Black filmmakers are once again disproving Hollywood's adage that Black films don't sell to the mainstream public. Not only do they sell, but they outperform--just take a look at Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. He has now become the fourth Black director to have a film gross $100 million domestically in 2018. Again: Caple is the fourth black director this year to gross $100 million at the American box office.
Creed II has made around $104,882,976 according to Box Office Mojo.
King Caple doing damage. ???? https://t.co/1qfkVD5ffU
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 15, 2018
This equals a large profit for the film, which only cost $50 million to make. Caple now belongs in the rarefied air of the other three Black directors who scored big this year--Black Panther 's Ryan Coogler, The Equalizer 2's Antoine Fuqua and A Wrinkle in Time's Ava DuVernay. Black Panther made the most money out of all of them, a whopping $700 million. The Equalizer 2 comes next with $102 million, and A Wrinkle in Time made $100.4 million.
Black cinema has definitely been working overtime this year, what with important films like The Hate U Give and BlacKkKlansman, documentaries such as The Life and Death of Sandra Bland and crowd-pleasers like Widows and Sorry to Bother You. It only makes sense that this year, we'd have so many directors making tons of bank at the box office.