Friday Box Office: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Edges out ‘Black Panther’, Disney Wins Either Way

     March 10, 2018

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There’s a new king (or rather queen) of the box office! Early estimates have Ava DuVernay‘s A Wrinkle in Time just edging out Black Panther in its Friday debut with a domestic tally of $10.2 million to the Wakandan’s $10 million performance. However, Black Panther is still estimated to win the weekend with $40+ million while A Wrinkle in Time is expected to earn $32-$35 million in its debut weekend. This is the first true test that Black Panther has faced at the box office, but whichever film ultimately comes out on top, Disney wins this weekend.

Outside of the top two, horror film The Strangers: Prey at Night grabs the Bronze with a Friday haul of about $4 million, on the way towards a $10 million weekend. Returning players Red Sparrow and Game Night came in fourth and fifth with $2.3 million and $2.2 million respectively. Other new releases in the Top 10 include Amazon Studios’ Gringo with $977,000 in eighth place and The Hurricane Heist following up in ninth with $950,000; neither film is expected to top $3 million for the weekend and may miss the Top 10 entirely. (Box office info comes courtesy of Box Office Mojo and ERCBoxOffice.)

Here’s a look at how the Top 5 stacked up from Friday’s box office:

Title Friday Total
1 A Wrinkle in Time $10.2  $10.2
2 Black Panther $10.0  $530.9
3 The Strangers: Prey at Night  $4.0  $4.0
4 Red Sparrow $2.3  $25.3
5 Game Night $2.2  $39.3

 

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As for Thursday previews, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time pulled in $1.3 million, which is on par with Alice Through the Looking Glass $1.5 million in 2016. Aviron Pictures’ The Strangers: Prey at Night brought in $610,000, topping both Kidnap and You’re Next, and just behind the $735,000 brought in by 47 Meters Down last June. STX’s release of Amazon Studios’s Gringo brought in $190,000 from Thursday night screenings.

Today also sees Black Panther surpass the $1 billion mark at the global box office on its 26th day of release. It’s the 16th Walt Disney Studios release to reach this significant milestone, and the fifth to do so in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – joining The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3, and Captain America: Civil War. Internationally, Black Panther will pass the $500 million mark this weekend, bolstered by an impressive debut in its final market, China, where it opened yesterday with a first day estimate of $22 million and early indications of a second day in the $27 million range. Expect ~$50 million all told from China alone.

For more of our recent box office coverage, either to keep track of trends or see how Black Panther has been doing since it’s opening day, check out these recent write-ups:

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