Blaque's Film Debut, 'Bring It On,' #1 At Box Office

Follow-up to R&B trio's 1999 self-titled first CD should hit stores early next year.

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It seems that the ladies of Blaque did a mighty fine job choosing their first feature film project.

"Bring It On," which sees the R&B group sharing screen time with Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, turned it on at the box office during the weekend, grossing a surprising $17.4 million. The tally was enough to earn the teen-oriented cheerleading comedy the #1 spot in ticket sales during the weekend, besting the Wesley Snipes action-thriller "The Art of War."

The box-office victory means the trio aced their first foray into film, apparently with relative ease.

"In my opinion, I would say singing is harder, because with singing comes other elements," Blaque's Natina Reed said. "You've got to perform, you've got to do videos, [and] you have to be an actress at the same time.

"You have to learn to smile when you don't feel like it, you have to be cordial and you have to learn the business," she added. "There are just more elements involved in singing than in acting. In acting, you just let your naturalness come through and it's all good."

In the fall, Blaque will return to music, heading into the studio to work on the follow-up to their 1999 self-titled debut. Blaque's sophomore effort should hit stores early next year.

The trio's "I Do" (RealAudio excerpt) is up for Best Editing in a Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. EDT Sept. 7.

— Tina Johnson