That standard is something DuVernay has fought against her whole career.
More importantly, Black Panther broke a billion worldwide over the weekend in less than one month, as it opened in China on Friday to gross an impressive $66.5 million for the weekend. In other words, writes Ford, "Meg is an angry black girl".
Coogler, who recently directed the Marvel hit Black Panther showed some serious love for DuVernay on the opening day of her film A Wrinkle In Time, writing a heartfelt ode to their friendship and the fantastic woman she is for espnW.
That amount makes Black Panther the seventh highest grossing movie in North American box office history, also putting it ahead of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight to make it the second-biggest superhero movie behind 2012's Marvel's The Avengers. The $39.6 million worldwide opening is not too shabby, but the film will need to go the distance as its foreign expansion continues.
"Black Panther" has been topping the weekend domestic box office for four consecutive weeks now, a first for a film launched in February. We're feeling good about what, for us, is a little family competition between now and the Easter holiday.
The film's opening in China - the world's second biggest market behind the U.S. - pushed its global total past the $1 billion mark that only 32 other movies have reached. As for its overall opening weekend haul, A Wrinkle in Time's total is expected to be between $44 million and $45 million.
Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling in a promo for A Wrinkle in Time. Its 82-day total has hit a remarkable $397.3 million, good enough for the 30th spot on the all-time domestic list. Plus, A Wrinkle in Time has already made a name for itself due to the fact that by being hired to direct it, Ava DuVernay is the first woman of color to helm a live action movie with a budget exceeding $100 million.