Highest Grossing Black Hollywood Films


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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. The Nutty Professor – $274 million

5. 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.

6. THE BUTLER – $176 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. RIDE ALONG – $154 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


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.

11. ARE WE THERE YET?-$97 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.


12. THINK LIKE A MAN-$96 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.




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