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Weekend B.O. (Jan. 20-22) – “Red Tails” Saves Black Cinema!!

Weekend B.O. (Jan. 20-22) - "Red Tails" Saves Black Cinema!!


Those sleepless nights you’ve been having are over!

You can get up off your knees. Your prayers have been answered!

Black films will be around for maybe just a little while longer, now that Red Tails did shy of $20 million its opening weekend.

Praise Jesus for George Lucas! Our great savior!

1. Underworld Awakening (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)  Weekend $25.2M

2. Red Tails (LucasFilm/Fox)  Weekend $19.4M

3. Contraband (Universal) Weekend $12.3M , Total: $46.3M

4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros)  Weekend $10.2M, Total:  $10.9M

5.. Haywire (Relativity) Weekend $8.6M

5. Beauty And The Beast 3D (Disney) Weekend $8.3M  Total: $33.2M

7. Joyful Noise (Warner Bros)  Weekend $5.8M, Total: $21.7M

8. Mission: Impossible 4 (Paramount)Weekend $5.7M, Total: $197.5M

9. Sherlock Holmes 2 (Warner Bros) Weekend $4.6M, Total: $178.4M

10. The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Co)  Weekend $3.7M, Total:  $12.6M

And Pariah’s B.O. total so far is $495,000 still playing in 21 theaters. When is it going to break out wider?

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Erin Lori

I knew that you were being sarcastic. Thank you for always being the voice of reason. Call me a traitor but, I saw Underworld Friday. I was not making George Lucas richer than he already is…black girlfriend or not.


Dude….I saw a cat dressed up as Darth Vader in front of Mann Chinese Theater……enough said! You are right though…every word!


Now I know why Columbia College didn't let you teach there. lol Too funny. Keep bring the heat Sergio. lol


Red tails, negros fighting, killing innocents and dying for pigs system and countrie…
Inspiration for the comming wars to recrute the billions of deaf blind and dumb negros, to kill rape rob torture for pigs.
Adding that the assassination of the negro president, pigs bitch, all negros then lost, confuse, will turn to the boss, and boss will say lets kill rob in the name of god(of pigs), Iran, Venezuela, Korea and counting, and most important you will see negros killing in Africa for pigs, and put the stolen bloody wealth in pigs hand, all african resources, and to end, all negro woman in bed with pigs, to please him, and liking, i thought that was the negros who were hot, but no, when you try pigs you never comeback, like negro say. Sorry for being so direct, but how can i ressurect the deads?


Very sad. A Black male writer removes Black women like racists of old removed Black people from films and you all cheer. A terrible day for the Black community. Black women cheering this – I hope you're watching you backs closely as a new form of racism – promoted by Black men – has crept deeply into the Black community


SMH. I missed the box-office guess by 5 milli. Darn it. No gift card. Could I get partial credit for at least getting the decimal part right? (14.4 is what I said). LOL, Sergio. Now that the hoopla has come and gone, onward and upward…let's dethrone Lucas this 'grand' victory and move on, shall we? ;-)


Sergio you are effin outta control. LMAO! This is heelarious!



What is wrong with you, ha ha!!


Now we must make sure we please the folks who did not want to fund Red Tails, the next Black film must have an all Black cast, just have them land the planes, and then the black pilots break out into song and dance numbers running down the run way, and then show a couple of fat healthy pigs run across the screen and some more Negroes walk out onto that same runway with torn clothing with Hayseeds in their mouths. We would be able to get that funded up to $200 million.


Shut up, Sergio ;)


I completely stole this post from (arrgh why can't we space):
I’m gonna call bulls–t on all of this “George Lucas defied the odds by making the movie no studio DARED TOUCH” kind of frenzied media coverage. Since when has Internet media become so … gullible? George Lucas fanboys let him crap all over them but they STILL breathlessly support him.

Both “Red Tails” and “Underworld” did fine. Nothing more than that. But while Screen Gems isn’t going out and crowing about how their film is saving the very nature of filmmaking by white filmmakers, or about how it’s going to to define the future of sci-fi films, somehow we’re still being fed this cockamamie story about how “Red Tails” is somehow indicative of the entire future of black filmmaking.

It did all right. No better, no worse than most films released this time of her. Here are some reminders of films that opened in late January:

In 2005, “Are We There Yet?” opened to $18.5 million

In 2006, “Big Momma’s House 2″ opened to $27.7 million

In 2008, “First Sunday” opened to $17.7 million

In 2009, “Notorious” opened to $21.2 million

Those were all “black” films made by “black filmmakers.” (Without a white multi-billionaire behind them.)

Non-black films? (I hate using that term, but since suddenly the media are segregating films by talking about “black filmmaking” so loudly … )

In 2004, “Along Came Polly” (a classic if ever there was one) opened to $27.2 million

In 2008, “Cloverfield” opened to $40 million with “27 Dresses” second at $23 million

In 2009, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (another exemplar of quality filmmaking) opened to $31.8 million

In 2009, “My Bloody Valentine 3D” opened to $21.2 million

Let the folks at Lucasfilm go on breathlessly about how this validates 23 years of development by Lucas, how this was his passion project, how this shows (despite Jar-Jar) that he really admires black people, about how it proves that there is an audience for black films.

The numbers actually show it performed slightly below similar films, and that clearly there is a strong, loyal core audience of moviegoers who support these films.

Only, George Tillman Jr., Brian Levant, Ice Cube, et. al., didn’t get coverage from GMA, The New York Times, the Associated Press, etc., about how they were breaking new ground by making their movies.


Hey Sergio, I'm curious…if you dare……. what kind of movie would you make?


God if only it were really true…lol


Wow, and I didn't even have to go see it. ;)


Whooooooooeeeeee!! I fell out of my chair when I read that headline. Sergio, thank you (&the ENTIRE S&A team) for keeping a thumping sense o' humor on this site…


LoL @Sergio! What's even more hilarious are the number of people who don't realize you're being facetious.


I highly recommend the Foyle's War episode "Killing Time" for a non hokey look at racism during WWII.


The picture highlights some of the lack of attention to detail in the movie. No ciggarette's. I hope this notion that this will lead to better movie's is true.


I'm confused. Didn't this movie have a $90 mil budget? How is that a win?


PRAISE GOD! Now Hollywood will greenlight all black films with huge budgets! Cue the music!


More good news for Red tails. The Hollywood reporter is reporting that films goers has giving Red Tails an A cinamascore.


You have had a little too much to drink huh???… "Praise Jesus for George Lucas! Our great savior!"


So happy for Red Tails. Love all the headlines in the blog sites saying Red Tails overperformes at the boxoffice. Thanks to all for supporting this film. Looks like Tyler Perry meassage to his fanbase worked. Let's hope Perry does the same for spike lee.

Cinema Nero

Sigh of relief! One less thing to worry about.


…it almost looks like the real story up there is HAYWIRE…hmmm…I'm going to have to check out the thoughts over on Women and Hollywood given they were having a "RED TAILS" moment as well…


Sergio… I'm quickly becoming a fan… You've been out of control the last couple of days… hilarious.


Whew! *wipes brow* I guess I'll have to return all of these canned goods to the store, I was preparing for the apocalypse in the event Red Tails didn't put up Avatar-like numbers.


LOL!!! Love you Sergio!!!

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