It remains to be seen whether Ava DuVernay’s adventure-fantasy can beat ‘Black Panther,’ now in its fourth weekend.
Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time — based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book — has finally transported into theaters.
The fantasy-adventure grossed $1.3 million in Thursday-evening previews for a projected debut in the $35 million-$40 million range, provided poor reviews don’t ding the latest event film from Disney.
Previews aren’t a barometer of how much a movie will go on to make for the weekend, but Disney says $1.3 million is a solid start for family titles (other box-office observers say $2 million or more would have been a much better sign).
Disney notes that Alice Through the Looking Glass grossed $1.5 million in previews on its way to a $34 million debut, while — much more recently — Wonder took $740,000 in previews on its way to a $28 million opening.
The big question is whether Wrinkle in Time can wrest the weekend crown from fellow Disney film Black Panther.
Now in its fourth weekend, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther could take in $40 million or more as it prepares to jump the $1 billion mark at the global box office. And on Friday, the superhero sensation opens in its final foreign market, China.
Both Black Panther and Wrinkle in Time are heralded for their diversity, both in front of and behind camera.
DuVernay is the first black woman to helm a $100 million movie, while Storm Reid plays the heroine at the heart of the story, 13-year-old Meg Murry. Reid stars alongside Oprah Winfrey, Levi Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Chris Pine.
A Wrinkle in Time currently suffers a poor Rotten Tomatoes score of 43 percent.
Three additional movies open nationwide this weekend, but none are likely to hit $10 million: Amazon Studios and STXfilms’ Gringo, a dark comedy starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron and Joel Edgerton; Entertainment Studios’ The Hurricane Heist, directed by Rob Cohen; and Avrion’s The Strangers: Prey at Night, a sequel of sorts to The Strangers (2008).
Strangers 2 took in $610,000 in previews.