*The Easter box office returns are in and movie titan Tyler Perry’s successful sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? (WDIGM2) opened with an impressive $30.2 million take coming in at #2 as the top grossing film. The #2 spot makes Perry’s movie a brand you can bank on and sets his fans -– and returning starry cast — up for a prequel. The titanic Clash of the Titans came in No. 1.
Lionsgate released WDIGM2 nationwide on Friday, April 2, 2010. The comic drama is Perry’s biggest opening outperforming the 2007 original film – WDIGM — by almost $10 million. The provocative film with poignant consequences is about the trials and tribulations of eight married college friends and their marital relationships.
Perry, who produced, wrote, directed and stars in WDIGM2 was in the Big Apple to attend and host the glamorous red carpet movie premiere on Monday, March 22, 2010 at the School of Visual Arts Theater in tony Chelsea.
Immediately following the glitzy Big Apple premiere, guests made their way down to The Bowery Hotel rooftop for a fabulous after party where guests and celebrities mixed and mingled while enjoying premium drinks and delicious food. The décor was the ultimate lounge environment and provided the perfect backdrop for great conversation.
In addition to Perry and his co-producers Reuben Cannon and Roger Bobb other stars attending the Opening Night screening and post party celebration included the celestial cast of WDIGM2: Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Richard T. Jones, Tasha Smith, Lamman Rucker, Richard Jai White, Cicely Tyson, Tyson Gilmore and Ni-Iman Muhammad.
The star-studded premiere was also attended by Michael “Mike” Paseornek, president, Lionsgate Films Productions, WDIGM Judge Greg Mathis, Lynn Whitfield, Dr. Maya Angelou, Melvin Van Peeples, Ashford & Simpson, Tee Alston, Lynn Whitfield, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dominique Sharpton, Ice-T & Coco, Terri J. Vaughn, Reebie Jackson, The Blind Side’s Quinton Aaron, Faye Wattleton, Penwah Phynjuar, Tobias Truvillion, Gayle King, designer b michael, Jessica White, Unlimited Contact’s Bob Tate and daughter Dedra Tate, and AOL Black Voices’ Karu F. Daniels and Jawn Murray.
Kudos to Red Sea Entertainment — an independent publicity and marketing firm specializing in reaching African American audiences — in their involvement in making certain that the Black press was in the house. The company manned by Anna Fuson and Tagan Lee also worked on Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? with the same success. (Photos by Wilson Morales)
Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.