Top 20 Black Films Ranked by CMP Profit Ratio*


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Key Stats: Over 200 Black films released since She’s Gotta Have It in 1986

  • their aggregate US box office: $7.7 billion
  • their  aggregate CMP Profit Ratio *: 2.13
  • their average US Box Office: $38.05 million
  • their median US Box Office: $25.95 million

* Represents the film’s US box office gross expressed as a multiple of the film’s estimated negative cost.

This Month's Articles

Making the Case for Investing in Independent Film

As an accredited investor, a CPA and long-time patron of the motion picture arts, I believe its high time that the art of raising equity financing for independent film be elevated to a science. Too often, the burden of selling the merits of investing in independent film is placed squarely on the backs of its filmmakers. I don’t mean to disparage independent filmmakers, but they are probably the least prepared to articulate any compelling financial reasons to invest in the sector. More…

WW Hodkinson and the Nexus between Financing and Distribution

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The Blueprint: Investing in Independent Black Cinema

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