Sunday, January 13, 2008
Ice Cube Inspires Black Students to Be successful
Ice Cube's new flick, First Sunday, was #2 on the Friday box office estimates. The film had an estimated take of $17.25M, putting it second behind "Bucket List", starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. "Bucket List" is estimated to have taken in $18.6M.
Ice Cube, considered one of the founding fathers of the multi-billion dollar gangster rap industry, has turned himself into a high powered film maker. What is most impressive about Ice Cube's resume is that he has been able to produce albums regularly, family films, and urban comedies, sometimes in the same year. Most artists are only able to brand themselves for a particular genre, without the ability to serve multiple demographics.
IceCube has incredibly successful at creating lasting series, earnings millions for the "Friday" series, along with "Barbershop" and "Are We There Yet?"
Some consider Ice Cube to be a film making genius.
"As a business school professor, I can say that Ice Cube is more brilliant than any dot com billionaire," says Syracuse University Finance Professor, Dr. Boyce Watkins. "He was able to take virtually no capital and create multi-million dollar films that served a clear and necessary niche in filmmaking. In fact, the film "Friday" was about two guys sitting on a porch. That's as inexpensive as you can get."
ICE CUBE'S ALL-TIME TOP FILM OPENINGS
1. Barbershop 2: Back in Business - $24.2M
2. Barbershop - $20.6M
3. Are We There Yet? - $18.5M
4. First Sunday - $17.25M (estimate)
5. Anaconda - $16.6M
6. Three Kings - $15.8M
7. Next Friday - $14.4M
8. Are We Done Yet? - $14.2M
9. Higher Learning - $13.2M
10. Friday After Next - $13M