Box Office: 'Black Panther' tops 'A Wrinkle in Time'

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A scene from "A Wrinkle in Time".

LOS ANGELES - "Black Panther" remained superheroic in its fourth weekend at the North American box office with $41.1 million, easily topping the opening weekend of fantasy-adventure "A Wrinkle in Time" with $33.5 million, estimates showed Monday.

What had been pegged as a close contest among Disney titles for first place turned into a relatively easy victory for "Black Panther." The Marvel title declined only 38 percent and generated the third-highest fourth weekend of all time, trailing only "Avatar" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"A Wrinkle in Time" opened in line with Disney's projections, which were slightly lower than the industry consensus. Critics were mostly unimpressed with a 42 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences gave "Wrinkle" a B CinemaScore.

Based on Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic fantasy novel, "A Wrinkle in Time" stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. 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.

The opening of Aviron Pictures' "The Strangers: Prey at Night" led the rest of the pack in third with $10.5 million. Directed by Johannes Roberts, the horror sequel to 2008's "The Strangers" stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

Fox's second weekend of Jennifer Lawrence's spy thriller "Red Sparrow" followed in fourth with $8.2 million. "Sparrow" has topped $31 million in its first 10 days.

Warner Bros.' third weekend of R-rated comedy "Game Night" finished fifth with $7.9 million. Sony's fifth weekend of "Peter Rabbit" came in sixth with $6.8 million to push the family comedy past $93 million domestically. MGM's second weekend of "Death Wish" followed in seventh with $6.6 million to give the Bruce Willis reboot nearly $24 million in 10 days.

Entertainment Studios' action-thriller "The Hurricane Heist" opened softly with $3.2 million, and tied for eighth place with Paramount's third weekend of sci-fi horror movie "Annihilation".

Sony's 12th weekend of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" rounded out the top 10 with $2.8 million. - Variety


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