After the success of the first two ''Best Man'' films, Malcolm D. Lee is ready to shoot a third

By Nicole Sperling
Updated November 22, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST

The Best Man Holiday definitely has reason for good cheer. The $17 million sequel to 1999’s The Best Man opened with $30.1 million this past weekend, more than double the estimates and just a few million shy of the weekend take for the superhero sequel Thor: The Dark World. (The first Best Man film opened with $9 million.) Malcolm D. Lee directed, wrote, and produced the ensemble romantic comedy costarring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan, along with its predecessor. When EW spoke to him after his movie’s blockbuster weekend, Lee was excited yet baffled about how Hollywood still manages to be surprised by hit African-American films. “I’m tired of the dismissive, marginalized way that movies starring African-American actors who don’t happen to be Will Smith or Denzel Washington or Kevin Hart [are talked about when they] perform well at the box office,” he says. “Tyler Perry makes a movie and it’s number one almost every time. Think Like a Man was number one two weeks in a row. People talk about us overperforming, but I feel like we got underestimated.”

Lee’s banking that it won’t happen again: He’s planning to move quickly off this success toward a third Best Man film for his beloved cast. “I have a great idea for another one. It will be a lot of fun, but in a different environment,” says Lee. “And I don’t want to wait another 14 years.”

The Best Man Holiday

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  • Malcolm D. Lee