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'Black Panther' tops 'Wrinkle' as Disney dominates at the box office

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Agence France-Presse

Los Angeles, United States  /  Mon, March 12, 2018  /  04:10 pm
'Black Panther' tops 'Wrinkle' as Disney dominates at the box office

A still from 'Black Panther'. (Marvel/File)

Black Panther kept up its record-setting ways in North American theaters over the weekend, easily defeating a challenge from another Disney product, newly released A Wrinkle in Time, to again dominate box offices, industry analysts said.

The Disney/Marvel superhero collaboration took in an estimated $41.1 million for the three-day weekend, website Exhibitor Relations reported. That bumped it up to a domestic total of $562 million in its four weeks out, making it the seventh biggest domestic release ever.

The film's opening in China meantime boosted its international takings to $516.6 million, pushing its overall total past the $1 billion mark. 

Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as the superhero king of a utopian if fictional African country. It is now the first movie since Star Wars: The Force Awakens to top North American box offices for four consecutive weekends.

A Wrinkle in Time, a science fantasy adventure that celebrates diversity and powerful women, took in $33.3 million for its opening weekend. Analysts said that was something of a letdown for a big-budget Disney film. Wrinkle has garnered mixed reviews. 

The movie, about a search through time and space for a missing father, stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine. 

Its director, Ava DuVernay, became the first black woman to helm a movie with a $100 million budget, Hollywood Reporter said. Black Panther, which was also directed by an African American, Ryan Coogler, had nearly twice that budget.

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In third place this weekend was new horror film The Strangers: Prey at Night, from Aviron studios. This sort-of sequel to 2008's The Strangers took in $10.5 million. The poorly reviewed movie -- Variety says it serves up "the same old meat-puppet gore and cattle-prod scares" -- stars Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson as a couple whose house is invaded by three masked men.

Next was Fox spy thriller Red Sparrow, with Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-elite spy. The movie, which took in $8.2 million in its second week out, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. 

And in fifth spot was comedy thriller Game Night from Warner Bros., which netted $7.9 million. The movie, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, tells the story of six friends who get together for beer and games and stumble into a dangerous reality game.

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Peter Rabbit ($6.8 million)

Death Wish ($6.6 million)

The Hurricane Heist ($3.2 million)

Annihilation ($3.2 million)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($2.8 million)