Ready Player One Plugs In to First Place

It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, but Ready Player One won the weekend with an estimated $41.2 million haul. For four days, the film earned $53.2 million. It’s Steven Spielberg’s largest opening since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.

The film received an “A-” CinemaScore and the audience as 59% male and 56% over the age of 25.

Internationally, the film opened in 62 markets and earned an estimated $128 million for a debut of $181.2 million globally. The film opens in Germany on April 5 and in Japan April 20.

The film should have a decent run but has competition with Rampage which opens on April 13 and both films need to earn what they can before Avengers: Infinity War debuts later this month.

In second place was Tyler Perry’s Acrimony which earned an estimated $17.1 million. That film earned an “A-” CinemaScore with an audience that was 74% female and 85% over the age of 25.

In third place was Black Panther with an estimated $11.2 million. The film has now earned $650.7 million domestically, the fifth highest of all time and it will likely wind up in third when its run is over. At the international box office the film added $7.7 million to bring its international gross to $623.2 million and $1.274 billion. It currently places eleventh for all-time worldwide total and will easily move into the top ten passing Frozen.

In fourth place was I Can Only Imagine which dropped from third last week. That film added $10.8 million to its domestic total which now stands at $55.6 million off of a $7 million budget.

Rounding out the top five was Pacific Rim: Uprising which dropped from last weekend’s first place. The film earned $9.2 million a drop of 67.3% and brings its domestic total to $45.7 million. The film has also brought in $186.2 million for a $231.9 million worldwide total. The original brought in $309.2 million with a budget of $40 million higher.

In other comic related films…

The Death of Stalin added $1.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $3.9 million. The movie is now playing in 484 theaters.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper examination of comic film adaptations.