Skip to comments.Weekend Box Office: 'Wrinkle in Time' Limps Toward $33M Debut; 'Black Panther' Stays No. 1
Posted on 03/11/2018 8:09:29 AM PDT by EdnaMode
Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time based on Madeleine L'Engle's beloved book and targeting younger girls is off to a troubled start at the North American box office.
Hobbled by poor word of mouth, the fantasy-adventure grossed $10.2 million on Friday from 3,980 theaters for a weekend debut of $32 million-$33 million, behind expectations. Wrinkle in Time has been rebuffed by most critics, while audiences gave it a mediocre B CinemaScore.
While Wrinkle in Time was able to narrowly beat fellow Disney title Black Panther on Friday, Black Panther will easily win the weekend with $40 million-plus from 3942 locations, one of the best showings of all time for a movie in its fourth outing. (Black Panther grossed $10 million on Friday.)
In another major milestone, the history-making Disney/Marvel superhero film bounded past the $1 billion mark at the global box office on Satuday after landing in its final foreign market, China. Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, is off to a rousing start in the Middle Kingdom, where it boasted an estimated opening-day gross of $22.7 million and another $27 million on Saturday. That's the third or fourth best start for a Marvel superhero pic behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Both Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time have been heralded for their diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.
DuVernay is the first black woman to helm a $100 million movie, while Storm Reid plays the heroine at the heart of the story, 13-year-old Meg Murry, who must find her father and save the universe along the way. The star-packed cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, Levi Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine.
A Wrinkle in Time currently has 42 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Three additional movies open nationwide this weekend. Aviron's The Strangers: Prey at Night, a sequel of sorts to The Strangers (2008), is showing the most strength, attracting more than $4 million on Friday from 2,464 theaters for a projected $10 million weekend, good enough for a third-place finish. (The film took in $610,000 in its Thursday night previews.)
The other two new wide arrivals Amazon Studios and STXfilms' Gringo, a dark comedy starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton, and Entertainment Studios' The Hurricane Heist, directed by Rob Cohen are already fading fast.
Gringo is expected to place No. 10 with roughly $3 million from 2,404 cinemas, followed by Hurricane Heist with a projected $2.5 million-$3 million from 2,402 locations.
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“Hobbled by poor word of mouth,”
That’s not the issue with the movie.
The issue is how the initial trailer seems to make it out that the movie revolves around Oprah.
This is what happens when u take the Christian out of a Christian
Story. Say goodbye to The Oprah’s Presidential bid too.
Maybe kids will not go to a movie starring middle-aged women. This seems like a kid movie. It is the first $100+ million picture directed by a black woman. I hope it bombs.
Hollywood finds something that works they run with it. What’s next? The Black Green Hornet?
Why is this adjective necessary?
Oprah is box-office poison
Storm Reid is visually unappealing. She looks angry, like Moochelle, in nearly every shot. ‘Bitchy Resty Face’ is not a good look.
Black women are by far the most racist people in America. I too hope it bombs.
My wife and I went to see “Death Wish” yesterday. We both enjoyed it very much and thought it really good. It did not replicate the Charles Bronson scenes, so it was like seeing a new movie. I was disappointed in one unnecessary scene that, to me, was completely unnecessary: that scene perpetuated the liberal myth that fully automatic weapons are available to the general public. Maybe it was a bump stock, I don’t know, but it was a single, completely unnecessary portrayal in the movie that will give the ignorant liberal more fodder to harp upon, that I found quite disappointing in an otherwise very good movie.
Yeah, it just looks stupid.
“Disney” to me just means “don’t watch this”.
Disney had better pray that the overseas haul will be spectacular. That's the only way this hot mess will recoup itself after production, marketing etc.
The fact that he movie bombed is just evidence that the movie must really suck.
Yeah, I think the marketing costs on this movie must be pretty huge.
I immediately knew the second I saw her, then Oprah, this movie would stink. They removed all references to Christianity, so it isn’t even the same story. Without its heart, it’s crap. Putting in a bunch of angry black females doesn’t appeal to anyone when it’s coming out of your wallet. Lip service is free.
Even the little GIRL looks angry...100% Bitchy Resting Face -- at age 14!
because it is a beloved book.
Of course, the movie took all the parts out of it that made it beloved, including the Christian themes...
A blow to Oprah’s massive ego is always a good thing.
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