'Black Panther' tops box office in Disney-dominant weekend

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Just another reason why A Wrinkle in Time should be required viewing for beauty junkies!

Opening in third place was Aviron Pictures' initial release, the home invasion sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson and Bailee Madison, which grossed an estimated $10.5 million in 3,980 theaters or $4,253 per venue.

Dave Hollis, president of worldwide distribution for Disney, told Variety that "Black Panther" and "A Wrinkle in Time" accounted for inclusion through their portrayals of strong female and minority characters. Throughout the weekend, the film gained $41.1 million.

Coogler then called DuVernay's new film A Wrinkle in Time "beautiful", writing, "I watched closely from across the hall at Disney while working on Black Panther as my big sister inspired her crew with love and navigated the challenges of studio filmmaking, adapting a book that many people called unfilmable into a movie that explodes with hope, with love and with women warriors". Either way, it's too early to call A Wrinkle in Time a loss, and it's still an impressive achievement as the first $100+ million-budgeted feature to be directed by a woman of color. 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.

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Jennifer Lawrence's smutty spy thriller 'Red Sparrow' took a beating at the box office over its second week. The family-friendly Peter Rabbit finished in the sixth spot with $6.8 million to bring its five-week total to $93.5 million.

Overall domestic box office was $137 million, down 17 per cent from the same weekend a year ago when "Kong: Skull Island" opened with $61 million.

Bruce Willis' Death Wish dropped 49% and four places with $6.6 million and $23.9 million grossed so far. The final new-release debut of the weekend, The Hurricane Heist, debuted at number eight with $3.2 million. The actor died at age 26 in a freak accident in 2016.

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