Number’s don’t lie, right? Even we were confused with conflicting reports on how David E. Talbert’s new movie, Baggage Claim, did at the box office. The film boasts of a who’s who in Black Hollywood, with a cast including Paula Patton,Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe and Jill Scott. And while some of us loved the film (*raises hand*), others not so much. Deadline reports:
Despite dismal critical reviews 18% positive on Rotten Tomatoes and opened with $9.2M. The studio was so embarrassed by this dopey premise pic that it never bothered sending any pre-release or post-release intel about it.
Another outlet, Moviefone, shared:
Baggage Claim” had a slight edge over “Don Jon,” with $9.3 million to $9 million for “Don Jon.” It’s clear that “Baggage Claim” outperformed expectations.
With “Baggage Claim,” the studio had a strong chance of reaching that often skeptical African-American audience, thanks to the presence of Talbert and that cast, while the marketing of the movie has been generic enough for the film to have a chance at crossing over to non-black audiences as well.
According to Talbert’s tweets and some more digging that we did, it looks like the film was the number one comedy in America. On Monday, he tweeted: