'Black Panther,' 4 weeks in, tops 'A Wrinkle in Time'

14 March, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Julian Swanson

What had been pegged as a close contest among Disney titles for first place turned into a relatively easy victory for "Black Panther".

Black Panther withstood its first test of time this weekend at the box office, grossing an impressive $41 million in its fourth weekend of release to best a disappointing opening from another Disney release, the much-anticipated A Wrinkle in Time.

The studio said Saturday that the milestone is based on Disney's estimate of ticket sales. That amount added greatly to the $100 million made internationally this weekend by the Chadwick Boseman starrer, which brought the movie's worldwide take up to $516 million. The $39.6 million worldwide opening is not too shabby, but the film will need to go the distance as its foreign expansion continues. The others are "The Avengers", "Avengers: Age of Ultron", "Iron Man 3", and "Captain America: Civil War".

The Marvel superhero movie took $40.8 million, industry monitor Exhibitor Relations reported, bumping it up to a domestic total of $561.7 million in its four-week run, making it the seventh-biggest domestic release ever.

A Wrinkle in Time grossed $1.2 million in Thursday previews that was added into its Friday take of $10.3 million, and though it held up well for the weekend, its $33.3 million estimated gross (around $8,3k per theater) put it in second place.

The Strangers: Prey at Night also debuted this past weekend to the tune of $10.5 million.

In its third week of release, the comedy Game Night rounded out the top five earning $7.9 million. MGM's second weekend of "Death Wish" followed in seventh with $6.6 million at 2,882 sites to give the Bruce Willis reboot almost $24 million in 10 days. Finally, the box-office stalwart of the past twelve weeks, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finished in the tenth spot to bring its cumulative total to a whopping $397.3 million.

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