'A Wrinkle In Time' Had Bigger 1st Weekend Than Most 2018 Films So Far, Including This Week's No. 1, 'Pacific Rim Uprising'
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'A Wrinkle In Time' Had Bigger 1st Weekend Than Most 2018 Films So Far, Including This Week's No. 1, 'Pacific Rim Uprising'

Black excellence has been abound at the box office lately.

After Black Panther reigned for five weeks, Pacific Rim Uprising took over this past weekend.

However, there is a box office statistic that you probably haven't realized, that was brought to the attention of Twitter by filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry.

Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time had $33 million opening weekend, which was actually higher than the box-office topper, the John Boyega-fronted Pacific Rim Uprising ($28), as well as Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider ($23.5 million) and Jennifer Lawrence in  Red Sparrow ($20 million).

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Also, this past weekend, it became the highest-grossing film by a black woman director.

Another great statistic, per Scott Mendelson, the Forbes film writer who penned a controversial piece on Black Panther's success, Pacific Rim Uprising's top debut is the 17th weekend in the past 18 weeks that the top movie was a film that doesn't star a white guy.

Here's to more diverse representation in film!

 

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