing Figures (TAMS Ratings), Rhythm City is proving to be a winner and the success of the show is an ongoing surprise in that its format is not that different from Backstage. Garnering an average audience rating of more than two-million viewers, the series often surpasses long-running rivals, 7de Laan and Isidingo, which air in the same time slot on SABC 2 and SABC 3, respectively. The series also airs in Ghana and is made for e.tv by Curious Pictures.

5. Windeck- Windeck is an Angolan telenovela. It was nominated for Best Telenovela at the 2013 International Emmys.[1


6. Tinsel – Tinsel is a Nigerian soap opera that began airing in August 2008.[1] On May 23, 2013, the show’s 1000th episode aired.[2] It has been called “the most successful television drama on Nigerian television in recent times”.[3]Tinsel is produced by M-Net/Africa Magic. insel’s plot revolves around two rival film companies: Reel Studios, founded by Fred Ade-Williams (Victor Olaotan), and Odyssey Pictures, headed by Brenda “Nana” Mensah (Funmilola Aofiyebi-Raimi).[4] The show returned for its eighth season on the 25th of May, 2015.

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The Big 3 : Bollywood Nollywood, and Hollywood

1. Bollywood is the name given to the Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. When combined with other Indian film industries (Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada), it is considered to be the largest in the world in terms of number of films produced, and maybe also the number of tickets sold.

The term Bollywood was created by conflating Bombay (the city now called Mumbai) and Hollywood (the famous center of the United States film industry).

Bollywood films are usually musicals. Few movies are made without at least one song-and-dance number. Indian audiences expect full value for their money; they want songs and dances, love interest, comedy and dare-devil thrills, all mixed up in a three hour long extravaganza with intermission. Such movies are called masala movies, after the spice mixture masala. Like masala, these movies have everything.

The plots are often melodramatic. They frequently employ formulaic ingredients such as star-crossed lovers, corrupt politicians, twins separated at birth, conniving villains, angry parents, courtesans with hearts of gold, dramatic reversals of fortune, and convenient coincidences.

According to BBC, Karan Johar, a film director, said: “Of the 1.2 billion population of India, movies should reach out to at least 300 million people [the size of India’s middle class]. But currently, our reach is limited to 45 million. If we figure out how to cover this gap, it will be a game-changer.”

This means that less than 4 percent of Indians go to the movies regularly.

Moreover, India does not really have that many cinemas for people to go to – less than 13,000, versus almost 40,000 in the U.S. (a country which has only one-fourth of India’s population).

he average Bollywood film costs only about $1.5 million to make, versus $47.7 million for Hollywood

Headquarters – Mumbai, India

Number of films produced 2,400

Size of Industry $ 5 billion

Highest grossing film PK 2014 $98 million

The cinema of Nigeria, often referred to as Nollywood, grew quickly in the 1990s and 2000s and became the second largest film industry in the world in number of annual film productions, placing it ahead of the United States and behind only India.[7][8] In 2013, it was rated as the third most valuable film industry in the world after generating a total revenue of NG₦1.72 trillion (US$10 billion) in 2013 alone, placing it behind India and the United States.[9]

The Nigerian film industry is worth NG₦853.9 billion (US$5.1 billion) as at 2014 and produces hundreds of home videos and films per annum.[10][11] Nigerian cinema is Africa’s largest movie industry in terms of value and the number of movies produced per year. Although Nigerian films have been produced since the 1960s, the rise of affordable digital filming and editing technologies has stimulated the country’s film and video industry.

The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics estimates the industry’s share of Nigeria’s GDP at 1.4 percent. With budgets often less than $30,000, $1-video CD releases, and in spite of rampant piracy, Nollywood has managed to create countless media jobs, while offering Nigerians the chance to see their own people and cultures portrayed on the big screen. – See more at: http://afkinsider.com/84131/rising-african-film-industries-nollywood-south-africa-axis/#sthash.UiKYvbBc.dpuf

Headquarters Lagos, Nigeria

Number of films produced 2,500 a year

Size of Industry 10 billion

Highest grossing film :

30 days in Atlanta 85 million sales

he cinema of the United States, often generally referred to as Hollywood, has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. Its history is sometimes separated into four main periods: the silent film era, classical Hollywood cinema, New Hollywood, and the contemporary period. While the French Lumière Brothers are generally credited with the birth of modern cinema, it is American cinema that soon became the most dominant force in an emerging industry. Since the 1920s, the American film industry has grossed more money every year than that of any other country.

In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge demonstrated the power of photography to capture motion. In 1894, the world’s first commercial motion picture exhibition was given in New York City, using Thomas Edison‘s Kinetoscope. The United States was in the forefront ofsound film development in the following decades. Since the early 20th century, the U.S. film industry has largely been based in and around Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Picture City, FL was also a planned site for a movie picture production center in the 1920s, but due to the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, the idea collapsed and Picture City returned to its original name of Hobe Sound. Director D. W. Griffith was central to the development of film grammar. Orson Welles‘s Citizen Kane (1941) is frequently cited in critics’ polls as the greatest film of all time.[6]

American screen actors like John Wayne, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley have become iconic figures, and US pop culture legends while producer/entrepreneur Walt Disney was a leader in both animated film and movie merchandising. The major film studios of Hollywood are the primary source of the most commercially successful movies in the world, such as Gone with the Wind (1939), Star Wars (1977), Titanic (1997), and Avatar (2009). Today, American film studios collectively generate several hundred movies every year, making the United States the third most prolific producer of films in the world, after Indian cinema andNigerian cinema.[7]

Headquarters Los Angeles, Calfornia, United States

Number of Movies produced 838 movies

Size of Industry 51 billion

Highest grossing film – Avatar $2.3 billion dollars