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Disney Dominates Another Weekend

Disney Dominates Another Weekend

Marvel’s Black Panther rakes in 41 million this weekend with A Wrinkle Time following right behind them.

Reese Witherspoon and Storm Reid in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

It’s was a Disney dominated weekend with the anticipated premiere of Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” The movie staring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon topped out at a estimated 33.5 million for its opening weekend. Though the pic was originally dated for April 6th, it opted for a March 8th launch closer to. International Woman’s Day. Although, it did not break any box office records, it did take the number 2 spot right behind its fellow counterpart Black Panther.

Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 classic fantasy novel, the film follows a young girl (Reid), her step-brother (Deric McCabe), and a friend (Levi Miller) as they embark on a journey that spans time and space in search of her missing father.

According to variety.com, “A Wrinkle in Time” opened in line with Disney’s projections, which were slightly lower than the industry consensus. The site reported that critics were mostly unimpressed with the film and gave it a 42% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, unlike Black Panther’s push from comic book  fanatics, the $100 million-plus budgeted film is depending on family audiences to support the film in the coming weeks for more profitability.

Storm Reid, left, Deric McCabe and Reese Witherspoon in the film.

However, Black Panther has owned the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for the past four weekends in a row. And this weekend, the Ryan Coogler-directed movie crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, becoming Walt Disney Studios’ 16th title and Marvel’s 5th ever to pass that benchmark.

But despite A Wrinkle in Time posting a softer opening in comparison to its huge $100M-plus production cost, Disney is still owning the box office and the top two spots.