Superfly appears to be superflopping. Released last Wednesday on 2,220 screens nationwide, the Columbia Pictures remake of the 1972 blaxploitation favorite has grossed only $10.7 million to date, a dismal figure for such a wide opening. Industry analysts must be wondering whether the titanic commercial success earlier this year of Disney’s African-themed Black Panther—which grossed $292 million in its opening week and now ranks as the fourth-biggest moneymaker of all time at $1.3 billion worldwide—was only a fluke. But anyone comparing the two movies based on the color of their skin overlooks the content of their character: Black Panther offers up a noble comic-book superhero with a proud African lineage, whereas Superfly tells the story of a decadent cocaine dealer who manages to beat all the odds. Continue reading>>