Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Continues Reign at #1; ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Earns $33 Million

     March 11, 2018

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Disney, which has the financial security to invest in any movie it wants, had a good weekend at the box office yet again. Black Panther pulled in another $41 million to bring its domestic total to $562 million. The movie also passed the $1 billion mark and is now the second-biggest superhero movie of all-time behind The Avengers. While some speculated that the film might not perform in China, the movie also did well in that coveted territory, pulling in $66.5 million to become one of the country’s five-biggest openings for a superhero movie. Now the only question left for Black Panther is how far can it go.

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Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time came in second place with $33.3 million. Unfortunately, with the film costing $103 million, once you factor in P&A, there’s no getting around that the film didn’t perform as well as Disney had hoped, especially with a B CinemaScore. My hope is that other studios don’t look at this return and assume that audiences won’t turn out for a movie directed by an African-American woman, and instead realize that it’s a crowded marketplace.

Elsewhere at the box office, The Strangers: Prey at Night came in third with $10.5 million. The Hurricane Heist couldn’t make off with any money as the movie opened to a dismal ninth with $3.2 million. Finally, the dark comedy Gringo opened outside the Top 10 with $2.6 million.

In terms of indies, The Shape of Water enjoyed a post-Best Picture bump by pulling in $2.4 million from 1,552 theaters — a 63 percent jump — for a domestic total of $61 million and $148 million globally. The movie arrives on Blu-ray on Tuesday. New limited release Thoroughbreds made $1.2 million from just 549 theaters. And The Death of Stalin, opening in only 4 theaters, made $45,327 per theater, which is the best of the year so far behind Black Panther according to THR.

Here’s the top five for the weekend at the box office:

Title Weekend Domestic BO Total Domestic BO
1. ‘Black Panther’ $41136,000 $562,015,601
2. ’A Wrinkle in Time’ $33,316,000 $33,316,000
3. ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’ $10,480,000 $10,480,000
4. ‘Red Sparrow’ $8,150,000 $31,118,743
5. ‘Game Night’ $7,905,000 $45,045,632

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