Coogler, who recently directed the Marvel hit Black Panther showed some serious love for DuVernay on the opening day of her film A Wrinkle In Time, writing a heartfelt ode to their friendship and the awesome woman she is for espnW.
When DuVernay set out to bring A Wrinkle In Time to the screen, Coogler said he watched while working across the hall on Black Panther.
The Marvel superhero movie took $40.8 million, industry monitor Exhibitor Relations reported, bumping it up to a domestic total of $561.7 million in its four-week run, making it the seventh-biggest domestic release ever.
However, "Black Panther" quickly redeemed the top spot at the North American box office. Despite the drop, he Jennifer Lawrence film raised its worldwide total to $82.9 million. That amount added greatly to the $100 million made internationally this weekend by the Chadwick Boseman starrer, which brought the movie's worldwide take up to $516 million.
What had been pegged as a close contest among Disney titles for first place turned into a relatively easy victory for "Black Panther". So far, Black Panther has grossed $46 million just in domestic IMAX theaters.More news: Printable bracket for women's NCAA Tournament 2018
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These two new releases dropped Red Sparrow from second-place to fourth this weekend earning $8.2 million.
Ryan Coogler, another great director on the rise, took to ESPNW to pen a supportive tribute to DuVernay and her new film.
"The main character in the film, Meg, uses her love, her hope and her kickass skills as a scientist to bring him back, and maybe she saves the universe along the way", he wrote.
The story about a search through time and space for a missing father starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine has garnered mixed reviews. The studio's latest family adventure movie failed to reach the top of the box office, losing to another Disney film that's been around for a month already. Directed by Johannes Roberts, the horror sequel to 2008's "The Strangers" stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison and Lewis Pullman.