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DuVernay Scores Another Milestone for Black Female Directors

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FILE – In this March 13, 2018 file photo, director Ava DuVernay poses for photographers at the premiere of the film “A Wrinkle In Time,” in London. Warner Bros. said Thursday that DuVernay will direct “The New Gods,” a DC Comics property created by the famed comic book artist Jack Kirby.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has checked off another milestone for black female directors. This week her film “A Wrinkle in Time” crossed the $100 million mark domestically, a first for a black woman. The film got a late-game boost playing as a double feature at drive-in theaters with the record-breaking “Incredibles 2” this past weekend.

DuVernay said on Instagram that she may be the first but will not be the last.

DuVernay was also the first black woman to get a budget of over $100 million to direct a film. “A Wrinkle in Time” cost around $103 million to make.

The Disney film has now grossed over $132.4 million worldwide, but with marketing costs well over $100 million, “A Wrinkle in Time” is also still not in the black.

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