By RYAN PAINTER, KUTV
Weekend box office March 9 – 11, 2018
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) Calling “<b>Black Panther</b>” 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 “<b>A Wrinkle in Time</b>.” 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.
<b>The Shape of Water</b>” 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.