It was do or die time for black movie lovers this weekend. #WeFight! #WeFight! #WeFight!
George Lucas kicked out $93M (budget and marketing) of his own money to make “Red Tails,” a risky move especially because the mostly Black cast doesn’t include Will Smith or Denzel Washington.
If the film is #1 it’ll be a major victory not only for George Lucas but the Black community.
Lucas has been developing the project for about 20 years. None of the studios wanted to fund the war movie about the Tuskegee airmen, reportedly because they didn’t think a film with a mostly Black cast would make enough to justify the $58M budget. (the most EVER spent on an all black cast)
Red Tails launched is surprising to hollywood execs at #2 with a better than expected $6 million on Friday. Saturday the movie took in $8.6M. It’s estimated to take in $19 million for the weekend which is not bad.