This weekend was a BIG one for Ready Player One, marking director Steven Spielberg‘s biggest opening in more than a decade!
The Warner Bros. movie took in a nationwide $41.2 million over the Easter holiday weekend in its first full weekend out in theaters — making it the Easter holiday’s BIGGEST opening EVER for a non-sequel!
Not only that, but when you include the four-day totals from the longer weekend with last Thursday, since Ready Player One launched a day early, you get a grand four-day total of $53.2 million — already much better than expected for the Spielberg flick!
It isn’t a moneymaker yet, of course — the film’s hefty production budget of $175 million before marketing will weigh it down for quite a while — but it fared very well in theaters this weekend all things considered.
Overseas, Ready Player One did more than $128 million in total — including about $61.7 million from China alone — to open to a grand total global debut of $181.2 million through the first weekend in total. WOW!!!
That makes it Spielberg’s biggest movie (and biggest domestic opening) since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull took in an opening $100.1 million more than a decade ago.
This also gives Ready Player One the second-biggest opening of the year so far behind Black Panther — not bad company in which to find oneself!!!
Falling in behind the popular new release this weekend were Tyler Perry‘s Acrimony, which took second place with just over $17 million at the box office.
Another new release disappointed quite a bit — religious-themed God’s Not Dead 3 finished in twelfth at the box office this week, which was WAY below expectations, taking in just $2.6 million from 1,693 theaters nationwide.
What about y’all, Perezcious readers!? What’d U go see in theaters this weekend?
Let us know in the comments (below)!!!
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