With Black Panther continuing to roar at box office, Disney might postpone release of A Wrinkle in Time

FP Staff

Mar,07 2018 16:24:18 IST

While Disney's next big release A Wrinkle in Time was initially expected to piggyback on the success of Black Panther, there are now worries that the Marvel movie might eat into Ava DuVernay's time-travel fantasy.

Variety reports that Black Panther's record-setting prowl across the globe shows no signs of slowing down and it could potentially outperform A Wrinkle in Time, which is set to hit theatres this Friday, at the box office even in its fourth week of release.

Stills from Black Panther (L) and A Wrinkle in Time (R)

Stills from Black Panther (L) and A Wrinkle in Time (R)

A Disney spokesperson informed Firstpost that the release of A Wrinkle in Time could be pushed to another date.

Based on Madeleine L'Engle's timeless 1962 classic of the same name, A Wrinkle in Time takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and the redeeming power of love. Through one girl's transformative journey led by three planet-hopping guides, the movie posits that strength comes from embracing one's individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel "by one's own light."

DuVernay (Selma, 13th) is the first African American woman trusted to helm a $100 million-plus blockbuster. The principal cast of A Wrinkle in Time features mainly non-white actors, including Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michael Pena. The sci-fi fantasy was aiming to dislodge its Disney stablemate from atop the box office when it hit theatres.

But Black Panther has swept all before it to pass the $500 million mark in only its third week in North America as it stayed on track to be one of the highest-grossing films ever. It has scored nearly $900 million globally, with its opening in China still days away.

The 18th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Chadwick Boseman as the superhero king of an idyllic if fictional African country, took in $66.3 million for the weekend, box office monitor Exhibitor Relations reported.

That take — nearly four times the $16.9 million earned by the weekend's runnerup, Fox's Red Sparrow — gave Black Panther the third-highest third weekend ever, trailing only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million) and Avatar ($68.5 million).

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Mar 07, 2018 16:32 PM