Coming To America Turns 30: The Story That Started It All
“What is that velvet?”
“Just let your soul glow!”
“She’s your queen to beeeeeee!”
The movie Coming To America has created so many quoteables, memes, Halloween outfits, themed parties and spin-off ideas, that it has become the go-to movie that never disappoints no matter how many times it comes on cable.
Released on June 29, 1988, by Paramount Pictures in the United States, it was a commercial box-office success, both domestically and worldwide. The film debuted at number one with $21,404,420 from 2,064 screens, for a five-day total of $28,409,497. The film made $128,152,301 in the United States and ended up with a worldwide total of $288,752,301. It was the highest earning film that year for the studio and the third-highest-grossing film at the United States box office.
This year, 2018, marks its 30th anniversary. Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Eddie Murphy transformed into the Prince of Zamunda, Randy Watson, the old white Jewish guy and so many other unforgettable characters? Well, let’s take a look back at some of the films funniest moments.
The movie was so good and so funny, everyone was talking about doing a sequel. And it was all just hype until Eddie tweeted out that yes, indeed there will be a sequel and they had already started working on it.
Speaking to Good Morning America about the legacy of “Coming to America” celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this week, writers David Sheffield and Barry Blaustein touched on the upcoming sequel – which will reportedly see Prince Akeem heading to America to find his long lost son.
“Eddie [Murphy] called us and said, ‘We’re going to do a sequel. We have a notion and an idea,’” he recalled.
“It began with the notion that Eddie’s character Prince Akeem] has to find his son, who can become the king because the country has this tradition that the eldest male [will take the throne],” Sheffield continued. “So it’s Eddie pursuing his long lost son, who’s an American. That was the basis of it. That was the beginning.”
The film, which will be directed by Jonathan Levine (“Snatched”, “Warm Bodies”), is one both screenwriters resisted doing for decades.
“We had resisted doing a sequel for a long time because we thought it was pretty much a ‘fade to complete,’” Sheffield said. “We thought it was…