"Think Like A Man Too," the sequel to the smash hit based on comedian Steve Harvey's bestseller, was the box office champ, grossing a whopping $30 million in its debut weekend.
Like the first film, which opened with $33 million in box-office receipts in April 2012 and went on to gross $96 million domestically, it was produced and directed by Will Packer and Tim Story, respectively, and starred an all-star ensemble cast that included Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Taraji P. Henson.
The film's red carpet premiere last week was held during the opening night of the American Black Film Festival, the annual event promoting independent black film, talent development and power networking.
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ABFF Founder Jeff Friday opened the festival, citing that the event has been used as a platform to provide access and exposure for young filmmakers and a valuable launching pad for careers in the entertainment industry.
Author and film producer Tonya Lewis Lee served as Chair of the NYC Host Committee for ABFF 2014. This year represented the first time that the festival was held in the Big Apple.
Jeff Friday, Tonya Lewis Lee, Morris Chestnut
Jocelyn Allen, director of Regional, Grassroots and Diversity Communications for General Motors, maintained that the automaker and ABFF shares a similar mission: performance and inclusion.
Actor Morris Chestnut was the 2014 ABFF Celebrity Ambassador. Partnering with American Family Insurance, he also made his directorial debut at this year's festival.
BLACK ENTERPRISE was ABFF's premiere media sponsor. On opening night, Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle, who has attended the festival since its inception in Acapulco 18 years ago, discusses the two organizations' partnership as one designed to create "access, opportunity and empowerment."
Actress Tatyana Ali, whose film, "Come Back Dad," was previewed at the festival, comes out for the "Think Like A Man Too" premiere.
Terrence J of the "Think Like A Man" films walks the red carpet
Ice-T and Coco were among the celebrities who could be found at ABFF's opening night festivities.
Ice-T & Coco
Cadillac was one of the premier sponsors for ABFF 2014.
ABFF attendees fill New York's SVA Theater, the official screening venue for ABFF, to see the "Think Like A Man" sequel, which was released nationwide on June 20.