While many expected Disney to retain the top spot at the box office this weekend with A Wrinkle in Time, that didn't exactly happen, with Black Panther finding a way to win for a fourth weekend in a row. Just one day after Black Panther surpassed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, the superhero adventure managed to win for a fourth weekend in a row, dropping just 38% from last weekend to win with $41.1M. While A Wrinkle in Time still did fare well with a decent $33.3M, its middling reviews may have lead it to underperform at the box office.
While A Wrinkle In Time was considered one of the spring's most highly-anticipated movies, the reviews that started to come in were more mixed than expected, with the movie currently posting a 42% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie actually opened wider than Black Panther, debuting in 3,980 theaters while Black Panther shed 142 theaters in its fourth weekend for a theater count of 3,942. In its fourth weekend, Black Panther still pulled in a fantastic $10,435 per-screen average, while A Wrinkle In Time pulled in a solid $8,371 per-screen average.
A Wrinkle In Time also didn't fare too well overseas, opening in just six international markets and pulling in $6.3M, for a worldwide total of $39.6M. The movie still has a lot of work to do to surpass its $103M production budget, which set records in and of itself with Ava DuVernay becoming the first African-American female director to direct a movie budgeted at over $100M. Internationally, the movie won't be released in the second largest market in the world, China, although key debuts in France (March 14) and the U.K. (March 23) will be pivotal to the movie's worldwide success.
As for Black Panther, the movie continues to put up astronomical numbers, with its domestic tally at $562M and its international total at $516.6M for a worldwide total of $1.078B. Those numbers don't include the impressive opening weekend from its final international markt, China, which pulled in $66.5M in its first three days in the Middle Kingdom, which is already enough to make it the top international market for the movie, surpassing the U.K.'s $55.8M. It has become just the fifth movie out of the MCU's 18 movies to surpass the $1B plateau, and it's possible that it could surpass Captain America: Civil War ($1.15B) and maybe even Iron Man 3 ($1.21B) before its run is over.
Rounding out the top 10 is Strangers: Prey at Night in third place with $10.4 million, followed by Red Sparrow ($8.1 million), Game Night ($7.9 million), Peter Rabbit ($6.8 million), Death Wish ($6.6 million), The Hurricane Heist ($3.15 million), Annihilation ($3.15 million) and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ($2.7 million), which surprisingly remained in the top 10 despite the movie being released on Blu-ray and DVD this past week. It's also worth noting that the final new release this weekend, Gringo, couldn't even crack the top 10, debuting in 11th place with $2.6M, debuting in 2,404 theaters but pulling in a paltry $1,094 per-screen average. Also opening this weekend in limited release is Focus' Thoroughbreds, which earned $1.2M from 549 theaters for a middling $2,228 per-screen average, IFC's The Death of Stalin, which earned $181.308 from four theaters for an impressive $45,327 per-screen average. Sony Pictures Classics The Leisure Seeker earned $119,573 from 28 theaters for a decent $4,270 per-screen average and Cinema Guild's Claire's Camera earned $11,843 from one theater.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Warner Bros. will roll out Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander, alongside 20th Century Fox's Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson, Roadside Attractions' I Can Only Imagine starring Dennis Quaid and Focus Features' 7 Days in Entebbe starring Daniel Bruhl. Check back on Tuesday for next weekend's box office predictions. Until then, take a look at the top 10 estimates, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
Black Panther $41.1 million
A Wrinkle in Time $33.3 million
Strangers: Prey at Night $10.4 million
Red Sparrow $8.1 million
Game Night $7.9 million
Peter Rabbit $6.8 million
Death Wish $6.6 million
The Hurricane Heist $3.15 million
Annihilation $3.15 million
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle $2.7 million