Wednesday, February 21, 2007
"Dreamgirls" Hits $100 Million
On Monday, "Dreamgirls" grossed $376,000, putting it just over the top of $100 million. That is more than any other drama or musical starring or dominated by a black cast has ever grossed in Hollywood history. (Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" grossed $93 million.) You can find a handful of comedies starring or dominated by a black cast that have grossed more, such as "The Nutty Professor" and "Dr. Doolittle" and yes almost all of them star Eddie Murphy, one of the most popular actors of all time and undoubtedly the most successful black actor of them all. (He also starred in "Daddy Day Care," which along with Martin Lawrence's "Big Momma's House" features major white co-stars.) That's an historic achievement for the film, which is also one of the rare musicals in the last 20 years to be a hit.