Oprah Winfrey in A Wrinkle in Time

In Theaters This Week (3/9/2018): A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo, The Strangers 2

David Oyelowo, Margot Robbie, Joel Edgerton in Gringo

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.   Disney vs. Disney this week as the House of the Mouse is finding itself competing against its own box office phenom: Black Panther.

The Strangers: Prey by Night
Black Panther has clearly blown everyone away with both its quality and its performance at the box office, which leaves Disney in a position it is going to find itself more and more often: competing against itself.  A Wrinkle in Time’s “reimagining” has rankled me since the first time I saw the first footage at D23 last year, and it seems that critics are appreciative of the visual spectacle, but feel the magic of the book got lost in all the “reimagining”.  It’s currently sitting at 45% at RT at time of writing.

Depending on how big your multiplex is, you may have up to four other options this weekend, the most well-reviewed of them being the black comedy Gringo with Margot Robbie.  For horror fans, comes the sequel to the film that probably creeped me out more than any film I’ve ever seen with The Strangers: Prey by Night.

A Wrinkle in Time (Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, PG, 2hrs)

Gringo (Margot Robbie, Joel Edgerton, R, 1hr 50min)

The Hurricane Heist (Maggie Grace, Toby Kebell, PG-13, 1hr 43min)

The Strangers: Prey at Night (Christina Hendricks, R, 1hr 25min)

Thoroughbreads (Anya Taylor Joy, Olivia Cooke, R, 1hr 30min)

How Did We Do Last Week? 
KT picked Black Panther to three-peat, and it had another stellar weekend, the third best third weekend in film history.  The MCU hit made $66.4 million, easily outpacing Jennifer Lawrence’s Red Sparrow, which finished second with $16.9 million.

Black Panther continues to smash its way through box office milestones.  It has made, thus far, $512.686 million domestically and $921.386 million globally.  It is now the #9 film all-time at the US box office, having passed Beauty and the Beast this week.  It’s likely that this week it will pass both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Dark Knight to reach #7.  Disney films are now 6/10 of the all-time domestic top 10.  Internationally, it’s currently #46 and rising.  The film should shortly join the $1 billion dollar club.
(2018 Prediction Record: 9-0; Lifetime prediction record 94-10).

Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Black Panther is only losing about 40% a week, which is NUTS, and with tepid reviews, I don’t think A Wrinkle in Time has enough to knock T’Challa off the box office throne.  At this point, betting AGAINST Black Panther just seems dumb.  Fourpeat!
Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

3 thoughts on “In Theaters This Week (3/9/2018): A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo, The Strangers 2”

    1. Gringo seems by far the best of the bad options. The Strangers scared me so badly that I don’t think I could ever watch a sequel. I was walking around my house with a butcher knife for days after watching the first one.

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  1. Hurricane Heist sounds like a movie Homer Simpson would get excited about.

    “Oooh! Hurricane Heist!”

    With A Wrinkle In Time, Hollywood has finally cracked the toughest nut of all. They’ve figured out how to reimagine something before it has simply been imagined.

    I’m going to go see Black Panther again tomorrow, although I have to say that after reading your weekly column just now, I briefly considered banging my head against a wall instead.


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