'Black Panther' tops 'Wrinkle' as Disney dominates box office


"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".

The PG-rated film was directed by Ava DuVernay and stars Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine.

Reuters/Andrew KellyFans rejoice in the diversity represented in both "A Wrinkle In Time" and "Black Panther". The movie features a predominantly black cast and has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, making Coogler one of the most in-demand directors in the business.

It's the first time films by black directors with $100 million plus budgets have ever placed in the first two box office spots.

Ryan Coogler, another great director on the rise, took to ESPNW to pen a supportive tribute to DuVernay and her new film. As Disney's second movie of 2018, following several weeks after the powerhouse that is Marvel's Black Panther, AWrinkle of Time has earned mixed reception, but it was unclear how the movie would perform commercially.

Next was Fox espionage thriller "Red Sparrow", with Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-elite spy. Even without the $26.2 million grossed overseas, the family film is doing fairly well compared to its $50 million budget, and Sony might want to start considering its sequel options. In its second week of release, the Bruce Willis-led Death Wish added $6.6 million despite falling to the sixth spot from the third. Despite playing on 2,402 screens, Rob Cohen's 'The Hurricane Heist' was rained out with a weak $3.1 million debut ($1,311 per screen). Barry Jenkins, another African-American filmmaker, took home Best Picture in 2017 for Moonlight, which was made on just $1.5 million but has taken $27 million internationally.

The other half of the weekend's new releases didn't fare so well.