The discourse comparing Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is rooted in nothing more than the fact that both films have black directors. Ten other films have been released nationwide during Black Panther’s box office reign and none of them received the amount of pressure to beat Marvel’s mega hit that A Wrinkle in Time has been subjected to. It’s yet another example of both the pitting of minorities against each other and the “there can only be one” fallacy that should have long ago been buried. Our culture can stand two black directors succeeding. And for anyone who thinks otherwise, to quote M’Baku from Black Panther, “We will not have it O!”
The pressure on A Wrinkle in Time to break the same ground as Black Panther really took shape after the latter’s impressive opening weekend box office performance. Speaking to a crowd at the American Black Film Festival Honors in Beverly Hills less than two weeks before her film’s release, DuVernay said, “This is like making an album the year Thriller came out. But there’s room for all of us. Prince also put out 1999 that year.” The sentiment seemed to hint that the Oscar-nominated director — and former publicist — was aware of what many in the media were getting ready to do, and was prepared to challenge the narrative. To compare Thriller and 1999 served as a bit of a foreshadow. There’s no question Thriller was the album of that year, a phenomenon that broke records that artists still struggle to attain today, but 1999 is also an iconic, timeless album that helped Prince break through to mainstream audiences before his most successful album, Purple Rain.
A Wrinkle in Time earned $33 million domestically this weekend, giving it the biggest opening weekend of all the films released this March to date (though of course it was only the second weekend of the month). The children’s movie directed by DuVernay (the first black woman to direct a live-action movie with a $100 million budget), starring a diverse cast of women (Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw), had a better opening weekend than movies starring Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence (Red Sparrow), Natalie Portman (Annihilation), and Charlize Theron (Gringo). It also wasn’t far from Fifty Shades Freed’s $38 million opening weekend that landed the film the No. 1 box office spot before Black Panther premiered.
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