Ava DuVernay Becomes First Black Woman Director, 13th Black Director Overall, To Have A Film Gross $100M At The Box Office

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June 19th 2018

Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time has hit the $100 million mark at the domestic box office in 14 weeks.

The fantasy film by Disney starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine has officially made $100,000,127 in domestic gross, according to Box Office Mojo. The domestic number plus the foreign gross, $32,100,959, puts the film at $132,101,086 worldwide.

The film follows Meg Murry (Reid), her brother (Deric McCabe) and friend (Levi Miller) as they go on a journey through space and time to find Meg's father (Pine) trapped in an interdimensional prison. A Wrinkle in Time is now available on home release.

With the milestone, DuVernay joins an elite list. She becomes only the 13th black director to direct a $100 million-grossing film and the first black woman director. She joins Ryan Coogler, F. Gary Gray, Tim Story, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jordan Peele, Malcolm D. Lee, John Singleton, Clark Johnson, Lee Daniels, Antoine Fuqua, Sidney Poitier and Peter Ramsey.

Among her upcoming projects, DuVernay is working on DC Comics' film adaptation of New Gods and the TV movie Battle of Versailles, which focuses on the 1973 Palace of Versailles fashion show which showcased fashion from Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Halson, and Bill Blass. DuVernay has also signed on to produce historical drama The Last Amazon for Atrium TV, to develop a TV series adaptation of Octavia Butler's Dawn with Victoria Mahoney and to develop a comedy series with Colin Kaepernick, based on his high school life. A CBS racial drama which she executive produces, Red Line, is set to premiere in early 2019.

by Monique Jones on June 19th 2018
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