Ava DuVernay on Why Hair Matters in A Wrinkle in Time

Mar 14, 2018, 05:56
Ava DuVernay on Why Hair Matters in A Wrinkle in Time

A month after Black Panther showcased black excellence in the form of a superhero movie, A Wrinkle in Time is hoping to do the same through a beloved American children's novel. Nope... For the fourth weekend in a row, Marvel Studios' Black Panther dominated over any and all competition in movie theaters, even as the movie's director Ryan Coogler took to Twitter to recommend Disney's other movie A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay.

Only 33 movies have ever exceeded a billion dollars in gross, according to Cinema Blend. As for its overall opening weekend haul, A Wrinkle in Time's total is expected to be between $44 million and $45 million.

The main cast includes Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Zach Galifianakis and Michael Peña.

For the first time ever, films directed by African-Americans have topped the USA box office.

The new horror film "The Strangers: Prey At Night" took third place with $10.5 million.

The poorly reviewed movie - Variety says it serves up "the same old meat-puppet gore and cattle-prod scares" - stars Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson as a couple whose family is attacked by three masked men. That amount added greatly to the $100 million made internationally this weekend by the Chadwick Boseman starrer, which brought the movie's worldwide take up to $516 million. The movie, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, tells the story of six friends who get together around beers and stumble into a unsafe reality game. $8.2 million, down nearly 52% from its opening weekend with $31.1 million grossed so far.

Sixth place went to Sony's Peter Rabbit with $6.8 million, down 32% in its fifth weekend, and an impressive $93.5 million grossed just in North America so far. MGM's second weekend of "Death Wish" followed in seventh with $6.6 million at 2,882 sites to give the Bruce Willis reboot almost $24 million in 10 days. The wide release of "Hidden Figures", starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, opened at no. 1 in January of the same year with $22.8 million. The final new-release debut of the weekend, The Hurricane Heist, debuted at number eight with $3.2 million.

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