From a list of 112 movies currently playing in United States theaters the weekend of May 13th, box office gross reports show the indie film, "Out The Gate" starring Paul Campbell and Oliver Samuels at the position of #13 in the nation, in a ranking of average gross per screen. The action/drama also starring Shelli Boone and Everton (E-Dee) Dennis, opened in New York City at AMC Theaters and National Amusement Multiplex Cinemas last Friday in the first multi-theater opening for a Jamaican film in decades.
Paul Campbell, best known for his riveting performances in ‘Dancehall Queen’, ‘Shottas’, and ‘Third World Cop’, reportedly gripped the audience with his vicious portrayal of Badz, the don of LA, while Oliver Samuels, surprised audiences in a serious role, proving his talent extends beyond the traditional comedic roles that have made him a legend.
Well pleased with the weekend turnout, AMC Theaters, America’s largest theater chain, has booked the film for a second week. “Word of mouth is definitely spreading”, stated Keith Lewis, one of the films producers, “seeing the reaction of the audience has been the most rewarding part of this journey” he continued. The musically driven picture was directed by first time directors R.Steven Johnson and Qmillion under the name ‘The Village Brothers”. Produced and distributed by Jamaican/American company Far I Films, the triumphant movie is set to open in Jamaica this summer, and then return to North America for openings in Miami and Toronto, before moving on to London.