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‘Black Panther’ Holds Top Spot, Passes $1 Billion Mark

Black PantherAva DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time was unable to top Black Pantherafter opening to a muted $33.3 million from 3,980 theaters in North America over the weekend. Both Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time — the latter based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved book and targeting young girls — have been heralded for their diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.

Black Panther continued to dazzle, earning $41.1 million from 3,942 locations to score one of the best fourth weekends ever. The movie, upping its domestic total to $562 million, is now the No. 2 superhero pic of all time behind Marvel’s The Avengers. Ryan Coogler’s superhero film also bounded past the $1 billion mark at the global box office over the weekend after landing in its final foreign market, China, where it debuted to a stellar $66.5 million — among the top five launches ever for a superhero pic.

The top 12 films of the weekend, as of Sunday, March 11, are as follows: