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Weekend box office: 'Black Panther’ retains its title with decisive win

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By RYAN PAINTER, KUTV

Weekend box office March 9 – 11, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) Calling “Black Panther” an underdog, particularly on a weekend when the film became the first 2018 release to earn $1 billion worldwide, feels a bit silly, but few expected the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to win this weekend’s box office over “A Wrinkle in Time.” And yet, that is exactly what it did. Bringing in an estimated total of $41 million, “Black Panther” finds itself with a four-week winning streak.

“A Wrinkle in Time” was less of a must-see event than was expected as it fell below predictions with $33.3 million weekend. Reviews were generally poor from critics and audiences gave the film a “B” according to CinemaScore. I like the film’s positive message, but the narrative is disjointed to the point of not making sense. Thus far, it’s the biggest disappointment of 2018.

Elsewhere, the horror sequel “Strangers: Prey at Night” opened to $10.4 million, Jennifer Lawrence’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow” fell 51 percent by adding $8.15 million over the weekend for a domestic total of $31 million and the adult comedy “Game Night” finished its third weekend with $7.9 million for a domestic total of $45 million.

New releases “The Hurricane Heist” and “Gringo” failed to attract an audience. The absurd disaster film “The Hurricane Heist” scored an abysmal $3.15 million. “Gringo,” a black comedy starring Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo, managed only $2.6 million.

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The Shape of Water” took an Oscar victory lap by adding $2.4 million. The movie now has a domestic total of $61 million and a worldwide total of $135 million.

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