By Sandra Rose  | 

Yara Shahidi's sun is not burning so brightly. The former Black-ish star's television appeal hasn't translated well to the big screen.

According to, Warner Bros.' deportation-themed film The Sun Is Also a Star took in just $1.04 million at 2,073 theaters nationwide on Friday.

The Sun finished the weekend with a total box office gross of $2,600,000.

The 19-year-old who plays Zoey on teen tv drama Grown-ish stars in 'Sun' with Asian actor Charles Melton as two lovestruck teens who fall for each other despite their families facing deportation.

If you're guessing that 'Sun' is just another leftwing propaganda film, you're probably right. That may be one of the reasons why moviegoers avoided the movie in droves.

The other reason is Yara's acting is not strong enough to carry a feature film with an unknown actor sharing top billing.

Tracy Oliver wrote the screenplay with Ry Russo-Young directing.

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum dethroned Avengers: Endgame's reign at No. 1 with an estimated $56 million from 3,850 North American locations, according to

The 3rd installation of Keanu Reeves' action movie franchise took in $22.67 million on Friday. Franchise stars Laurence Fishburne and Ian McShane returned. Keanu brought in his rumored girlfriend Halle Berry, as well as franchise newcomers Anjelica Huston, Asia Kate Dillon, and Lance Reddick.

Meanwhile, Avengers: Endgame added another $29 million in receipts to its $2.5 billion worldwide gross to become the second highest-grossing film of all time - behind box office king Avatar with $2.78 billion.

Photos by Gotham/GC Images, Noam Galai/Getty Images

  • tia

    She's a pretty girl; young woman

  • Pamela

    She's a pretty young lady. She can't act though. Bless her heart .

  • Jay

    Yeah her acting skills isnt good for the big screen. She should stick with her show and maybe do somethings with netflix

  • KcoolMuziq

    Yara(whom daddy was one of Prince's(r.i.p.) main photographers) use to visit Paisley Park as a little girl and Prince(r.i.p.) still kept her picture on his desk in his main office at his massive estate when he transitioned. She has a bright future ahead of her. Plus was recently the topic of being one of the people that can easily play Chili in a TLC biopic.

  • luVn_liFe…

    Yara is gorg to me..but actor.. MEH.

  • OUBoyWonder

    I agree with others on here, her acting is NOT ready for the big screen. I keep watching Grown-ish, it's not the best but it's something "on" sometimes, ya know? Her range needs a lot of work. If I saw that movie I'd be sitting there the whole time thinking "That's just Zoey trying to piss off Dre by dating some Asian dude." LMAO!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Haven't heard anything about this movie ....I like her shoes

  • Wreckognize Game

    I met this guy that worked in one of the other buildings for my company. We were talking on the phone one night and he said he would call me back after watching Blackish. I was freaked out and through when his 50ish year old azz said he never misses because Yara is so pretty to him. ?Bye Pedo.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    My idiot box watching is very limited these days but did they do any promtibg?

  • sunni_daze

    Who's surprised? The previews told us that much.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    What movie is this.. Lawd I don't watch tv much so maybe I missed the promos..maybe it will hit Netflix next week since it bombed at the box office

  • Gloria


    And John Wick 3 was good. Love Keanu Reeves.

  • IAmLegend

    Next week tho? LMAOOOO

  • Miss Lady

    The Sun should have been a Netflix movie.

  • LA


  • Bree

    The movie should have been made for TV. I'm tired of movies that push interracial dating and/or marriages.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    The movie didn’t look good

  • Jess

    He truly looks like handsome squidward with such a chiseled face someone commented that and I can’t unsee it.

  • Tlowe89

    The previews seemed boring. Love Yara, but this should’ve been a straight to amazon prime show, not even Netflix, not even Hulu, but to prime

  • Tlowe89

    ?. She’s not even on blackish anymore, but that’s still gross. The show is super funny but to watch it in hopes of getting a glance at a 18yr old is suspect

  • Tlowe89

    Agreed. Her acting is extremely limited. Similar to Gabrielle Union.

  • Coy little wink

    Some of y'all dragged Halle for the wig but that's her real hair and I kinda dig it....

    Yara really rocking the two cornrows look...i like the hair jewelry...

  • luVn_liFe…

    that's a GOOD Call (gabb)

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty


  • Kimocha

    Awww Sorry Yara!... Meanwhile I heard they coming out with a show called Mix-ish... I'm like why do folk always gotta bite off of blk folks creations??... Damn!!... Sigh!!!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    yes she just needs some Pink Oil Moisturizer and a good brush I hate frizzy hair but this GA heat won't let me be great either chile

  • MsVAllDay

    Don't know about the movie but those gold pumps are everything!

  • iWasteTime

    What's the left winged propaganda in the film?
    They out here Keeping they mixed mixed baby and further getting us closer to doomsday 2045?

  • Trace da Ace

    oh well...catch it when it comes out on HBO...which will prolly be next month.

  • Coy little wink

    I think it's messy/frizzy on purpose. She showed off her undercut on her IG it's cute

    I love big messy hair tho...the bigger the better ?

  • Phillybruh

    Its from the producers of grownish and blackish its a spin off

  • Phillybruh

    I''m not sure anyone expected this movie to knock out avengers or john wick.

  • Coy little wink

    There was a post on it last week...where u been

  • justlooking

    Next month. LMBO

  • justlooking

    THOSE GOLD PUMPS!!!!! I'm only here for those....

  • iWasteTime

    Mixed-ish is a Blackish spinoff. It's Rainbow's story, pre Dre

  • Kimocha

    Oh OK... Cool!

  • Kimocha

    Oh, ok... Cool!

  • Yui

    The film is colorist and appears to be a far cry from it’s source material.

  • Karen Brady

    The commercials make me yawn. I'll take those gold shoes right off her feet though!!

  • Kanyade
  • Kanyade

    yeah, it's just another young adult "book to film" feature.

  • Kimberly King

    She's slaying me in all of these pics. Love the gold. No one wants to see a movie about a biracial chick falling in love with Chung. Next

  • Mr. Poopybutthole

    Oooooh you said a chung... I'm telling??LOL

  • Blaque Mahogany

    The concept for the movie was very...white. She's facing deportation but spends the entire preceding day with a man she doesn't know (because there is literally nothing else she could be doing). And of course they fall in love during that 7 hour period. Just...stupid.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    "Keanu brought in his rumored girlfriend Halle Berry"

    Run Keanu, run far far away.....

  • Applebootay

    I'm a big fan of the John WIck series and Keanu Reeves....I went to see Parabellum this weekend and it was OFF THE did not disappoint....Halle did an excellent job. Angelica Houston ALL of them ...excellent...

    On the other hand My 16 old daughter went to see The Sun is a star and said it was boring and a waste...Oh well

  • Applebootay

    It was I love me some Ke Ke and I've watched 1 & 2 several times...didn't think it could get any better but it was better than the other 2....I would see it again!

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    Havent seen any of the wick movies! Imma do a marathon once the 3rd one hits my firestick

  • Applebootay

    She's also Nas's cousin....

  • Tinytoon

    HBO next month, BET by July.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I’m already aware of that.

  • Logan Roberts

    Yara's acting is like watching paint dry.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Just reading about the movie is boring so I know the movie is boring as hell

  • Renee26

    Ion do love story movies... Proud of her nonetheless

  • Karen Brady

    Same here and definitely!

  • Renee26

    Right ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I'm glad somebody said it

  • Karen Brady

    So how is her little sisters's (on the show) movie with Taraji doing? Haven't heard anything about that.

  • Karen Brady

    What ya'll think about the movie 'Ma' with Octavia Spencer about to drop? Now those commecials get me excited .. tee hee.. I never want to see movies but I want to see that.

  • Renee26

    handsome squidward ???

  • Karen Brady

    And don't look back is what you sayin'?

  • Karen Brady

    "She's facing deportation but spends the entire preceding day with a man she doesn't know (because there is literally nothing else she could be doing). " LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Karen Brady


  • Renee26

    That I wanna see... I like thrillers

  • Karen Brady

    Me too! She giving them white children hell :-)

  • Renee26

    Maaaan I finally had time to go to the movies this weekend and it wasn't showing anymore. I missed the other sista flick What Men Want too... Damn my schedule! They're probably both on their way to Redbox

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!! #truth...and the Fuse channel by late summer

  • Applebootay


  • Applebootay

    Yup...sewing up their mouths shut....A MUST SEE

  • Applebootay

    My 16 yr old daughter said is was BOR-RING! LOL

  • Karen Brady

    I just HOLLERED!!!

  • Trey

    The premise of the movie was stupid and it was a forced agenda at work

  • Karen Brady

    Yes!! Damn!!! When I saw that What Men Want is on dvd or something I was like ALREADY?? Oh well.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    You know it ?

  • Yoni7

    I'm scared and intrigued at the same time.

  • Branch Davidian

    Well if they were truthful they would call the show crappy-ish but I don't think the network wants that. 3rd time isn't a charm...

  • Connie


  • davine puddin

    I have full lips with that being said. I dislike the close ups and her calculated speaking on blackish. Its like camara man or director is to in awe. She is pretty and talented. But naw im good with all the lip close ups. Just avoided the movie for the reasons i had given.

  • Li-Wright

    As far as I know this is her first "starring" movie role. Give her time. The first movie for first timers is usually a bomb.

  • T Willis

    The previews looked decent, but I don’t think I’m their target group. Besides, I’m burnt out on dramas and sad sh*t. It used to be “fantasy” but now that negativity and sadness is bordering a little too close to reality. I wish Yara and her costar the best o luck. Box office bombs aren’t uncommon for newcomers. I’m sure she’ll do better in the next few years.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Goes straight to YouTube to watch trailer....only movie I've seen at theater in 5 years in black panther but this RIGHT HEEAARR!

  • Rayscoty

    She is a boring actress..

  • Applebum

    Keanu brought in his rumored girlfriend Halle Berry
    Now you know Keanu play for the other team.

  • s e l i n a k y l e.

    The trailer for this movie was haunting me on Pinterest. I'm not interested in love stories, so it's a hard pass. No ill will to Yara! Just not my type of flick.

  • onelove

    she is pretty tho..

  • bemetoo

    Maybe because the lead male is GAY... he wasn’t convincing enough

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!! Right! Hope it ain't a flop!

  • Karen Brady

    Yup.. me too:-)

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina


  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina

    Don’t forget the commercials/tv ads?

  • MJ

    Yep. The supporting cast of Grown-ish is really earning their money.

  • blazewon22

    That movie just looked stupid. Pass...

  • ImReallyCaitlynNotMelania

    The movie Little is with Regina Hall and Issa Rae, not Taraji. It did well at the box office pulling in over 40m on a 20m budget.

  • ImReallyCaitlynNotMelania

    I'm going tomorrow.

  • PlayerP

    Does he??? I've heard just the opposite and has a penchant Black women...

  • 1BlueStar

    Maybe its becuz shes boring and has an annoying monotone voice ?

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    It's based off a book that was written by a black woman. She actually spends the day fighting to speak with a immigrations lawyer and meets the boy along the way.

  • MistaO

    Wick 3 = lackluster

  • Allihave2say

    One of the additional problems with "The Sun" is that the costar is grossly unattractive/unfortunate looking. Love stories have to make the audience want to copy the love they see. I don't see the appeal of him.

    Yara is a soft actress.

    I love Keanu Reeves and the John Wick series. I'm a deadlock none Halle fan. I couldn't stand seeing her in the pic above so I damn sure don't want to see her in a movie even a series I love.

  • Arii


  • Kay J

    As pretty as she is, she is boring asf.......NEXT!

  • Junkanoo

    I like that look on her understated ,movement ,minimal. Now l don't watch Blackish always thought it was dull so I don't know much about this young lady. But l do like Blasian couples there so cute way more sexy than black and white couples meh!

  • Sassie

    Not sure why this movie even opened at an actual theater. It looked like some shit that should have been on Lifetime or Netflix. This was a bad move to begin with. Ol' girl not a big name like that and NOBODY even know the Asian kid.

  • Sassie

    Keanu is not gay, nor is he dating Halle.

  • Wreckognize Game

    This happened the last year that she was on Blackish. I don’t think that she was 18 yet but it didn’t matter. It is creepy. He didn’t say it was a funny show, that he liked Anthony or Tracy or anything. Just that he thought she was beautiful. She is and you are a pedo Sir. ?

  • HelloToni

    So what if she is boring. Is it because she is not a thot and twerking all over the place and when a new love interest every weekend? I love that this your lady donated lots of money to the organization responsible for bailing out incarcerated mothers from jail before Mother's day! So what if she is boring.

  • Maxx

    T Willis we need more like you! Love the positivity

  • Maxx

    I don't think the same camera man that works on Blackish will be working on the set of her movie. IJS

  • Maxx

    Yeah I think they made the movie due to its political overtones. Immigration, black family, young black girl, love, etc., etc.

  • Maxx

    They should have just sent it straight to Lifetime. It would have done well there.

  • Maxx

    Boring is all relative. What she is is a responsible mature compassion young black woman who is growing into her talents. People just want to see irresponsible, loud, and drama filled people nowadays


    Shes beautiful and very mature and it translate on screen but does she connect with the audience? She's one of the few that actually can... some seem like they are from a Nickelodeon show. The issue black Hollywood has with these new found actresses with all these different mixes they are promoting are a lot of them are not relatable to the American black female audience.
    Its the appeal and a familiarity that a younger Jasmine Guy, Nia Long and a Jada Pinkett, Theresa Randle all had and has and even a Megan Good that a black female audience believes them in roles.

  • sjames

    she does NOt have the ability to emote correctly in scenes. just watch the episodes of Grown-ish where she is heartbroken or torn to pieces, it's forced and fake. her co-stars do WAAAAYYYY better especially when they're all in emotional scenes together. beautiful, smart, talented, can model, and would make a great spokesperson. actress, she needs more help

  • sjames

    no, she simply can't act. i love who she is as a person but i say time and time again when i'm watching her on grown-ish, she does not connect or emote well in scenes. everyone on her own show out acts her. it's like seeing A Different World all over again only she's Denise. she does not keep the show entertaining

  • sjames

    i LOVE them!!! she is basically a denise huxtable in her own show

  • sjames

    she reminds me of Lisa Bonet. beautiful but needs a LOT of great supporting actors and actresses around her to make her own skills "work"

  • HelloToni

    And that is so disturbing.