A Wrinkle In Time to overthrow Black Panther despite bad reviews?

Joann Johnston
March 13, 2018

On Saturday, the film surpassed the $1 billion mark globally, the 16th Disney release to reach that milestone and the fifth Marvel Cinematic Universe picture to do so.

Variety reports that it is tracking towards $13 million on its first Friday, slightly ahead of Black Panther's $9 million.

"Black Panther" will probably gross 736 million yuan ($116 million) in China, ticketing data app Maoyan forecast as of Monday, an estimate that's likely to be adjusted as more results come in.

The Disney film, directed by Ava DuVernay, boasts an incredible cast - including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon - but a negative reception from critics risked denting its returns in cinemas.

The movie starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Minday Kaling, Chris Pine and newcomer Storm Reid grossed another $6.3 million overseas in six territories, so it still has a lot of room to grow its worldwide audience.

Also opening this weekend was "Strangers: Prey at Night", from Aviron Pictures, which landed in third place with domestic revenue of $10.4 million.

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The poorly reviewed movie - Variety says it serves up "the same old meat-puppet gore and cattle-prod scares" - stars Christina Hendricks and Martin Henderson as a couple whose family is attacked by three masked men.

"The Hurricane Heist", from Entertainment Studios, opened with weekend sales of $3 million, missing forecasts of $5 million.

Focus Feature's "Thoroughbreds" opened with $1.2 million in 549 theaters. This isn't a good start for Amazon Studios' first attempt at self-distribution, and the film's "C+" CinemaScore shows that audiences just didn't get it.

Below, check out the impressive numbers the film has posted so far. The Orchard will open the comedy-drama "Flower" in limited release.

Check back later today for an updated report based on actual numbers, and then check back Thursday where Disney will be getting some competition from the new Tomb Raider movie.

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