Also new over the weekend, Aviron Pictures' "Strangers: Prey at Night" opened in third place with $10.4 million. She made a show called "Queen Sugar" and mandated the use of female directors and key creatives a full two years before the great Frances McDormand shared with the world what an inclusion rider was.
"A Wrinkle in Time", a fantasy adventure that celebrates inclusion and accepting personal flaws, took in $33.1 million in its opening weekend - a letdown for a big-budget Disney film.
A Wrinkle in Time is set for release on March 9th in the U.S. and on March 23rd in the United Kingdom and features a cast that includes Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, Levi Miller, Andre Holland and Deric McCabe. Either way, it's too early to call A Wrinkle in Time a loss, and it's still an impressive achievement as the first $100+ million-budgeted feature to be directed by a woman of color.
"A Wrinkle in Time" follows Meg (Storm Reid) as she embarks upon a quest to find her parents, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine) and Dr. Kate Murry (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) somewhere in the universe.
Jennifer Lawrence's smutty spy thriller 'Red Sparrow' took a beating at the box office over its second week. Sony's fifth weekend of "Peter Rabbit" came in sixth with $6.8 million at 3,112 venues to push the family comedy past $93 million domestically.
Next weekend sees the release of Tomb Raider, which will certainly shake up the box office once again. MGM's second weekend of "Death Wish" followed in seventh with $6.6 million at 2,882 sites to give the Bruce Willis reboot almost $24 million in 10 days.
The next new wide release, Rob Cohen's The Hurricane Heist, was released by Entertainment Studios into 2,402 theaters, and it bombed pretty badly with just $3.1 million, essentially tying with Paramount's Annihilation for eighth place. Its 82-day total has hit a remarkable $397.3 million, good enough for the 30th spot on the all-time domestic list. The actor died at age 26 in a freak accident in 2016.