A black woman director earns a triple million-dollar grossing film, the first time ever

Farida Dawkins June 22, 2018
Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9210527cx) Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Oprah Winfrey, Rutina Wesley, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford and Ava DuVernay Oprah Winfrey and the cast of 'Queen Sugar', Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 07 Nov 2017

Ava Duvernay, the woman behind the films A Wrinkle in Time, Selma and 13 is now the first black woman director and 13th black movie director to direct a $100-million-dollar earning film. A Wrinkle in Time held a marketing and production budget between $150 and $200 million, which made Duvernay the first African-American woman director of an action movie to obtain a budget of that caliber.

Ava Duvernay…Alabama Chanin Journal

A Wrinkle in Time earned $100,000,127 in domestic box offices and $32,100,959 in foreign sales. The movie has earned $132,101,086 globally.

Duvernay is now slated to direct the DC Comics film New Gods and television film Battle of Versailles. She also committed to directing a TV adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Dawn with Victoria Mahoney and a TV show with Colin Kaepernick based on his life while in high school.

Ava Duvernay…Marie Claire

Duvernay is also set to produce historical drama The Last Amazon for Atrium TV and a CBS show she produces called Red Line is slated to air in the early portion of 2019.


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