Ava DuVernay on Why Hair Matters in A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay on Why Hair Matters in A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay on Why Hair Matters in A Wrinkle in Time

The two have been competing tightly for the top spot in the box office.

Despite looking it like A Wrinkle in Time will do okay at the box office, reviews for the movie haven't been as kind, as it now ranks at 42% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, while Metacritic has it scored at 53.

With Coogler's most recent film, Black Panther, speeding closer to $1 billion, the 31-year-old filmmaker from Oakland took time away from celebrating to write a touching ode on ESPN W to his friend, peer and fellow creative. As for its overall opening weekend haul, A Wrinkle in Time's total is expected to be between $44 million and $45 million.

Also new over the weekend, Aviron Pictures' "Strangers: Prey at Night" opened in third place with $10.4 million. The $100 million-plus budgeted film is depending on family audiences to support the film in the coming weeks to push it into profitability.

For the first time ever, films directed by African-Americans have topped the USA box office. The big question now how A Wrinkle in Time will perform in the days to come.

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The micro-budgeted sequel to "The Strangers" opened to solid success.

The Jennifer Lawrence thriller "Red Sparrow" landed in fourth with $8.2 million and the comedy "Game Night" placed fifth with $7.9 million.

He went on to discuss the early days of DuVernay's career as an admired Hollywood publicist, noting she'd written, produced, and directed "two awesome films, about black women finding hope while experiencing grief and loss, all while maintaining a production and distribution company to finance and distribute underserved independent films made by women and people of color".

As far as other specialty releases, IFC Films' The Death of Stalin, directed by Veep creator Armando Ianucci and starring Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor, took in $181k in four theaters in NY and L.A., an impressive $45k per theater.

The next new wide release, Rob Cohen's The Hurricane Heist, was released by Entertainment Studios into 2,402 theaters, and it bombed pretty badly with just $3.1 million, essentially tying with Paramount's Annihilation for eighth place.

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