Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" was opened on Wednesday night with $ 3,800,000 at 3,500 North American locations.
The sci-fi fantasy is to be opened with $ 45 million on their four-day opening weekend dominate the domestic box office during the Easter holidays. Warner Bros. "Ready Player One" expands to 4,200 locations on Thursday and launches day and date internationally in 62 markets.
Based on Ernest Cline's 2011 novel, "Ready Player One" is set in both a dystopian version of Columbus, Ohio, in 2045 and a sophisticated virtual reality called Oasis to escape the grim reality of the world. The film, written by Cline and Zak Penn, plays Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance. Sheridan's character, Wade Watts, discovers evidence of a game within the program that promises the winner the full possession of the Oasis.
The ratings were mostly positive for "Ready Player One" with a 78% "fresh" score at Rotten Tomatoes. Paramount's "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" generated $ 2.6 million in preview shows on Wednesday night's preview in 201
According to comScore, "Ready Player One" is down 31% for the same month a year ago on the disappointing March. This follows a record February driven by Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther".
The second weekend of "Universal Rim Uprising" by Universal and Legendary, the seventh weekend of "Black Panther" and Lionsgate-Roadside's third weekend of "I Can Only Imagine" will fight for second place on holiday weekend. Pacific Rim Uprising recorded $ 33 million in the first five days, while Black Panther hit $ 635 million in 40 days. "It has won a staggering $ 41 million in the first few dozen days."
"Ready Player One" gets a one-day jump on two other opener-Lionsgate thrillers "Tyler Perry's Acrimony "and Pure Flix & # 39;" God's Not Dead: A Light in the Dark. "Acrimony" with Taraji P. Henson as the vindictive wife will start at $ 7,000 million at some 2,000 locations, ranging from $ 7,000,000 to $ 11 million in faith-based "One Light in the Dark", which will reach $ 5 million at 1,685 locations.