Weekend Box Office: ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Bombs With $33M; ‘Black Panther’ Remains No. 1 With $41M In US


Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time was unable to top Black Panther after opening to a muted $33.3 million from 3,980 theaters in North America over the weekend.  Both Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time — the latter based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book and targeting young girls — have been heralded for their diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.


For Disney, the weekend was a double-edged sword, since it is home to both films. Wrinkle in Time, which cost $103 million to make before marketing, is the first major miss domestically for the studio since The BFG and Alice Through the Looking Glass in 2016. DuVernay’s adaptation was hampered by poor word of mouth following generally bad reviews and a B CinemaScore.


Conversely, Black Panther continued to dazzle, earning $41.1 million from 3,942 locations to score one of the best fourth weekends ever. The movie, upping its domestic total to $562 million, is now the No. 2 superhero pic of all time behind Marvel’s The Avengers. Ryan Coogler’s superhero film also flew past $1 billion over the weekend after landing in its final foreign market, China, where it debuted to a stellar $66.5 million — among the top five launches ever for a superhero pic.


Disney’s Dave Hollis downplays the suggestion that Wrinkle in Time underperformed. “With both films, you can see that diverse voices matter and that empowered women matter,” he says. “In the case of Wrinkle in Time, people want stories about optimism and hope.”


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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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