‘Best Man Holiday’ lands at no. 2 at the box office with $30.6 million

bestmanholidayTaye Diggs as Harper, Morris Chestnut as Lance, Harold Perrineau as Julian, and Terrence Howard as Quentin, serenading the ladies in the film “The Best Man Holiday.” The movie released in theaters Friday, Nov.15, 2013.

New York, NY — In an unlikely battle of sequels, “Thor: The Dark World” squeaked by ”The Best Man Holiday” at the box office. Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World” continued its box-office reign with $38.5 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. Opening 15 years after the original “The Best Man,” Universal’s “The Best Man Holiday” opened strongly with $30.6 million. Drawing an overwhelmingly female and African-American audience, “The Best Man Holiday” was a surprise challenger for the mighty “Thor.” The R-rated romantic comedy, with an ensemble cast including Morris Chestnut and Taye Diggs, debuted with more than three times the box office of 1999′s “The Best Man.” That film opened with $9 million.

Marvel’s Norse superhero, however, has been hammering audiences around the globe. “Thor: The Dark World” made $52.5 million internationally over the weekend, bringing its worldwide total to $479.8 million. With Chris Hemsworth as the title character and Tom Hiddleston as the popular villain Loki, the Thor franchise has proven to be one of Marvel’s most successful.

Just as “Thor” approached the half-billion mark, Warner Bros.’ space adventure “Gravity” crossed it in its seventh week of release. “The Best Man Holiday” was the only new wide-release opening over the weekend, as the marketplace clears out for the release of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” In limited release, Alexander Payne’s black-and-white Midwest road trip “Nebraska” opened in four locations with a strong $35,000 per theater average for Paramount Pictures. Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” was originally slated to open, but was postponed to Dec. 25 by Paramount.

Expected to be one of the year’s biggest debuts, Lionsgate’s “Catching Fire” will abruptly close the box-office window for “Thor” next weekend. “Catching Fire” opened in Brazil over the weekend, earning $6.3 million. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. “Thor: The Dark World,” $38.5 million ($52.5 million international).

2. “The Best Man Holiday,” $30.6 million.

3. “Last Vegas,” $8.9 million.

4. “Free Birds,” $8.3 million.

5. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” $7.7 million.

6. “Gravity,” $6.3 million.

7. “Ender’s Game,” $6.2 million.

8. “12 Years a Slave,” $4.7 million.

9. “Captain Phillips,” $4.5 million.

10. “About Time,” $3.5 million.


Bravo’s New Reality Series, “Thicker Than Water,” featuring Local Tennesseans The Tankard Family

IBFFN to Host Screening of Bravo media’s New Reality Series,

“Thicker Than Water,” featuring Local Tennesseans The Tankard Family

Nashville, TN – The sixth annual International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN), is pleased to announce that Bravo Media’s new reality series, “Thicker Than Water” will make its screening debut on Saturday November 2nd at 5pm CST followed by a meet and greet with the cast. The series follows Grammy nominated and Dove award-winning gospel jazz artist Ben Tankard, his wife Jewel and their blended family. Ticket sales open Tuesday October 22nd and details on the location of the screening will be announced soon. For event details please visitwww.ibffnfestivalevents.com

“Thicker Than Water” follows Ben and Jewel Tankard along with their blended and extended family as they live, love and laugh through the perils and pleasures of life. Self-dubbed the “Black Brady Bunch,” this southern family integrates their strong religious conviction with their penchant for the finer things in life. Under the watchful eye of the patriarch and matriarch, the Tankard children, although young adults, still live at home and must abide by Ben and Jewel’s rules. With the belief that “God wants us all to be millionaires,” the Tankards aim to be the best and brightest in everything they do.

Along with their drive, comes a healthy dose of rivalry proving the adage, “You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family” especially true. To catch a sneak peek of the series, please visit www.bravotv.com/thicker-than-water/season-1/videos/rich-is-definitely-better .“The Tankards reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, so IBFFN is the perfect venue and opportunity for the show to make its national debut,” says IBFFN founder Hazel Joyner-Smith.  “Friends, family and supporters of the Tankards will get a chance to share in the moment with them. We anticipate this screening will be a wonderful success.”

“Thicker Than Water” premieres on Bravo on Sunday November 10th at 8p CST, immediately after one of the most popular and successful reality series, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Plans for the 6th annual IBFFN are being updated daily.  To obtain official IBFFN press credentials, the festival’s official selections, trailers, director info, synopses and cast, regular schedule updates to the 2013 and to purchase pre-festival passes, please visit our website at www.ibffnfestivalevents.com.

About International Black Film Festival of Nashville:

Through the art of film, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville (IBFFN) celebrates the richness, diversity and creativity of storytelling for the cultural enrichment, progression and education of communities worldwide. Established in 2006, IBFFN is a collaboration of dedicated professionals who support the need for a community effort to bring African-American and other communities together to showcase their work as emerging and skilled independent filmmakers, actors, composers, screenwriters, directors and other film industry professionals. With “Defining Our Stories, Transforming the Image” as its organizational theme, IBFFN strives to ensure culturally accurate depictions in film with special emphasis on providing a forum for unheard, unseen and unknown viewpoints, and to showcase the rich creativity and diversity found in communities of color locally, nationally and internationally. The festival is made possible in part with the continued support of The Film House, Comcast, NovaCopy, TV One,  Bravo Media, The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Screen Actors Guild and Film Comm. With the support of our corporate partners, the community and its leadership, the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is on course to becoming one of the top festivals in the country