Best Man Holiday Starring Guiding Light Alums Stuns Hollywood With $30 Million Opening Weekend

Once again Hollyweird is scratching its collective head over how an urban (translation: black) film could "over perform" to the tune of a $30.6 million opening weekend at the box office. The Best Man Holiday didn't over perform, as much as it was underestimated — just like Think Like a Man and at least half a dozen rom-coms starring predominantly black casts before it in recent years.

The sudsy sequel to Malcolm D. Lee's 1999's sleeper hit The Best Man, reunited the original cast for another game of friends, lovers and rivals. This time around, novelist Harper (Guiding Light alum Taye Diggs) finds himself contending with writers' block, a precariously pregnant wife (Sanaa Latham's Robyn) and a stalled career. When he and Robyn are invited to the sprawling, Gatsby-esque estate of his former best friend, New York Giants' runningback Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Lance's near-angelic wife Mia (Diary of Single Mom's Monica Calhoun), Lance sees it as an opportunity to turn his fortunes around.

Also on board for the holiday weekend are Harper and Lance's boys, struggling private school owner Julian (Harold Perrineau) and Quentin (scene stealer Terrence Howard), the sex-crazed former screw up of the group, who now owns a thriving brand management company. A scandal involving Julian's wife, former stripper Candance (Loving's Regina Hall), provides quite the interesting subplot, as does the return of selfish, shallow Shelby (Valley of The Dolls: The TV Series' Melissa De Sousa), now one of the Real Housewives of Westchester County, who shares a past with both Julian and Quentin.

The reunion fans of the first flick waited almost 15 years to see, happened when Harper and the driven sistah who got away, Jordan (Guiding Light's Nia Long), once again connected. Only this time, Jordan wasn't sitting around pining for Harper, the MSNBC executive has leaned in with a ballin' white dude played by The Young and the Restless' and Sunset Beach grad Eddie Cibrian. A potential love triangle featuring three sexy daytime soap alums? We coulda told 'em this would be a hit.

Did you see The Best Man Holiday during its opening weekend? If so, what did you think? Sound off in the comments!

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7 Responses

  1. Profile photo of Divatude58

    I didn’t get to see it but not for lack of trying…it was sold out (all showtimes for all days). The best man is a cult classic. Of course, a sequel would do well. Just like I expect Waiting to Exhale 2 to do VERY well.

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    They are all good actors. I do believe they also enjoy what they are doing and it shows. The end result is higher ratings in all they do. That goes for all the blacks that are extremely successful. I love Steve H and Wendy Williams because they love what they do and in turn I enjoy watching them.

  3. Profile photo of blake3b

    I love stories like this, movies they didn’t expect to do so well, especially like you said a black film. I loved the story on Saturday that said Best Man Holiday beat Thor on Friday lol. And it got great word of mouth seeing how it did better over the weekend than on Friday. I need to see this movie also. I loved Nia Long playing Kat Speakes on Guiding Light. She’s still gorgeous as always!

  4. Profile photo of tink05

    The movie was perfection from beginning to end. I laughed…I cried. I cannot wait for the DVD release so I can replay the Air Band scenes. I have never enjoyed Terrence Howard more…he was a fool (in a funny way) in this movie. I truly got the sense that I was witnessing a gathering of close friends because their chemistry seemed so real. So worth the 15 year wait and good grief did everyone age well.

    my one silly quibble: I kept expecting Mia to say two of those babies were adopted ;D

  5. Profile photo of logan_echolls

    They also promoted this movie VERY well. Heck they were on Dr. Oz show promoting the movie!! In all the interviews they came off very easy going, charismatic and funny. So a lot of people who never saw the first Best Men may go see this movie just because of how the actors were in interviews. Anyone who say Nia Long on Watch What Happens Live would run to the theater after that interview. She was just exquisite. Like it was said and like Taye Diggs said, the first Best Man movie is a cult classic so of course everyone will come out to see the sequel.

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