Box Office Predictions: March 9-11

Blogger’s Note (03/07): I am revising my Wrinkle prediction from $42.8 million to $37.8 million and now have it in second place

A quartet of new movies enter the marketplace this weekend as Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, horror sequel The Strangers: Prey at Night, disaster action pic The Hurricane Heist, and action comedy Gringo debut. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on each of them here:

A month ago, I would have told you that A Wrinkle in Time would easily debut at #1. However, then Black Panther happened (another Disney property). While I’m giving Time the #1 slot, if it under performs, it’s not out of the question that Panther could spend a fourth week atop the charts. I actually have the two of them quite close.

The other newbies likely face a tough road ahead. I have The Strangers sequel tops among that trio. My meager $3.1 million estimate for Gringo puts it well outside the top 5 while my $5.6 million projection for Hurricane also leaves it on the outside looking in. I’ll say Hurricane misses the top 5 due to holdover powers of others. The 3-5 slots and a bit beyond could have quite a logjam with Red Sparrow, Game Night, and Peter Rabbit all posting similar grosses. Sparrow should manage to be #3 (barely by my count). I’ll say current #3 Death Wish doesn’t hold up as well as Night or Rabbit and falls from the top 5 altogether.

And with that, my top 5 projections for the weekend ahead:

1. Black Panther

Predicted Gross: $40.2 million

2. A Wrinkle in Time

Predicted Gross: $37.8 million

3. Red Sparrow

Predicted Gross: $8.1 million

4. The Strangers: Prey at Night

Predicted Gross: $7.9 million

5. Peter Rabbit

Predicted Gross: $7.5 million

Box Office Results (March 2-4) 

Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther continued its incredible performance in its third weekend, easily placing first with $66.3 million (in range with my $65.4 million forecast) for a total of $501 million overall. That puts Panther currently in 10th place on the all-time domestic earners list and it’s likely to climb to seventh this weekend. Its gross is good for the #3 all-time third weekend, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avatar. 

Red Sparrow took the runner-up spot with a middling $16.8 million (just under my $17.5 million estimate). The Jennifer Lawrence spy thriller was hit with mixed reviews and marks the second box office disappointment in a row for the lead actress after mother!.

The Death Wish remake with Bruce Willis opened in third to a rather disappointing $13 million, under my $16.6 million projection. Poor reviews and potential bad timing for its release could have hurt it. It should fade rather quickly.

Game Night was fourth in its sophomore frame, holding up well with $10.4 million (I said $9.8 million) for $33 million total.

Peter Rabbit rounded out the top five with $10 million (ahead of my prediction of $8.7 million) for $84 million overall. The family tale looks to join the century club at some point.

And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…

2 thoughts on “Box Office Predictions: March 9-11

  1. I too believe “Black Panther” will be number one for a fourth week and has one more $40 million weekend left in it’s tank, which will be enough to beat “A Wrinkle In Time” in my opinion. A month ago I also would have had AWIT winning this weekend easily, but seeing how much of a juggernaut BP(even in it’s 4th week) has been combined with AWIT getting mixed reviews that leaves me with this decision. I see BP making $40-$43M this weekend and AWIT $35-$39M.

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