Blaque And "Bring It On" Take Box Office

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 share screen time with Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union, turned it on at the box office over the weekend, grossing a surprising $17.4 million. The tally was enough to earn the teen-oriented cheerleading comedy the number one spot at the box office over the weekend, besting the Wesley Snipes action-thriller "The Art Of War."

The box office victory means that Blaque aced its first foray into film, and apparently the trio did it with relative ease. "In my opinion, I would say singing is harder, because with singing comes other elements. You've got to perform, you've got to do videos, [and] you have to be an actress at the same time," Blaque's Natina Reed told MTV News.

"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 its all good." [RealVideo]

The women of Blaque will soon return to music with a trip to the studio this fall 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" is up for Best Editing In A Video at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on September 7 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).