Moviegoers were more than willing to enter the OASIS over the weekend, as Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One performed better than expected at the box office.
Including Thursday night ticket sales, Ready Player One earned $53.2 million domestically, which is Spielberg’s biggest opening since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull brought in $100.1 million back in 2008.
Overseas, the Ready Player One performed even better, breaking Batman v Superman’s $57 million record in China for Warner Bros.’ best opening ever in the country, with $61.7 million in receipts. To date, Ready Player One has grossed $128 million internationally, bringing its worldwide haul to $181.2 million. However, with a production budget of $175 million, the film will need to continue putting up strong numbers in the weeks ahead if it’s to prove profitable.
Elsewhere, Pacific Rim: Uprising suffered a steep 67 percent decline in its second weekend, falling from first to fifth place at the domestic box office with $9.2 million in earnings. Taking its place was Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, a psychological thriller that earned $17.1 domestically in its debut.
Here are the top 10 domestic releases for the three-day Easter weekend, according to Box Office Mojo:
1. Ready Player One $41.2 million
2. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony $17.1 million
3. Black Panther $11.3 million
4. I Can Only Imagine $10.8 million
5. Pacific Rim Uprising $9.2 million
6. Sherlock Gnomes $7 million
7. Love, Simon $4.8 million
8. Tomb Raider $4.7 million
9. A Wrinkle in Time $4.7 million
10. Paul, Apostle of Christ $3.5 million
Source: Box Office Mojo
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