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'Girls Trip' Soars To $30 Million In First Weekend Sales

The film reportedly scored the biggest first weekend sales of any comedy movie in 2017. 

Girls Trip hit movie theaters this past weekend (July 21), and to what many are calling a surprise blow out, the comedy film soared to the No. 1 spot at the box office. The film reportedly raked in a whopping $30.4 million, making it the biggest first weekend sales of any comedy film this year.

The film follows the story of four friends – Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish – who reconnect at the Essence Festival for one wild weekend of heavy drinking, flirting, and other shenanigans. Following the happy news, many of the stars took to social media, where they thanked viewers for the tremendous support. "Thank you so much for everyone else showing up and showing out for a Girls Trip. This movie is not to be missed," Queen Latifah tweeted.

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The Will Packer-produced comedy did have a few hurdles going into opening weekend. The cast made a number of press appearances in order to differentiate it from similar comedies like Rough Night, which released only a month before. Not to mention, R-rated, female-based comedies have been known to struggle in the past.

While all of the actresses in the film held their own weight, much of the film's success could be attributed to breakout star, Tiffany Haddish. Many fans have already named Haddish as the one to watch for her stellar performance as Dina, the crazy friend who is way over the top.

Representation in Hollywood, but especially in comedy is very important. It'll be interesting to see how the film does overall, but its first weekend sales are a clear indicator that black women know how to deliver the funny and the money when Hollywood takes a chance on them.

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Part of what makes Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk so captivating is her ability to keep it real. Now, the actress is taking things one step further when it comes to her sex life.

In a clip seen on People for an upcoming episode of RTT, Pinkett Smith shares how she engaged in a threesome when she was "very, very, young." In the episode, which will air Monday (June 23), Pinkett Smith answered a fan question in an honest way. She also added how it wasn't her cup of tea because of the lack of intimacy she felt during the experience.

“I didn’t like it. It just didn’t have the level of intimacy [I wanted]," she says as her daughter Willow closed her eyes. "But I tried it once and I was like, ‘Well, that’s not for me.’"

The recent "Trailblazer Award" recipient for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, goes on to say in the episode that if she was in love with two people that the sexual experience could be different. "But I always think if I was in love with two people, that’s another level," she said. "I could see and join a threesome then, but I was a kid. I saw two cute people and I was like, ‘Hey.'”

Currently in season two,  Red Table Talk, has 6.2M followers on its Facebook platform. The series takes on conversations in an intimate setting with Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield Norris, Willow, and special guests.

Topics discussed on the show have ranged from breaking destructive cycles to healing emotional scars to unpacking white privilege and prejudice.

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Beyoncé And Donald Glover Sing 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' In New 'Lion King' Teaser

The CGI-remake of The Lion King will officially arrive in theaters on July 19, and we're getting a little glimpse of the star's singing the legendary songs featured in the Jon Favreau film.

Donald Glover (Simba) and Beyoncé (Nala) are finally heard singing the film's classic love song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?" in the latest trailer. Elsewhere, James Earle Jones as Mufasa (a role he reprises from the original cartoon) is heard discussing the great kings of the past.

The highly-anticipated film also stars Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard and many more.

Listen to the snippet and watch the new trailer below.

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Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson And More To Appear In 'Space Jam 2'

More details about the 2021 release of Space Jam 2 continue to be drop. As with the first film, a host of huge names in the NBA world will be making cameo appearances alongside some of the most beloved cartoon characters in history, the Looney Tunes.

According to reporter Shams Charania, new Lakers player Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are set to appear in the movie.

"The 1996 original featured Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues in the main cast," writes Bleacher Report of the beloved original film. "A number of other NBA players made cameos."

Back in February, LeBron James' production company Springhill Entertainment announced the film's scheduled release in summer 2021 via Twitter. Filming will reportedly begin this summer, and James' production partner hasn't ruled out the possibility of Michael Jordan appearing in the film.

"Michael Jordan is Michael F**kin' Jordan," said Maverick Carter. "It doesn't matter [if James] calls him, he's gonna do whatever the hell he wants, which he has earned that right to do."

Sources: Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James, is expected to feature key roles for Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis and Klay Thompson and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike. Several more NBA and WNBA players, including Chiney Ogwumike, are expected to play roles in film.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2019

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