By Dapo Oshiyemi
As the old saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at the same time or should I say three in this case. First ‘Straight Outta Compton’ impressed, and to date has taken a staggering $181m at the Box office, ‘War Room’ followed with $40m and now ‘The Perfect Guy’ starring Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut opened at number 1 in the US with $28m.
What’s great about this is Straight Outta Compton, War Room and the Perfect Guy were made for very modest budgets by Hollywood standards, $28, $3m and $12m respectively therefore are set for healthy profits and that brings me to the not so great aspect and that is the Studios in this case Sony Pictures and Universal are still the main drivers behind the accomplishments of these films but you can’t have it all I guess.
The success for these films is particularly important to the global black community as it again reinforces the fact that films that tell black stories with black leads can be very profitable indeed. This accomplishment further piles the pressure on Nigeria, South Africa, the UK and other Countries who have a stake in making films for this target audience to up their game and join the party and what a party it could be….