Disney's A Wrinkle in Time took the No. 1 spot at the box office away from Black Panther on Friday with $10.2 million, according to Box Office Mojo, but it won't stay there for long. Due to overwhelmingly poor critical reception, the Avu DuVernay-directed adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel will not win the weekend, say sources like The Hollywood Reporter, which pegs its final debut haul at around $30-$33 million. Moreover, while it is currently in first place, $30 million is not a promising start for a film that took $100 million to make.
Panther, having been top of the box office for the last few weeks, is currently in second place with $9.9 million and poised to take in $40 million or more, easily trouncing Wrinkle and continuing on its trajectory to add to its already sizable sales, which have broken $1 billion worldwide. The 18th installment in the MCU is already one of the Top 10 grossers in North American history. The Ryan Coogler-directed movie also just replaced Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight as the second-highest grossing domestic feature of all time. The top spot is held by the first Avengers, which dominates Panther by $61 million, writes THR.
Nevertheless, the fact that these two films were are in the top two slots at the box office is a momentous occurrence. This is the first time in history that two black filmmakers have nabbed those spots.
In the third spot this weekend is the horror movie The Strangers: Prey at Night with $4 million, while Jennifer Lawrence's Russian spy thriller Red Sparrow comes in fourth with $2.3 million. All in all, genre fare has taken all the top spots at the box office this week, and with the diversified record-breaking, this is a weekend to remember indeed.