‘Girls Trip’ is making a huge splash at the box office this weekend.
As of now, it’s headed for a $30.4 million No. 2 opening weekend — the largest of any live-action comedy so far this year. That number not only doubled expectations for the film, but it’s also more than the film’s budget, which was a little under $20 million.
“Funny is funny. And it’s a really funny movie,” said Universal’s President of Domestic Distribution Nick Carpou, who pointed out that the $30 million number is an increasingly rare achievement for pure comedies.
“Girls Trip” follows a foursome — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith — who go out for a long overdue women’s weekend to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival. Director Malcolm D. Lee is also known for his first feature, “The Best Man,” and its follow-up, “The Best Man Holiday.”
“Our four leads are excellent,” Carpou said. “If they make you laugh you’re likely to tell your friends. That’s what’s happening here,” he added, also pointing to the film’s marketing campaign and Lee’s ability to make films that “resonate.”
Congrats to the cast and crew!