Coming to America is an American romantic comedy film. This film released in 1988. The movie is directed by John Landis and based on a story which is created by Eddie Murphy. Likewise, the film was released on the 29th of June, 1988, in the United States. Moreover, it also has its sequel named ‘Coming to America 2.’

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The plot is based on a fictional African nation of Zamunda and its crown prince Akeem Joffer who feels weary of his pampered lifestyle and wishes to do something more in his life on his 21st birthday. Similarly, Akeem and his best friend Semmi travel to the New York City borough of Queens after his parents present him with an arranged bride-to-be. They rent a squalid tenement under the guise of poor foreign students in the neighborhood of Long Island City. Akeem joins a rally where the locals are invited and then encounters Lisa McDowell and finds her attractive. In addition, the plot then shows the romantic relations and the complication between Akeem and Lisa.

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  • Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem, the prince of Zamunda
  • Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Akeem’s friend
  • James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer
  • John Amos as Cleo McDowell
  • Madge Sinclair as Queen Aoleon
  • Shari Headley as Lisa McDowell
  • Paul Bates as Oha
  • Eriq La Salle as Darryl Jenks
  • Frankie Faison as Landlord
  • Vanessa Bell as Imani Izzi
  • Louie Anderson as Maurice
  • Allison Dean as Patrice McDowell
  • Sheila Johnson as Lady-in-Waiting
  • Jake Steinfeld as Cab Driver
  • Calvin Lockhart as Colonel Izzi
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Hold-Up Man

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The movie was released by Paramount Pictures on the 29th of June, 1988, in the United States. The movie was a commercial box-office success, both domestically and worldwide. Likewise, the film debuted with $21,404,420 from 2,064 screens at number one, for a five-day total of $28,409,497. Moreover, the film made a worldwide total of $288,752,301 and made $128,152,301 in the United States. Coming to America is the highest-earning film of that year for the studio.

The movie opened a month later in the UK and earned $7,712,622 during its seven-week run, and opened on the 2nd of September in West Germany. Likewise, it debuted at number one with $3,715,791 from 297 screens.

Coming to America 2 (Sequel) 

The sequel to the 1988 film ‘Coming to America’ released on March 4, 2021. This film was released digitally via Prime Video. Following its release, Amazon claimed the film had the best opening weekend of any streaming film since March 2020.