“Ready Player One” soars on opening weekend
Warner Bros.' “Ready Player One” debuted in line with recent projections of $53 million in its extended opening weekend in the US Box Office. The film opened Thursday, getting a head start over its fellow weekend releases, “Tyler Perry's Acrimony” and “God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness”.
The virtual reality fantasy released internationally with $128 million since it opened in Tuesday previews, bringing its worldwide total up to an impressive $181.2 million. The film, based on Ernest Cline's novel, stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and TJ Miller.
“Tyler Perry's Acrimony” secured second place with $17 million. Marvel's “Black Panther” remains a powerhouse in the No. 3 slot, taking in $11 million. The tentpole crossed the $650 million mark at the North American box office, maintaining its place as the fifth-highest release in the US of all time.
Over the Easter weekend, the Christian drama “I Can Only Imagine” stayed strong in fourth place with $10.5 million. Rounding out the top five is Universal's “Pacific Rim Uprising” with $9.2 million. The sci-fi action, which held the top spot last weekend, has taken in $45.6 million domestically.