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'Ready Player One' Dominates Weekend Box Office

Ready Player OneWarner Bros. “Ready Player One” a sci-fi adventure drenched in layers of pop culture references, dominated the weekend box office, generating an $41.2M in North American theaters and $169.2M on its debut weekend, according to estimates compiled by comScore.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and adapted from Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name, “Ready Player One” cast two relative unknowns — Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke — in a tale about a treasure hunt in a dystopian virtual world.

The film, which cost an estimated $150 million to produce, was a gamble for Warner in this era of superhero retreads, and Spielberg, who is now 71, seemed like an unlikely pick for a movie so steeped in modern video game and pop culture.

While Spielberg helped to put ‘blockbuster’ in the modern film lexicon, he hasn’t produced anything close to that category since 2008’s lamentable ““Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and in more recent years, has focused his considerable directing capability on thoughtful historical dramas, such as “Bridge of Spies.”

Last weekend’s box office champ “Pacific Rim Uprising” slid to #2, adding an estimated $40.6M, though it nearly vanished in North American cinemas, adding what must surely be a very disappointing $9.2M over the weekend.

Also opening this weekend was Tyler Perry’s return to cinema, with his latest entry “Acrimony” a psychological thriller starring Taraji Henson, scaring up an estimated $17.1M in its debut weekend.

The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected by comScore as of Sunday, April 1, are below.

Ready Player One – Warner Bros. – $169.2M
Pacific Rim Uprising – Multiple – $40.6M
Peter Rabbit – Sony – $34.1M
Black Panther – Disney – $19.0M
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – Lionsgate – $17.1M
Tomb Raider – Warner Bros. – $16.7M
Baaghi 2 – Multiple – $15.8M
I Can Only Imagine – Multiple – $11.0M
Sherlock Gnomes – Paramount Pictures – $9.5M
Wrinkle In Time, A – Disney – $9.5M
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum – Showbox / Mediaplex Inc. – $8.5M
Nothing To Lose (Part 1) – Downtown files/Paris Filmes – $7.1M

The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected by comScore as of Sunday, April 1, are below.

Ready Player One – Warner Bros. – $41.2M
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – Lionsgate – $17.1M
Black Panther – Disney – $11.3M
I Can Only Imagine – Roadside Attractions – $10.8M
Pacific Rim Uprising – Universal – $9.2M
Sherlock Gnomes – Paramount – $7.0M
Love, Simon – 20th Century Fox – $4.8M
Tomb Raider – Warner Bros. – $4.7M
Wrinkle In Time, A – Disney – $4.7M
Paul, Apostle Of Christ – Sony – $3.5M
Isle Of Dogs – Fox Searchlight – $2.8M
God’s Not Dead: A Light In Darkness – Pure Flix – $2.6M

- CelebrityAccess

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