‘Girls Trip’ Scores Big Box Office Debut This Weekend With Over $30 Million in Ticket Sales

Girls Trip secured the bag and then some over the weekend. The black female-led comedy debuted at the box office and took away a cool $30.4 million in its opening weekend. Girls Trip came in second, following Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated war film Dunkirk, which raked in $50.5 million its first weekend. Girls Trip‘s debut weekend is especially superb because it beat out another big box office hopeful that premiered this weekend (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) and was able to surpass its $19 million budget and then some. The film also has the biggest opening of a comedy in 2017. Its success also broke the female-led R-rated comedy curse. (Remember Rough Night that came out a month ago? We don’t either.)

Girls Trip starred Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish as its leads and focused on the wild and wily ways of four old girlfriends who travel to Essence Festival. The girls come together to restore, reconnect, and cultivate the friendship they once had back in their college days. The weekend is filled with flirting with eye candy like Queen Sugar‘s Kofi Siriboe, heavy drinking, moment of truth moments, and other wild antics. In true Essence Fest fashion, the film is set in New Orleans and has been screened by fans and critics as “outrageously funny.” Those box office numbers certainly don’t lie.

After news of Girls Trip’s massive opening weekend success, some of the stars of the film took to their social to show love to the moviegoers that showed the film support. Yesterday (July 23), Queen Latifah tweeted, “Thank you so much for everyone else showing up and showing out for a Girls Trip! This movie is not to be missed!!!!”

Director Ava DuVernay also provided her two cents on the film’s runaway success via Twitter:

Although the film has been applauded and heralded for its honest and hilarious portrayal of black sisterhood, a lot of the film’s success is probably due to the shamelessness of breakout star and comedic timing of Girls Trip‘s breakout star, newcomer Tiffany Haddish. The 37-year-old played the over-the-top crazy friend Dina and gave many viewers laughter throughout the picture. Mark our words, Haddish is going to be a comedic actress to watch in 2017 and in the coming years alike.

Watch the trailer below if you haven’t already. And make sure to get your tickets to this comedy gold ASAP.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.