The critics, and moviegoers, have spoken: Oprah Winfrey’s new movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” is a bomb.
The film, based on the beloved children’s book, was highly anticipated, and much-hyped among Hollywood elites, because it starred the liberal messiah, Oprah Winfrey. It was also directed by Ava DuVernay, a black woman anointed the “next big thing” by Hollywood.
DuVernay is an outspoken liberal, having spoken out against President Trump and in support of Democrats, gun control, LGBTQ issues, and the ACLU.
The hype before the film opened focused mostly on pushing a liberal, new-age agenda, and DuVernay called it a “happy movie in dark times,” a passing reference to the despair Hollywood is in over the rise of Donald Trump.
CNN even jumped on the bandwagon, calling buying a ticket to the movie a “political act” as part of the “resistance.”
The movie features a new-age mindset, after the filmmakers removed all Christian references that were included in the book.
As a result, the movie is a philosophical mess, and the box office return was underwhelming, bringing in only $33 million in its opening weekend. That may sound like a good return, but considering the recent “Black Panther” took in over $200 million in its opening weekend, the box office is nowhere near what it should be.
Twitter reviews were savage, with even fans of the book bashing it. “Oprah will star in Disney’s biggest flop in 10 years! A Wrinkle in Time is an anti-Trump, ultra-PC update of what is arguably a classic,” one Twitter user said.
Most pointed to th logic of casting Oprah as one of the film’s big problems.
Is ‘A Wrinkle in Time'.Bound to be a flop? Production idiots at Disney don't know that Oprah & Witherspoon are their problem. Thinking Americans won't be preached to by self-righteous, hypocritical know-nothings, and refuse to see their half-baked movies. https://t.co/tPcGaeK1Eq
— Lee Jackson (@Stonewall_77) March 8, 2018
Not even the power of Oprah could save “A Wrinkle in Time,” it appears.
With a marketplace still dominated by “Black Panther,” Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay’s adaption of “A Wrinkle in Time,” which opened in second place with $33.3 million from 3,980 locations. The PG-rated film, which cost around $103 million to produce and stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, received mixed reviews from critics (it’s currently at a “rotten” 44 percent on RottenTomatoes) and audiences who gave it a B CinemaScore.
In gauging “A Wrinkle in Time’s” long-term prospects, a somewhat similar comparison could be Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” a PG-rated sci-fi pic with middling reviews and a B CinemaScore which opened to $33 million in the early summer of 2015 and went on to gross $93 million domestically. “Tomorrowland,” however, notably cost nearly twice as much to make as “A Wrinkle in Time.”
The weekend’s top films were:
1.”Black Panther,” $41.1 million.
2.”A Wrinkle in Time,” $33.3 million.
3.”The Strangers: Prey At Night,” $10.5 million.
4.”Red Sparrow,” $8.2 million.
5.”Game Night,” $7.9 million.
With more big films slated to open in coming weeks, the film is already considered dead in the water by experts.
Geeks and Gamers, in this video, explains why the film is such a flop.