Universal Pictures critical darling “Girls Trip” opened to a rousing $30.4 million — the best start for an R-rated comedy in two years and the best showing for any live-action comedy so far this year. The movie achieved those distinctions because it appealed to an array of audiences: African Americans made up 51 percent of ticket buyers, followed by Caucasians at 38 percent, according to industry leader PostTrak.

Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who shared producing duties with Will Packer, placed an impressive No. 2 behind Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which opened to $50.5 million. Girls Trip cost around $20 million to produce, while Dunkirk sports a net budget of $100 million.

Earning a coveted A+ CinemaScore — virtually unprecedented for a live-action comedy — Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for a wild, raunchy weekend of fun.

Girls Trip is hella funny and Tiffany Haddish stole the show! The grapefruit bit is classic. A star is born!

dina

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