Jennifer Lopez Earns Best Live-Action Box Office Opening of Her Career with “Hustlers”

Jennifer Lopez is proving the hustle is worth the effort…

The 50-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s latest film Hustlers earned a stellar $33.2 million-plus from 3,250 theaters at the U.S. box office, the best start ever for STXfilms and the best live-action opening of J.Lo‘s career, according to early returns.

Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers

The female-led ensemble film came in a strong second behind New Line and Warner Bros.’ holdover It: Chapter Two, which earned $40.7 million in its sophomore outing.

Hustlers — buoyed by a diverse audience — is based on real-life events chronicled in a 2015 New York magazine story and stars Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and more as strippers who lead a band of dancers in a plot to drug and steal from their Wall Street clientele in Recession-era New York City.

Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo also star in the film from writer-director Lorene Scafaria, which earned rave reviews out of its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. 

Hustlers cost a reported $20 million to make before marketing and is a much-needed win for STX (the indie studio’s previous biggest opening was Bad Moms with $23.8 million, not adjusted for inflation).

Females made up 67 percent of Hustlers‘ audience, while Caucasians represented 36 percent of ticket buyers, followed by African Americans (26 percent), Hispanics (27 percent) and Asians/Other (11 percent).

Trailer Released for Jennifer Lopez’s Stripper Crime Caper “Hustlers”

Jennifer Lopez is ready to hustle and pole…

The first trailer has been released for the 49-year-old Puerto Rican superstar’s new film Hustlers.

Jennifer Lopez

J.Loleads an all-star cast that includes Constance WuCardi B (in her acting debut) and Lizzo in the crime caper about strippers who scam their wealthy Wall Street clients. 

Judging by the trailer, which dropped at midnight, the film will certainly get pulses racing.

The clip leads with J.Lo showing off her pole-dancing talents, as a teacher to her co-workers and as a professional exotic dancer. Lopez goes on to lead the ladies into a brilliant heist. 

“The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules,” she tells her co-stars. “It’s like robbing a bank, but you get the keys.” 

Hustlers is directed by Lorene Scafaria and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay along with Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas

The feature film, adapted from Jessica Pressler‘s 2015 New York Magazinearticle, “The Hustlers at Scores,” is set to hit theaters on September 13 via STX Films.

Cardi B Graces the Cover of New York Magazine

Cardi B is an Empire State cover girl…

The 25-year-old half-Dominican American rapper graces the cover of New York Magazine in what she called a “dream come true” on social media.

Cardi B New York Magazine

Cardi B, a native of The Bronx, touches on a number of topics in the feature, including feminism, wedding plans, staying in the music industry and possibly getting more cosmetic surgery.

Allison P. Davis wrote the cover story, which focuses a good portion on feminism — something the “Bodak Yellow” rapper seems interested in redefining. Per the piece, Cardi B isn’t in any rush to identify herself as a “feminist.”

Cardi B New York Magazine

“You know what? I’m not even gonna consider myself nothing,” she said. “Here’s the thing that bitches got me fucked up when it comes to that word. People think that being a feminist is a bitch that, like, went to school. They wear skirts all the way to their motherfucking ankles like a goddamn First Lady. That’s not being a feminist. Being a feminist is being equal to do what a man do. N—as hustle, and I hustle n—as.”

The “feminist” conversation around Cardi was sparked last year when she covered Vibe Magazine with the bold title beside her. Cardi responded to haters in November of last year with a video posted to her Instagram, saying, “The problem is that being a feminist is something so great, but y’all don’t want me to be great.”

Cardi B, who graced the cover of Rolling Stone in October, has had a breakout year, with “Bodak Yellow” enjoying it’s 18th week on the Billboard Hot 100.

This week, she notched her first three hits on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop/R&B chart simultaneously with “Bodak Yellow” and serving up fire assists on “MotorSport” and G Eazy’s “No Limit.”

Read New York Magazine story in full here