Lena Waithe, Common, Kobe Bryant And More Are Buying Out Theaters For ‘Just Mercy’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Michael B. Jordan (R) and guests attend the LA Community Screening of Warner Bros Pictures' "Just Mercy" at Cinemark Baldwin Hills on January 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

Lena Waithe, Common, Kobe Bryant And More Are Buying Out Theaters For ‘Just Mercy’

The film, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, has received rave reviews.

Published January 9, 2020

Written by Paul Meara

A large list of celebrities, organizations, and corporations have been participating in theater buyouts of the Warner Bros. Pictures film Just Mercy since its limited release on Christmas Day.

The film has received excellent reviews since hitting select theaters, earning a “Certified Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes and a rare A+ CinemaScore. It’s also won seven Audience Awards at film festivals, including Mill Valley, Twin Cities and Heartland.

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The movie depicts attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan) who courageously took on the powers that be in Alabama to save an innocent Black man on death row. Jamie Foxx stars in the film and has been getting Oscar buzz. 

Stars from the worlds of acting, sports, fashion, and music, as well as faith leaders, have bought out theaters to offer free admission to as many people as possible. Kobe Bryant, John Legend, Kanye and Kim Kardashian, Common, Lena Waithe, Microsoft, Facebook, and Coach are just a few of the people and brands who have pitched in.

The worldwide theater opening for Just Mercy comes tomorrow (January 10). See a list of the celebs, organizations and coporations that have helped pitch in for the theater buyouts below.

    • John Legend
    • Common
    • Lena Waithe
    • Garrett Temple from the Brooklyn Nets
    • Devin McCourty, New England Patriots Defensive Back #32
    • Jason McCourty, New England Patriots Cornerback #30
    • Microsoft
    • Coach
    • Facebook
    • Goldhouse
    • JPMorgan Chase
    • Prudential Financial
    • Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group
    • Eastdil Secured
    • The Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation & Third Point LLC
    • The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
    • Chris & Crystal Sacca
    • Michael & Lydia Kives
    • Sheryl Leach
    • William McMorrow, Chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson
    • just keep livin foundation
    • Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    • Pastor Jamal Bryant and New Birth Church, Atlanta
    • Dr. Irishea Hilliard and New Light Church, Houston
    • Bishop Dale Bronner and Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Atlanta
    • Sports teams including: 
      • From the NBA: Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings
      • From the NFL: San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons

Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

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