The islands of the Bahamas was invaded by Hollywood this past weekend. Hollywood Producer Will Packer celebrated his 40th Birthday in style, especially Caribbean Style. The successful filmmaker of recent box office hits such as Ride Along and Think Like Man, partied with a variety of stars in Nassau, Bahamas April 11-13, 2014 in epic fashion. The Bahamas has successfully marketed to multicultural consumers, through strategic partnerships with their Consul General and Tourism liaisons in Atlanta, Georgia. This weekend, their efforts to welcome new film projects to the region, made national news.
Packer was joined by his fiancée Heather Hayslett, he hosted nearly 200 of his family and friends including Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, La La Anthony, Michael Ealy, Angie Martinez, Tika Sumpter, DJ Drama, Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker, David Banner, Affion Crockett, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, BET President Stephen G. Hill, E! News Anchor Terrence J, Directors Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man), Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) and Rob Hardy (Criminal Minds, Bones), Magazine execs Vanessa Bush (Editor In Chief, Essence magazine) and Mitzi Miller (Editor In Chief, Jet magazine), Angie Beyince, Jerome Bettis, Nephew Tommy, Po Johnson, Oronde Garrett, Terri Vaughn & Karon Riley, The Honorable Terrinee L. Gundy and Will Packer Productions executives Barbara Dreyfuss and Korin D. Huggins.
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This past weekend box office tally has a record breaker as the winner. Producer Will Packer with Rainforest films/Packer Productions, has another blockbuster to add to his list of successful movies.
Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter, and Kevin Hart pictures above, at the New York premiere of “Ride Along” may reflect how the trio must be feeling about the film’s success right now.
The cop-comedy grossed over $48 million over the weekend, setting a box office record for having the biggest Friday-Sunday opening in January history! Over the four-day MLK holiday weekend, the flick is projected to take in a grand total of $49 million, setting another box office record for biggest MLK weekend opening ever!
The stars in this film have clearly worked to build this success. Kevin Hart, who started his career in 1992, on BET Comic View, has been rising from the bottom to his current status as a “King of comedy”.
He’s also doing very win off the big screen as well. In 2012, he launched the “Let Me Explain” comedy tour, selling out Madison Square Garden for two straight nights, and he later turned the footage into a self-financed documentary that raked in over $32 million at the box office. The project only cost $2 million to make. He’s also dominating TV, with his Real Husbands of Hollywood premiering last year with 4.1 million viewers on BET.
This team worked very hard promoting the film throughout the nation. MADD LOVE to Ride along!