Ryan Coogler pens tribute to one of his heroes Ava DuVernay

Black Panther's Ryan Coogler writes sweet ode to A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay

Reuters/Andrew KellyFans rejoice in the diversity represented in both "A Wrinkle In Time" and "Black Panther".

Over the past few years, directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler have forged an aspirational bond as two of the most important black filmmakers working in Hollywood today. Through one girl's transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one's individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one's own light. That gain comes largely from "Black Panther" and "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle".

While Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" came in second place at the box office this weekend, the Disney release only opened to $33.3 million against a reported $103 million budget.

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.

Entertainment Studios' action-thriller "The Hurricane Heist" opened softly with $3 million for ninth at 2,402 locations for $3 million. Well, the movie got off to a decent start last night, making $1.3 million in Thursday previews. Its 82-day total has hit a remarkable $397.3 million, good enough for the 30th spot on the all-time domestic list.

Unable to break into the Top 10, Nash Edgerton's 'Gringo' played even worse. "Shape" has grossed $61 million in 101 days. Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke portray childhood friends who reconnect in suburban CT after years of growing apart.

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 fantastic 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". The actor died at age 26 in a freak accident in 2016.



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