For the last month, Ryan Coogler‘s foray into the Marvel cinematic universe, Black Panther has absolutely dominated the box office, both at home and abroad. After this weekend’s sales, the movie topped $1 BILLION in global box office revenue, but it isn’t the only adventure flick breaking records in theaters.
Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the YA novel A Wrinkle In Time raked over $30 million in domestic sales during its opening weekend, landing it in the number-two box office slot after Black Panther and making history in the process — Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time are the first two Black-made movies to rank first and second in the US box office ever.
The two blockbusters are also the second and third Black directed films that have ever had a budget of over $100 million dollars to be made by Black film makers (the first was The Fast and the Furious 7, directed by F. Gary Gray), and the fact that these two movies take up spots one and two at the box office is an exciting feat. DuVernay is also the first Black woman to ever be handed such a big budget movie.
While critics adore Black Panther, many (white, male) critics have lambasted DuVernay’s take on the Madeline L’Engle novel. But the movie’s target audience seems to love the adaptation, which stars Storm Reid as the plucky lead character, Meg Murray, who is on a mission to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance with the help of three celestial beings played by Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon.
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