Producer Will Packer has established himself as one of Hollywood’s blockbuster hit makers with seven of his films opening number one at the box office. In 2013, Packer signed first-look production deals with Universal Pictures and Universal Television. Under both deals he develops new projects for the studios under his Will Packer Productions banner.
His most successful film to date is Universal’s Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, that debuted number one at the box office in 2014 with record-breaking receipts totaling $48.6 million during the Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend opening of the film, making it one of the biggest January opening box office tallies of all time. The film also went on to be number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks and grossed over $153 million worldwide.
Packer’s number one films also include No Good Deed (2014), Think Like A Man Too (2014), Think Like A Man (2012), Takers (2010), Obsessed (2008) and Stomp The Yard (2007). Collectively, Will Packer’s films have grossed $800 million. He will serve as one of the executive producers on Straight Outta Compton, the biopic on the rap group N.W.A that will be released in August of2015. His next film, Ride Along 2, will debut in theaters on January 15, 2016.
He has been featured on the cover of Black Enterprise and Essence magazines and acknowledged on several high profile magazine lists including Variety’s 10 Producers To Watch, Black Enterprise’s 10 Most Bankable Producers In Hollywood and Ebony’s prestigious Power 100 list.
In 2012, Packer was inducted as a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the organization known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars. As part of the Academy Conversations series, the organization presented a conversation with Packer at the Sundance Film Festival in2013. This marked the first time the Academy participated in a program at the renowned festival.
The producer delivers educational and motivational speeches at colleges and universities and for youth and community organizations nationwide. He has spoken at Harvard University and in March 2015, he visited The White House to support President Barack Obama’s Call to Arts initiative and emphasize the importance of giving back to the community. He has been honored with the key to the city of his hometown, St.Petersburg, FL as well as Miami, FL. “Will Packer Day” has been proclaimed in Chattanooga, TN and Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Packer is a 1996 magna cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He resides in Atlanta with his family.