Can anything stall the climb of Black Panther towards a $1bn worldwide box office? Ava DuVernay becomes the first woman of color to direct a $100m-plus live-action film with A Wrinkle in Time, while Christina Hendricks fends off masked mobile home residents in Strangers, Maggie Grace has to stop $900m from being taken from the US Treasury in The Hurricane Heist, and David Oyelowo gets involved in a corporate cartel feud in Gringo.
A Wrinkle in Time
Starring Storm Reid (12 Years a Slave), Oprah Winfrey (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Selma), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Mindy Kaling (The Office), Levi Miller (Pan) and Chris Pine (Captain America). Synopsis: Youngster Meg Murray sets off on a dimension-folding adventure to find her missing father with help from three celestial guides Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who. Director: Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma) Select release dates: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore – March 8; Canada, USA, Vietnam – March 9; France, Philippines – March 14; Australia – March 22; UK, Ireland – March 23; Netherlands – April 4
The Strangers: Prey at Night
Starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy), Bailee Madison (Good Witch), Lewis Pullman (Battle of the Sexes)
Synopsis: A family seeks overnight shelter in a deserted trailer park but find themselves tormented by three masked strangers. Director: Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down). Select release dates: Netherlands – March 8; USA – March 9; Singapore – March 15; UK – May 4
The Hurricane Heist
Starring Maggie Grace (Taken, The Twilight Saga), Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones). Synopsis: A heavily armed gang robs the US treasury during a hurricane storm, prompting its lone security guard to team up with her newfound meteorologist friend and his brother in order to foil the heist. Director: Rob Cohen (Fast & Furious,xXx, Stealth, Alex Cross). Select release dates: France – since February 28; USA – March 9; Hong Kong – March 15; Netherlands, Singapore – April 5; UK – April 6
Starring David Oyelowo (Star Wars: Rebels), Charlize Theron (Atomic Blonde), Joel Edgerton (Red Sparrow), Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables). Synopsis: Harold, a businessman, gets caught up in a corporate plot to mass-produce cannabis pills, a kidnapping, and a Mexican cartel bent on revenge. Director: Nash Edgerton (The Square (2008). Select release dates: UK, Ireland, USA – March 9; Singapore – March 15; Netherlands – March 22.