Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” looks to be dominating Marvel’s “Black Panther” at Friday’s box office, with “Wrinkle” at approximately $13 million and “Panther,” in its fourth weekend, heading for a Friday total upwards of $9 million.
That said, it’s anyone’s guess for the top spot at the weekend box office. As the two Disney titles face off against each other, Ava DuVernay’s “Wrinkle in Time” is projecting a $37 million opening for the three-day period, while Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” is estimating between $36 million-$39 million.
The latest tracking for “Wrinkle in Time” aligns more closely with initial numbers, which showed a range of $34 million to $37 million. Now, the fantasy adventure could land a weekend total up to $41 million.
With a varied critical response, “Wrinkle In Time” is struggling to attract the crowds necessary to make a profit on its budget exceeding $100 million. The film grossed $1.3 million during Thursday night previews, though because it’s a family film, its target audience is more likely to turn out on the weekend when school is out.
“A solid first day performance for ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ is good news with the film, having earned mixed reviews, clearly benefiting from a loyal fanbase who are excited to see the film,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore said.
“A Wrinkle in Time” — adapted from Madeleine L’Engle’s classic fantasy novel — follows a group of children as they travel through time and space to find their missing father. Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling and Gugu Mbatha-Raw make up the ensemble cast.
A $37 million-plus weekend for “Black Panther” would nab the third-highest fourth weekend of all time from “The Avengers” with $36.7 million. “Avatar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” currently hold the one and two spots, with $50.3 million and $42.4 million respectively. A 44% drop for the tentpole’s fourth weekend would be on par with its third weekend decline of 41%.
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