“Wrinkle” Stumbles In Box-Office Launch

Hurt by weak reviews and a soft B CinemaScore, Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” film adaptation opened to $33.3 million in second place in North America over the weekend.

Sold mostly on both its diversity and themes of self-empowerment, along with Oprah in a lot of glitter make-up, the $103 million budget film marks Disney’s first misfire since “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.

The film was significant in that DuVernay is the first black woman to helm a $100+ million movie, but the source material is famously considered unadaptable due to its complicated nature and wild flights of fancy. Reviews paint the film as having diverged quite a bit from the book in order to tell its story and, though noble in intention, just doesn’t quite hold together.

Conversely, the diversity theme-heavy “Black Panther” continues to go from strength to strength with a further $41.1 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $562 million. The film pushed past the $1 billion mark at the global box office over the weekend with the help of a stellar $66.5 million debut in China.

Also opening this week, the ten years on sequel “The Strangers: Prey at Night” came in third with $10.5 million, the action thriller “The Hurricane Heist” was ninth with an estimated $3.2 million, and Amazon and Nash Edgerton’s dark comedy “Gringo” utterly bombed with both terrible reviews and $2.6 million box-office.

In limited release, “Thoroughbreds” took in an OK $1.2 million while “The Death of Stalin” had a strong theater average of $45,327 – the second best of the year behind only “Black Panther”.

Source: Heat Vision