‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Headline the Box Office

It was a memorable weekend at the box office, as representation was in full effect, thanks to two big films. Here’s what went down:

Black Panther held on to the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, bringing in an estimated $41.1 million, down just 39% from last weekend, and raising its total to $562 million. This time next week, we should be talking about the film crossing the $600 million mark to become the highest grossing solo super hero film of all time.

Debuting in second place was Ava Duvernay’s A Wrinkle in Time with $33.3 million. While this is on the low end of predictions, as the Toronto International Film Festival Facebook feed suggested, it’s worth celebrating that people of colour own the top two spots ast the box office this weekend, rather than put the films against one another. A Wrinkle in Time is a spectacle, but it’s also a tough property to adapt, but with March Break this week it could find the kid audience the film is designed for.

The absolutely dreadful The Strangers: Prey at Night debut in third place with $10.2 million. BBP alum Scotty G and I saw this one Friday night, and in fourteen years of moviegoing, it’s by far the worst film we’ve seen together. As Scotty suggested, how this script got green lit and put in theaters is beyond the both of us, especially when far better films are going straight to VOD or Netflix. Though The Strangers: Prey at Night does contain one excellent and original scene, everything else surrounding that moment is so horrible, I can’t come anywhere close to recommending you see it. Wait for the YouTube video.

As for the rest of the top five, Red Sparrow was in fourth place with $8.15 million, while Game Night closed things out in fifth place with $7.88 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) A Wrinkle in Time – $43 million
2) Black Panther – $41 million
3) The Strangers: Prey at Night – $11 million
4) Red Sparrow – $8 million
5) Death Wish – $6 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Black Panther – $41 million
2) A Wrinkle in Time – $33. 3 million
3) The Stranger: Prey at Night – $10.2 million
4) Red Sparrow – $8.15 million
5) Game Night – $7.88 million

Next weekend sees the release of Tomb Raider and Love, Simon. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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