Jennifer Lopez’s new movie "Hustler" was one of the weekend’s biggest winners for grossing a whopping $33 million in 3,250 North American theaters.
Though it was out beaten by "It: Chapter Two", the movie reportedly had the biggest ever opening for a STXfilms movie and for a Lopez live-action movie. It may have ranked second at the North American box office, but it boosted rave reviews and outperformed expectations on a $20 million production budget after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.
Not only did the movie earn praise from critics but also it generated Golden Globes and Oscar-nomination buzz, especially for Lopez’s performance.
If she earns an official nomination, it will be her second at an awards show, dating back to 1997 when the multi-hyphenate entertainer was nominated for a Golden Globe for her breakout lead role in "Selena". With this movie, she became the first Latina actress to earn over $1 million.
Adding to the movie’s list of achievements, "Hustler" had the biggest opening weekend starring women of color and also earned an 87% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.
According to the film’s studio data, 67% of the audience over the weekend was female and 69% were over 25.
Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, "Hustlers" is based on a true story from a 2015 New York magazine about a group of NYC strippers, led by Lopez, who resort to conning their rich male clientele following the country's 2008 financial crisis.
Also a producer of the movie, Lopez stars alongside a female-led ensemble including Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Cardi B, and Lizzo and Lili Reinhart in the star-studded movie.
She launched her career in 1991 and went to become one of the most popular artists in the world. As of September, Lopez’s net worth is $43 million and she was ranked 76th on the Forbes’ 29 Celebrity 100 Earnings list.