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A Wrinkle In Time Pulls In $1.3 Million In Thursday Previews

A Wrinkle in Time spelled up $1.3 million in Thursday previews. This is the first test at the box office for the opening weekend of the Disney flick, which will be competing with the studio's Black Panther for the first place finish. (via Box Office Mojo)

A Wrinkle in Time, an adaptation of the popular children's novel by Madeleine L'Engle, stars Storm Reid as Meg Murry, a young girl who goes on a journey through time and space to try to find her missing father (Chris Pine). Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Zach Galifianakis, Bellamy Young, Rowan Blanchard, Andre Holland, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star in the movie, which has a $100 million budget.

Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay directs the movie, which is based on a script from Frozen's Jennifer Lee. Disney has the movie projecting for a $35 million debut, although its Thursday preview showings suggest something higher. The film's $1.3 million tops Tomorrowland's $725,000, which wound up having a $33 million debut. Box Office Mojo has A Wrinkle in Time tracking for somewhere between $40 and $45 million. The movie currently sits at a 43 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Black Panther will provide A Wrinkle in Time's closest box office competition. In its fourth weekend in theaters, the movie is still expected to bring in somewhere around $38.5 million. The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, has been a box office behemoth and is expected to top $1 billion globally by the end of the weekend.

The horror flick The Strangers: Prey at Night, another new release, is expected to take third place with somewhere around $7 to $10 million after bringing in $610,000 in previews. The crime film The Hurricane Heist, starring Maggie Grace and Ryan Kwanten, should bring in somewhere around $4 million, while the David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, and Joel Edgerton dark comedy Gringo is expected to debut to somewhere between $2 and $5 million. All three films received negative reviews from critics, sitting at a 38 percent, a 22 percent, and a 36 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively.