Ready Player One Box Office: Spielberg’s VR Adventure Is Off To A Solid Start

$41,210,000Total: $53,215,000LW: N THTRS: 4,2342.Tyler Perry’s Acrimony*$17,100,000Total: $17,100,000LW: N THTRS: 2,0063.Black Panther$11,263,000Total: $650,699,634LW: 2 THTRS: 2,9884.I Can Only Imagine$10,750,685Total: $55,576,022LW: 3 THTRS: 2,6485.Pacific Rim Uprising$9,205,000 Total: $45,670,820LW: 1 THTRS: 3,7086.Sherlock Gnomes$7,000,000Total: $22,820,646LW: 4 THTRS: 3,6627.Love, Simon$4,800,000Total: $32,140,794LW: 7 THTRS: 2,0248.Tomb Raider$4,700,000Total: $50,502,178LW: 5 THTRS: 2,7889.A Wrinkle in Time$4,694,000Total: $83,250,414LW: 6 THTRS: 2,36710.Paul, Apostle of Christ$3,500,000Total: $11,530,838LW: N THTRS: 1,473


Ready Player One*


Total: $53,215,000


THTRS: 4,234


Tyler Perry’s Acrimony*


Total: $17,100,000


THTRS: 2,006


Black Panther


Total: $650,699,634

LW: 2

THTRS: 2,988


I Can Only Imagine


Total: $55,576,022

LW: 3

THTRS: 2,648


Pacific Rim Uprising


Total: $45,670,820

LW: 1

THTRS: 3,708


Sherlock Gnomes


Total: $22,820,646

LW: 4

THTRS: 3,662


Love, Simon


Total: $32,140,794

LW: 7

THTRS: 2,024


Tomb Raider


Total: $50,502,178

LW: 5

THTRS: 2,788


A Wrinkle in Time


Total: $83,250,414

LW: 6

THTRS: 2,367


Paul, Apostle of Christ


Total: $11,530,838


THTRS: 1,473

Steven Spielberg has certainly made some interesting and great films in the last 10 years, but none of them have really carried need-to-see buzz with them into theaters. remains the only title on the filmmaker’s resume to hit nine figures – and that was back in 2008. Since then there’s been , , , , , and , and none of them cracked $30 million when put into wide release ( came closest with $25 million). That makes ‘s numbers significant – even though $41.2 million in three days isn’t really spectacular by modern blockbuster standards.

Perhaps the best news of all is that could wind up having some good legs as we move through April. Professional critics have been mostly positive about the movie, ultimately landing it with a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the “A-” posted on CinemaScore suggests that audiences are digging it as well. When you factor in foreign territories – where its already pulled in $128 million – and the boost it got from opening a few days early (explaining the difference between weekend gross and total gross), the film might wind up with a total global pull that actually justifies the enormous $175 million reported budget.

Unlike Spielberg, Tyler Perry has consistently proven in recent years that he can bring in crowds, and can definitely be called a success. In comparison to ‘s $41.2 million, the new movie’s $17.1 million may not look like much, but then you have to factor in the theater count. was shown in nearly half the number of cinemas as its chief competitor, and still managed an impressive $8,524.42 per theater average ( made $9,733.11 per screen). It’s not exactly , which actually made $41 million on 2,032 theaters in 2009, but it’s not too shabby for a film that wasn’t screened in advance for critics.

Clearly Ryan Coogler’s is continuing to kick ass as well, but deserving special mention is Andrew and Jon Erwin’s . A faith-based movie based on the song of the same name by the band MercyMe, the feature opened three weeks ago, and has done a nice job staying in the Top 5. It fell behind when it first came out, starting in third place, but both that film and have now fallen behind it on the charts ( taking a brutal fall to fifth place with a 67 percent drop in its second week). The movie isn’t getting any play in foreign markets, but making $55 million domestically so far with a $7 million budget is nothing to shake a stick at.

The box office landscape will completely change at the end of the month with the release of , but we’re not quite there yet. That said, this week will see a new foursome debut in theaters, including the raunchy comedy ; the period drama ; the inspirational true story-based , and the horrifying . Come back next Sunday to see the refreshed Top 10!

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