Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Ava DuVernay's Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Ava DuVernay’s sci-fi/fantasy-adventure A Wrinkle in Time was unable to top the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther after opening to a muted $33.3 million from 3,980 locations. But both high-profile films are directed by black directors and this is the first time that pics by African-American directors have held the first and second place spots at the U.S. box office.

Marvel Studios‘ Black Panther added an impressive $41.1 million domestically to score one of the best fourth weekends ever, and is now the No. 2 superhero flick of all time behind Marvel’s The Avengers. Plus, it’s grossed US$1.08 billion worldwide after landing in its final foreign market, China.

Disney’s big screen adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic fantasy novel stars Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Peña, and André Holland. Moviegoers gave Wrinkle a B CinemaScore.

There were two other pics debuting in the top 10: Aviron’s micro-budgeted horror flick The Strangers: Prey at Night, which came in at No. 3 with $10.5 million, receiving a C CinemaScore, while The Hurricane Heist (Entertainment Studios) bowed at No. 9 with an estimated $3.2 million and received a B- CinemaScore.

Here’s the top 10 for the weekend at the box office:

1. Black Panther — $41.1M ($562M)
2. A Wrinkle in Time — $33.3M
3. The Strangers: Prey at Night — $10.5M
4. Red Sparrow — $8.2M ($31.1M)
5. Game Night — $7.9M ($45M)
6. Peter Rabbit — $6.8M ($93.5M)
7. Death Wish — $6.6M ($23.9M)
8. The Hurricane Heist — $3.2M
9. Annihilation — $3.2M ($26.1M)
10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $2.8M ($397.3M)

Also opening were Gringo (STXfilms’ dark comedy), which debuted with a pallid $2.6 million from 2,402 locations and got a C+ CinemaScore, and Thoroughbreds (Focus Features’ drama), which brought in a quiet $1.2 million from 549 theaters.

Next week, Warner Bros. will roll out Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander, alongside Fox’s gay romance Love, Simon starring Nick Robinson.