Box Office: Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Won Easter
$TWX, $IMAX, $DIS, $SNE, $CMCSA, $FOX
The sci-fi adventure marks director Steven Spielberg’s biggest opening in 10 years with $41-M, and Tyler Perry’s ‘Acrimony’ placed #2 with $17-M for the holiday weekend.
The sci-fi adventure also marks Director Spielberg’s biggest domestic bow since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($100.1-M) 1o years ago.
Ready Player One secured the 2nd-best opening of the year so far behind Black Panther. It’s also the best number for an original film from Spielberg since Jurassic Park ($47-M) in Y 1993, not adjusted for inflation.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures partnered on Ready Player One, which was based on Ernest Cline’s pop-culture-laced novel about a teen’s quest to win control over a virtual universe. The pic is infused with references to the 1980’s, including numerous nods to popular movies.
Ready Player One came in ahead of other comparable films, and 65% of ticket buyers were male. Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters turned in an impressive $6.6-M in North America.
Tyler Perry and Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) latest film together, the marital psychological thriller Acrimony, came in at # 2 over the weekend with a $17.1-M from 2,006 theaters. Nearly 75% of ticket buyers were female.
Acrimony, Ready Player One and Easter weekend’s 3rd new movie, God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, all earned A-CinemaScores.
Faith-based moviegoers continued to embrace I Can Only Imagine, which placed # 4 in its 3rd weekend with $10.8-M from 2,648 theaters for a domestic total of $55.6-M. The distributor added 395 theaters to the film’s run over Easter weekend.
Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) faith-based title Paul, Apostle of Christ came in # 10 in its 2nd outing with an estimated $3.5-M for a domestic box office of $11.5-M.
Among other holdovers, Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s Black Panther remained a powerful in its 7th weekend, coming in # 3 with an $11.2-M for a domestic take of $650.7-M and a global box office of $1.273 million.
Pacific Rim Uprising tumbled 67% in its 2nd weekend to $9.2-M for a 10-day North American take of $45.7-M. The sequel, from Legendary and Universal, is a bigger play internationally, where it earned another $31.4-M for a foreign tally of $186.2-M, and $231.9-M worldwide.
Sony’s family film Peter Rabbit jumped the $200-M mark globally, as it expanded into additional markets.
At the US specialty box office
Isle of Dogs earned $2.8-M for a theater average of $17,030, the best box office average of the weekend. The Fox Searchlight film added more than 144 runs in its 2nd weekend.
And Aaron Katz’s Gemini opened in 4 theaters, earning $34,184 for a theater average of $8,546. Zoe Kravitz stars in the mystery, which had its world premiere at SXSW.
Have some fun, see a movie this week.