Disney’s adaptation of the classic children’s science-fiction novel A Wrinkle In Time had a lesser than stellar weekend debut at the box office with the Ava DuVernay-directed film being projected to take in between $32 and $33 million at the box office.
Ironically, Wrinkle In Time was beat at the box office by Disney corporate sibling Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. The superhero film is set to bring in $40 million at the domestic box office this weekend as it enters its fourth week of release. Black Panther opened in its final foreign territory this weekend – China – where it earned $50 million on just Friday and today. That total helped to push the film’s overall, worldwide box office past $1 billion. Black Panther is now the 33rd film to have reached that milestone.
Wrinkle In Time‘s weak showing had to be a disappointment to Disney, who had invested between $100 and $120 million in the film’s production. Adding in the film’s advertising costs, it needs to clear $400 million at the box office in order to clear a profit for the studio. The film has a rather harsh 42% Rotten Tomatoes score but a more positive B CinemaScore from audiences who saw the film Friday evening. If it is going to make a profit for Disney it has a long road ahead of it.