A portion of the ticket sales were donated to Plaza Del Sol Family Health Center in Corona.
This premiere kicked off the 2021 season of the Queens Drive-In, which is co-sponsored by Amazon Studios and Borough President Donovan Richards.
Richards attended the event dressed as King Jaffe, the character played by James Earl Jones in the film. He thanked the Museum of the Moving Image, Rooftop Films, New York Hall of Science and Amazon for helping bring the premiere to Queens.
“Coming to America is the quintessential, iconic Queens film,” Richards said. “We are beyond thrilled to host one of the only screenings of its sequel, Coming 2 America, right here in the film’s backyard.”
The film stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprising their roles as Akeem and Semmi, a prince and his servant from the African kingdom of Zamunda.
In the sequel, Akeem discovers he has an illegitimate son still living in Queens, whose mother and uncle, played by Leslie Jones and Tracey Morgan, bring the borough’s toughness to the pampered palaces of Zamunda.
The film also stars Wesley Snipes, who steals the show as a rival to Akeem who wants to wed his son and daughter to take over the Zamundan throne.
Coming 2 America doesn’t drastically change much from the first film other than adding bigger set pieces, costumes and production design. It’s not going to win any awards, but the film does have a lot of heart.
Programming at Queens Drive-In will continue throughout the spring with movies classics like Escape From New York, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Muppets take Manhattan and more.
Councilman Francisco Moya said the screenings bring a much-needed respite for families during the pandemic.
“I am proud to continue to support this initiative as we go into the spring and a new sense of normalcy with one of our favorite forms of entertainment,” Moya said.
Tickets for March and April programming are on sale now at queensdrivein.com, and additional free and ticketed events will be announced throughout the spring.