Let no one tell you that black films can’t sell.
This year, films such as Breaking In, The First Purge and more have all proven to be lucrative at the box office. However, it’s not just films with a black cast that are proving this theory right, it’s black directors as well.
Dispelling the egregious notion the motion pictures with black casts at the helm are box office poison, Antoine Fuqua’s latest directorial effort, The Equalizer 2, crossed the $100 million mark domestically. The film, which was released in July, sees Denzel Washington reprising his role as former Marine Robert McCall.
With this feat, Fuqua joins some pretty cool company with Ava DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther)
Fuqua becomes the third black director to have his film cross the $100 million mark at the domestic mark. Director Ryan Coogler was the first defied everyone’s expectations as his film, Black Panther not only crossed the $100 million mark, but it also became the highest grossing film of the year domestically.
No stranger to glass ceilings, Ava DuVernay followed suit when her flick, the equally groundbreaking sci-fi epic A Wrinkle In Time crossed the $100 million mark, making her the first black female director and 13th black director to accomplish this.