For decades, people have gathered into theaters around the country to escape the stresses of everyday life. We love our movies. And in recent years, we've had some blockbusters, putting African-Americans on the big screen and grossing hundreds of millions of dollars.
Check out Nielsen's top 10 ranked African-American-themed movies. See if your favorite raked in the big bucks and made the list.
1) The Pursuit of Happyness ($162M): This 2006 tearjerker told the true story of on-and-off-homeless salesman-turned stockbroker Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith. With his son Christopher in tow, played by Smith's son, Jaden, the story follows the two during a nearly one-year struggle with homelessness.
2) Bad Boy II ($138M): Will Smith hit the screen with comedian Martin Lawrence in the 2003 sequel to the 1995 film Bad Boys. Smith and Lawrence play two Miami police detectives investigating the flow of ecstasy in the sun-filled city. The film was a blockbuster despite mostly negative reviews.
3) Nutty Professor ($128M): This remake of the 1963 film of the same name featured the comedic genius of Eddie Murphy. Murphy plays Sherman Klump, a morbidly obese professor who invents a miracle weight-loss potion to win the heart of a young lady.
4) Coming to America ($128M): This 1988 classic stars real-life friends Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. Both play several characters in the movie, from an African prince and his friend and assistant to barbers in a Queens, New York barbershop. The story follows Prince Akeem Joffer, played by Murphy, as he goes on a trans-continental search for his bride.
5) Nutty Professor II: The Klumps ($123M): In the sequel to the 1996 film, Eddie Murphy had audiences in awe and in stitches at his ability to play all five very different characters within the same family.
6) Big Momma’s House ($117M): In this 2003 film, Martin Lawrence, as FBI agent Malcolm Turner, puts on his fat suit and goes undercover as Hattie Mae Pierce and pursues an escaped criminal in the small town of Cartersville, Georgia.
7) The Princess and the Frog ($104M): This 2009 American fairytale featured Disney's first black princess, Tiana. Set in New Orleans, this Broadway-style musical received three Academy Award nominations.
8) Dreamgirls ($103M): Who can forget this 2006 musical drama film featuring singers Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson? Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name, the story follows the history of R&B music in the 1960s and 1970s and the making of the Detroit girl group, Dream Girls.
9) Norbit ($95M): This 2007 comedy follows the main character, Norbit, played by Eddie Murphy, and his life growing up as an orphan and his misfortunes as an adult.
10) Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail ($30M): The 2009 comedy was based on Perry's stage play and follows the tough-as-nails, ready-to-fight character Mable "Madea" Simmons who goes to prison for her uncontrollable anger management problems.
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This Week’s Celebrity Instagrams (6/18-6/24)
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1. Me & the homie @jaleelwhite #RujohnFoundation Happy to be in Jamaica! Good times
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5. Good Morning. Early day in Detroit! Making press rounds for @thebossnetwork's Ladies That Lead Tour. Thank you @traycemadre and @colourbynumbr for my glam.
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6. POWER the best show on TV @djenvy, Queens we so big out here. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO
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7. They said u lost a step, wasn't explosive as once was, the best days was in the real view, questioned your drive, your leadership, your commitment, you don't have killer instinct, going back home is the worst mistake in your career, he got the coach fired, players traded, won't work between him and Kyrie, Him and Kev won't work, love your teammates to much, there's no way he can deliver a championship in his hometown, etc etc etc.... But guess what THATS NONE OF MY BUSINESS #StriveForGreatness #ThisOneIsForTheLand #PutSomeRespeckOnMyName Hahahaha!!! Yes sir
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8. Oooooh weeee this man right here is responsible for at least three of our four babies!! #JOE ❤❤❤🎤 #rnb #king #voicelikebutter #ForPeetesSake
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9. Hanging with my @abcnetwork family! @abcunclebuck tonite y'all check us out ! @anthonyanderson @traceeellisross
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10. My broski ( @sayeedshahidi ) and I are on Top 5 Live on @go90 at 5 (which is super duper close)! Make sure to tune in :) #UncleBuck #Blackish
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11. Lights out💤 #GoodNight
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12. Late nights mornings
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13. Ran into the lovely talented @siedahgarrett on this brutiful favvuz deh!
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14. #halal #love #thedargans #kattwilliamsSHOW #mashallah when that Jennah piece HIT!! @sweetjennahcollection glasses by @baddieglamaccessories LIZ 😍 @dynamiteko top @dazzledmv and jeans @thevision414 and shoes: @louboutinworld
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15. Big Hair and Optical Illusions #OceanDrive #MiamiLiving #coverparty
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16. MAMA and THE SAVAGES ... ⚓️ #supportyourlocalgirlgang
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17. From the bottom of my ❤️, thank you new followers & old! & hello fellow night owls! #grateful #racheltrue #naturalhair #curlyhair #curlygirl #healthyhair
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18. I feel so grateful because I met these amazing young minds, visiting from Houston TX, during their college tour stop today at #usc.These students are ALL extraordinary and embody academic excellence so I'm humbled to have shared a few moments with them to applaud and celebrate their bright futures ahead! Thank you @EmergeFellows for inviting me to speak and blessing me with your love and attention this afternoon!
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19. Happy Fathers Day Pops. U taught me how to be a man. Lessons of love, hard work & gratefulness. Sorry the fishing didn't stick. LOL. I Love U!
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20. Sky Zone and Ice Cream! Best Fathers Day Ever!! Photo credit @mariahcarey
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21. Look what finally came in the mail 😎 #mtvmovieawards2016 💥+🌽! #straightouttacompton
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22. Claudia Jordan: ....
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23. 'Member that time I almost knocked a bajillion dollar camera off the car? Really? Yeah, me neither! #Greenleaf Episode 2 comin atcha!
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24. Full of love. #birthday #Cabo
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25. Oh hey! Look who just joined Snapchat
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