Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" will take over the domestic box office on the Easter weekend with 53 million US dollars from 4,234 film locations.
The VR fantasy movie starring Tye Sheridan started Thursday morning after Warner Bros. decided to push the release up to take advantage of the holiday-friendly Easter break. With the additional day, "Ready Player One" will come out more than $ 30 million ahead of the second-placed movie "Tyler Perry's Acrimony," which will gross some $ 16 million of 2,006 pages.
"Ready Player One" grossed $ 17 million on Friday, ahead of early predictions that had cut $ 38 to $ 42 million between Thursday and Sunday. The film also opened day and date in 62 international markets and earned $ 28 million on Friday for a foreign sum of $ 42 million. In China, "Ready Player One" debuted at $ 1
Based on Ernest Cline's 2011 novel, "Ready Player One" is popular in both a dystopian version of Columbus, Ohio in 2045, and in a sophisticated world of virtual reality called Oasis, because it enables residents to escape grim reality from their real world. The film, written by Cline and Zak Penn, also plays Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance. The sci-fi movie received a 76% certified re-rating of Rotten Tomatoes and received an A-CinemaScore.
Lionsgate's "Acrimony" ended Friday at $ 7.26 million, with a $ 1 million preview, and received an A-Cinema score. The thriller stars Taraji P. Henson as a woman despised and seeking revenge. Perry's latest movie, "Boo 2!", Made $ 7.4 million between previews on Thursday and opening day.
In third place is Disney-Marvel's record Black Panther on its seventh weekend with $ 11 million. The film has garnered more than $ 1.2 billion worldwide and is the fifth highest domestic major of all time, about $ 13 million behind the 2015 Jurassic World. This weekend, this gap will narrow and the film will probably have the fourth highest success in the coming weeks, the domestic film of all time will be seen.
Roadside Attractions' I Can Only Imagine slipped one place last weekend and finished fourth, still solid at $ 10 million. With the addition of the weekend, the film will have earned over $ 50 million in North America. With Michael J. Finlay and Dennis Quaid, the film tells the story behind the best-selling single of all time, MercyMe's "I Can Only Imagine." The surprise box office hit another 395 cinemas to capitalize on Easter
Raised by its inaugural Weekend No. 1, Universal is "Pacific Rim Uprising" in fifth place with around $ 9 million from 3,708 locations. This number represents a 67% decrease over the film's premiere weekend – the 2013 "Pacific Rim" fell 57% between the first two weekends. In the lead role with John Boyega, "Uprising" sees a new generation of fighters ahead of the supernatural Kaiju monsters. The film is 45% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 53% Audience Score and B CinemaScore. Following on from his predecessor, "Uprising" has reached a greater international scale, earning more than $ 120 million for a worldwide total of more than $ 160 million.
Other Easter movies are Sony Affirms "Paul, Apostle of Christ," which was opened at 1,473 locations last weekend and should bring $ 3.5 million to Sunday for a total of 11.6 million US dollars. Pureflix's "God's Not Dead: A Light in the Dark" will open at 1,693 theaters for just over $ 3 million.
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