2018 revealed Black audiences’ box office power, proving to the gatekeepers of Hollywood that Black film, with Black casts, are indeed financial viable. This year, there were more films by Black filmmakers to receive theatrical release than ever before.
In 2018, the domestic box office hit an all-time high of $11.383 billion and the top ten feature films by Black directors accounted for a combined $1.363 billion of that domestic figure.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther grossed $700M domestically and became the #3 all-time top domestic-grossing film. The film has grossed more than $1.3 billion at the global box office and has become a cultural phenomenon.
Ryan Coogler’s film earned three Golden Globe nominations — Best Original Score, Best Original Song and most notably, Best Motion Picture for the drama category.
Steven Caple Jr.’s Creed II, which has brought in $109.6M to date and is expected to surpass the first installment o Creed box office figure of directorial $109.7M.
Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman brought in $48.21M domestically and receiving 4 Golden Globe nods.
Ava DuVernay’s success has also made serious ground for women and particularly women of color to take their spot at the directors’ chair as well as work behind the scenes.
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