Universal’s Girls Trip has crossed the $100 million milestone at the box office after three weeks in theatres.
As of right now the film has grossed $97 million at the domestic box office, and $8 million at the foreign box office. It has outperformed similar themed comedy Rough Night. Rough Night earned $22 million at the domestic box office, and $21 million internationally.
Girls Trip was made with only $20 million and exceeded expectations with a $31 million opening. It is the highest-grossing domestic film with women of colour in the lead. The mantle was previously held by Everything Everything starring Amandla Stenberg, and directed by Stella Meghie. The comedy also scored 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, and many critics praised the comedy for its talented leads, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish.
Girls Trip has yet to live to its fullest box office potential because it has yet to open in nearly as many foreign movie markets as Rough Night and the other comedies this year.
Many are calling Girls Trip the Black Bridesmaid, on a creative standpoint that is a fair comparison. However, at the box office Girls Trip is not nearly as explosive as Bridesmaid. The 2011 Universal comedy earned $288 million worldwide, $169 million domestically and $119 million internationally.
Girls Trip must open in more foreign markets, remain in theatres for 100+ more days, and earn Tiffany Haddish an Academy Award nomination to even come close to Bridesmaid’s success.
Regardless, Girls Trip has proven to be the win Black female comedians need. Girls Trip will surpass Bad Moms domestic box office. The comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn, earned $113 million domestically after 91 days in theatres. How to be Single, starring Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann, earned $112 million worldwide. A couple of more weeks in theatres Girls Trip will earn that domestically.
To capitalize on the success of Girls Trip, Universal, director Malcolm D. Lee, and producer Will Packer, should start preparing for the sequel. Haddish must be brought on to co-write the script, as she was the comedic star of the film. Bringing in other Black female comedian heavy-weights will also generate great buzz and excitement for the film. There is a lot that can be done to make the inevitable Girls Trip sequel another hit, all Universal has to do is green-light it.
Source: Box Office Mojo.