Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther in "Black Panther" (Marvel Studios)

"Black Panther" and "A Wrinkle in Time" dominate the box office

"Black Panther" tops $500 million, as two films directed by black Americans are sitting atop the box office


Charlie May
March 11, 2018 6:48PM (UTC)

With the debut of "A Wrinkle in Time" on Friday, and a fourth consecutive top performance by "Black Panther," Disney films were in firm control of the box office this weekend.

The two films reeled in $33.5 million and $41.1 million, respectively, across nearly 4,000 locations each, according to Variety.

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"Black Panther" has won the No. 1 spot in the North American box office for the last four weekends straight, the first film to do so since "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The film has now amassed $562 million, which made it the seventh-highest domestic grosser ever, Variety noted.

Globally, it has brought in a total of over $1 billion, Deadline Hollywood reported.

"A Wrinkle in Time" is filled with stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Both films have put an emphasis on a diverse cast, as "Black Panther's" director Ryan Coggler has made history as the first black director of a Marvel film and it starred a nearly all-black cast. "A Wrinkle in Time" was directed by Ava DeVurnay, who is African-American.

Many were quick to point out that the diversity in the two movies helped bring in historic success.

"Audiences respond to seeing themselves on the big screen and it’s good business for us," Dave Hollis, the president of worldwide distribution for Disney, told Variety. "Representation and inclusion matter." He also added that a family film, such as "A Wrinkle in Time" has much to look forward to as kids and families will flock to the movies for spring break throughout the next few weeks.

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Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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