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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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3 thoughts on “Big Screen Blockbusters

  1. preesej on said:

    This is solely based on movie ticket revenue, not much else. Where’s Love Jones, Malcolm X, The Best Man, Brown Sugar, Good Deeds?? These didn’t do great at theaters, but were well written.

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