F. Gary Gray Becomes Highest-Grossing Black Director In History with Success of ‘Furious 8’
“The Fate of the Furious” pulled in $100 million over the weekend, making F. Gary Gray the highest-earning Black director.
The eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise was No. 1 at the box office during Easter weekend and broke several records, leading Gray to have the highest worldwide box office gross, overtaking Tim Story’s record, according to Shadow and Act.
Story’s films have earned $1.21 billion worldwide since 2005’s “Fantastic Four,” a total that was later aided by the success of 2014’s “Ride Along” and its sequel. Gray’s movies have amassed $1.24 billion since the release of “Friday” in 1995 and 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton” pushed Gray to have the highest grossing film from a Black director.
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