Monday, June 14, 2021



Hidden Empire Film Group’s highly anticipated horror-comedy THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: MEET THE BLACKS 2, the follow-up to the 2016 indie hit MEET THE BLACKS, opened strong in 420 theaters nationwide on Friday, June 11 earning aestimated three-day weekend box office of $1,064,000 with a Per Screen Average of $2,533.  With sell-outs across the country, demand remained high through Sunday pre-sales and will be met by an expansion for week 2.


The film earned numerous accolades this opening weekend including:

·              #1 Comedy in North America       

·              #1 highest-grossing new Independent film release

·              Biggest opening for a feature film in less than 1,000 locations since March 2020


Carl Black (Mike Epps) is about to face off with the neighbor from hell (Katt Williams) in The House Next Door. Carl has only ever wanted the best for his family, but after surviving the events that led to his (not-so-)bestselling book, he’s moving everyone to his childhood home, where’s he’ll contend not only with his wife Lorene (Zulay Henao) and kids Allie (Bresha Webb) and Carl Jr. (Alex Henderson) but everyone who drives him crazy: Cronut (Lil Duval), Freezee (Andrew Bachelor), Rico (Tyrin Turner), and an entire neighborhood of characters who seem to attract strange activity after dark. And nothing could be more freaky than his new neighbor Dr. Mamuwalde (Williams), who may or may not be a vampire. From co-writer/director Deon Taylor (Fatale, The Intruder), as the Meet the Blacks universe expands, it will be up to Carl to figure out what his neighbor is up to in the middle of the night before it’s too late for him and his family.


“We are blown away by the community and the culture’s support for our self-released, financed and marketed film, which was the sequel to our 2016 breakout hit MEET THE BLACKS, which we also self-released,” said Deon Taylor, co-writer/director of THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: MEET THE BLACKS 2 and co-founder of Hidden Empire Film Group. “As independent Black filmmakers and entrepreneurs, we are focused on growing a vertically integrated, value-driven business where we create content for all audience segments, own our IP, and give a voice to underrepresented audiences. As we can see, based on this weekend, this further evidences that there truly is a hunger for the kind of content that we are creating. While there aren’t many films released each year that are catered to the Black and Brown audiences through the traditional studio system, we at Hidden Empire will always be the conduit to tell these stories and to fill this void. Thank you to the audiences who sold out theaters across the country as well as our wonderful exhibition partners who showed this movie to be seen in the way it should be…on the big screen!” 


THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR: MEET THE BLACKS 2 stars Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Bresha Webb, Lil Duval (Scary Movie V), Zulay Henao (“The Oath”), Tyrin Turner (Menace II Society), Alex Henderson (Creed), Michael Blackson (Dutch), Andrew Bachelor (Holidate), Gary Owen (Ride Along), Snoop Dogg, Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), Rick Ross).  The film is co-written and directed by Deon Taylor (Fatale, Black, and Blue), co-written by Corey Harrell produced by Hidden Empire Film Group’s Deon Taylor, Roxanne Avent Taylor and Omar Joseph, Naptown Productions’ Mike Epps, Angi Bones, and Shannon McIntosh, and executive produced by Robert F. Smith, Katt Williams, Michael Finley and Joaquin Guedes.


Instagram: @meet_the_blacks

Twitter: @MeettheBlacks 


Hidden Empire Film Group (“HEFG”), founded by Black filmmaking team Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent Taylor in partnership with investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith, is a next-generation film production, distribution, and marketing company.  HEFG has partnered with major distributors including LIONSGATE on the steamy thriller FATALE starring Michael Ealy & two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and TRAFFIK, starring Paula Patton & Omar Epps as well as SONY SCREEN GEMS on the timely and insightful crime thriller BLACK & BLUE starring Academy Award® nominee Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Mike Colter, and Frank Grillo and the psychological thriller THE INTRUDER starring Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, and Dennis Quaid. Upcoming projects include the John Lewis biopic FREEDOM RIDE; the psychological thriller DON’T FEAR, which completed principal photography during the pandemic; the psychological thriller SILENT JOHN to be directed by Aisha Tyler; the next installment in the Meet the Blacks franchise THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR;  and  CJ Entertainment’s horror title GRAVE HILL. Learn more at


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