Biggest Black Directed Box Office Movies Ever

by urbanemovies | created - 13 Feb 2018 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Each February in the USA, we recognize black achievements during Black History Month.

Which top-grossing* domestic box office black-directed movie is your favorite, so far? Source: Box Office Mojo * 2018 inflation adjusted totals

Black History Month Companion Polls Celebrated Black-Led Movies : Top Black-Directed Movies : Top Grossing Black Directors : Black Multimedia Superheroes

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1. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 553,803 | Gross: $700.06M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Ryan Coogler

Original Gross: $700,059,566

Adjusted Gross: $700,059,566

2. Stir Crazy (1980)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Crime

56 Metascore

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

Director: Sidney Poitier | Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams

Votes: 23,340 | Gross: $101.30M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Sidney Poitier

Original Gross: $101,300,000

Adjusted Gross: $345,700,400

3. Scary Movie (2000)

R | 88 min | Comedy

48 Metascore

A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans | Stars: Anna Faris, Jon Abrahams, Marlon Wayans, Carmen Electra

Votes: 219,961 | Gross: $157.02M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans

Original Gross: $157,019,771

Adjusted Gross: $267,428,800

4. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

56 Metascore

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 188,819 | Gross: $226.01M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: F. Gary Gray

Original Gross: $226,008,385

Adjusted Gross: $231,818,100

5. Fantastic Four (I) (2005)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba

Votes: 301,434 | Gross: $154.70M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Tim Story

Original Gross: $154,696,080

Adjusted Gross: $221,546,000

6. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

38 Metascore

Former cop Brian O'Conner is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer who has a chance to redeem himself.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Cole Hauser, Eva Mendes

Votes: 237,512 | Gross: $127.15M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: John Singleton

Original Gross: $127,154,901

Adjusted Gross: $193,579,100

7. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 431,532 | Gross: $176.04M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Jordan Peele

Original Gross: $176,026,220

Adjusted Gross: $182,469,400

8. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 168,922 | Gross: $161.20M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: F. Gary Gray

Original Gross: $161,197,785

Adjusted Gross: $179,274,200

9. S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

45 Metascore

An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody, and only the L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Director: Clark Johnson | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J

Votes: 133,153 | Gross: $116.93M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Clark Johnson

Original Gross: $116,934,650

Adjusted Gross: $178,019,900

10. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

Votes: 242,600 | Gross: $131.92M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Tim Story

Original Gross: $131,921,738

Adjusted Gross: $176,023,500

11. The Italian Job (2003)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

After being betrayed and left for dead in Italy, Charlie Croker and his team plan an elaborate gold heist against their former ally.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton, Charlize Theron

Votes: 327,580 | Gross: $106.13M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: F. Gary Gray

Original Gross: $106,128,601

Adjusted Gross: $161,568,900

12. Ride Along (2014)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top police officer James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo

Votes: 96,666 | Gross: $134.94M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Tim Story

Original Gross: $134,938,200

Adjusted Gross: $155,537,900

13. Boomerang (1992)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier

Votes: 24,260 | Gross: $70.10M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Reginald Hudlin

Original Gross: $70,052,444

Adjusted Gross: $154,959,400

14. Save the Last Dance (2001)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

53 Metascore

A white midwestern girl moves to Chicago, where her new boyfriend is a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Julia Stiles, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kerry Washington, Fredro Starr

Votes: 54,759 | Gross: $91.06M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Thomas Carter

Original Gross: $91,057,006

Adjusted Gross: $147,686,100

15. Waiting to Exhale (1995)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Based on Terry McMillan's novel, this film follows four very different African-American women and their relationships with the male gender.

Director: Forest Whitaker | Stars: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon

Votes: 8,944 | Gross: $67.05M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Forest Whitaker

Original Gross: $67,052,156

Adjusted Gross: $140,021,800

16. Harlem Nights (1989)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

16 Metascore

During the 1930s, a New York City illegal gambling house owner and his associates must deal with strong competition, gangsters, and corrupt cops in order to stay in business.

Director: Eddie Murphy | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello

Votes: 18,751 | Gross: $60.86M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Eddie Murphy

Original Gross: $60,864,870

Adjusted Gross: $139,608,000

17. Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 104,038 | Gross: $116.63M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Lee Daniels

Original Gross: $116,632,095

Adjusted Gross: $135,965,800

18. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Music

38 Metascore

Showgirl Deloris Van Cartier (Whoopi Goldberg) returns as Sister Mary Clarence to teach music to a group of Catholic students whose run-down school is slated for closure.

Director: Bill Duke | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 45,625 | Gross: $57.32M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Bill Duke

Original Gross: $57,319,029

Adjusted Gross: $126,581,300

19. Boyz n the Hood (1991)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

Follows the lives of three young males living in the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles, dissecting questions of race, relationships, violence and future prospects.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Hudhail Al-Amir, Lloyd Avery II

Votes: 115,501 | Gross: $57.50M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: John Singleton

Original Gross: $57,504,069

Adjusted Gross: $125,388,900

20. Training Day (2001)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

69 Metascore

On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger

Votes: 364,740 | Gross: $76.63M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Antoine Fuqua

Original Gross: $76,631,907

Adjusted Gross: $124,289,900

21. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 319,647 | Gross: $88.51M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Spike Lee

Original Gross: $88,513,495

Adjusted Gross: $124,054,000

22. Shaft (2000)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

50 Metascore

New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Christian Bale, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 70,512 | Gross: $70.33M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: John Singleton

Original Gross: $70,334,258

Adjusted Gross: $119,790,100

23. Barbershop (2002)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.

Director: Tim Story | Stars: Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Anthony Anderson

Votes: 28,264 | Gross: $75.78M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Tim Story

Original Gross: $75,782,105

Adjusted Gross: $119,723,300

24. Girls Trip (2017)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 31,123 | Gross: $115.17M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Original Gross: $115,171,585

Adjusted Gross: $118,395,900

25. Rise of the Guardians (2012)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Director: Peter Ramsey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, Chris Pine

Votes: 148,435 | Gross: $103.41M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Peter Ramsey

Original Gross: $103,412,758

Adjusted Gross: $118,205,000

26. Hope Floats (1998)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.

Director: Forest Whitaker | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands, Mae Whitman

Votes: 23,101 | Gross: $60.05M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Forest Whitaker

Original Gross: $60,053,195

Adjusted Gross: $117,545,500

27. Creed (II) (2015)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 231,983 | Gross: $109.77M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Ryan Coogler

Original Gross: $109,767,581

Adjusted Gross: $115,976,900

28. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy

54 Metascore

Eddie Murphy in a stand-up performance recorded live. For an hour and a half he talks about his favourite subjects: sex and women.

Director: Robert Townsend | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Tatyana Ali, Billie Allen, Clebert Ford

Votes: 17,499 | Gross: $50.50M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Robert Townsend

Original Gross: $50,504,655

Adjusted Gross: $115,883,900

29. The Equalizer 2 (2018)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

50 Metascore

Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Orson Bean

Votes: 109,605 | Gross: $102.08M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Antoine Fuqua

Original Gross: $102,084,362

Adjusted Gross: $102,084,362

30. A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

PG | 109 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Votes: 37,109 | Gross: $100.48M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Ava DuVernay

Original Gross: $100,478,608

Adjusted Gross: $100,478,608

31. Creed II (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Sport

66 Metascore

Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 87,290 | Gross: $115.72M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Steven Caple Jr.

Original Gross: $115,715,889

Adjusted Gross: $114,316,950

Added 31 December 2018

32. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 279,339 | Gross: $190.24M

Box Office Mojo Totals Co-Director: Peter Ramsey

Original Gross: $190,241,310

Adjusted Gross: $188,543,600

Added 28 January 2019

33. Us (II) (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 164,571 | Gross: $175.01M

Box Office Mojo Totals Director: Jordan Peele

Original Gross: $175,005,930

Adjusted Gross: $171,418,410

Added 15 August 2019



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