How the box office made history this weekend

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With the debut of Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time, the box office was topped by two black directors with over $100 million budgets; the other being Black Panther's Ryan Coogler. As a writer and director, she's known for powerhouse, emotional films like Selma - the biopic of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama - as well as 13th, a Netflix documentary that goes into America's prison system to show how racial inequality affects inmates.

Variety reports that it is tracking towards $13 million on its first Friday, slightly ahead of Black Panther's $9 million.

"Ava is a pioneer", Coogler wrote.

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"Ava is a pioneer". She makes the most distant dreams and ideas a reality. Ava is inclusion, equity and representation. Here's a short portion of what Ryan Coogler had to say about the talents of Ana DuVernay. However, given the success of Black Panther and numerous studio's other movies over the previous year, even if A Wrinkle in Time doesn't meet financial expectations, it won't be a major loss for the studio.

I watched closely from across the hall at Disney while working on "Black Panther" as my big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors.

He also referred to the hidden message found within "A Wrinkle in Time" that told the story of "a little black girl with glasses" who refused to accept that her father was lost. The main character in the film, Meg, uses her love, her hope and her kickass skills as a scientist to bring him back, and maybe she saves the universe along the way. That being said, as we've seen many times over the years (I'm looking at you, Suicide Squad and the Transformers series), just because a movie doesn't have a great critical reception doesn't mean it can't rake in a sizable amount of money.

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