Box Office Report: ‘Black Panther’ Holds Off ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

It turns out Black Panther‘s first major box office challenger, A Wrinkle in Time, didn’t come close to taking down the reigning king. Marvel and Disney’s Black Panther retained the top spot on the domestic box office chart for the fourth weekend in a row, and it did so while passing the $1 billion mark worldwide. The comic book-inspired action drama has earned rave reviews from critics and moviegoers alike, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, based on Madeleine L’Engle beloved bestseller, took second but with a lower opening weekend box office than anticipated. Critics didn’t fall in love with the sci-fi fantasy film, with the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score resting at 42%. Ticket buyers were more enthusiastic about A Wrinkle in Time, awarding it an average score of B, according to Cinemascore.

Next weekend Black Panther will be challenged for the #1 spot by the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise which hits theaters on March 16, 2018. Love, Simon and I Can Only Imagine also hit theaters in wide release.

Box Office Top 10: March 9-11, 2018

  1. Black Panther – $41,136,000
  2. A Wrinkle in Time – $33,316,000
  3. Strangers: Prey at Night – $10,480,000
  4. Red Sparrow – $8,150,000
  5. Game Night – $7,905,000
  6. Peter Rabbit – $6,800,000
  7. Death Wish – $6,600,000
  8. The Hurricane Heist – $3,150,000
  9. Annihilation – $3,150,000
  10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $2,755,000

The Black Panther Plot: Black Panther follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

A Wrinkle in Time Plot: Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who is desperate to fit in. As the daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe), but she has yet to realize it for herself. Making matters even worse is the baffling disappearance of Mr. Murry (Pine), which torments Meg and has left her mother (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) heartbroken. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) to three celestial guides—Mrs. Which (Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) — who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they set off on their formidable quest.

Traveling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are soon transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must look deep within herself and embrace her flaws to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness closing in on them.

Box Office Report: A Wrinkle in Time Movie
Mindy Kaling is Mrs. Who and Storm Reid is Meg Murry in Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ (Photo Credit: Atsushi Nishijima © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc.)