'Ready Player One' gives Steven Spielberg the fifth-highest opening of his career


Steven Spielberg has another success under his belt with Ready Player One, which took the weekend's top spot with a $41.2 million debut. That's the highest opening Spielberg has had in ten years (since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s $100.1 million bow in 2008) and the fifth highest opening of his career. An A- CinemaScore could indicate a reasonably strong hold over the coming weeks, as could a relative lack of competition; the only other big-budget, action-oriented family movie hitting theaters between now and Avengers: Infinity War on April 27th is the Dwayne Johnson starrer Rampage, out two weeks from now.

In second place was new release Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, earning a strong $171.1 million on just over 2,000 screens. Substantially less successful among new releases was God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness. The faith-based drama underperformed to the tune of $2.6 million, landing it outside of the top five. A possible factor in the movie’s failure to draw in audiences over the Easter weekend was competition from other faith-based films. I Can Only Imagine held strong in its third weekend, maintaining its top-five standing with $10.7 million, while Paul, Apostle of Christ clung to a spot in the top ten with $3.5 million.

Black Panther’s strong hold over the box office continues, its $11.2 million seventh-weekend gross securing a third-place finish. Pacific Rim: Uprising, meanwhile, had a quite steep second weekend drop of 67%, its $9.2 million weekend cume landing it in spot number five.

Among limited releases, the highest earner was Indian action sequel Baaghi 2, earning $580,000 on 123 screens. Also new to theaters were Finding Your Feet ($61,295 on 14 screens), Gemini ($34,184 on four screens), Outside In ($11,339 on nine screens), Love After Love ($11,263 on one screen), FilmMovement’s re-issue of spaghetti Western The Great Silence ($7,639 on a single screen), The Gardener ($6,800 on a single screen) and The Last Movie Star ($3,780 on two screens). The highest per-theatre average belonged to Isle of Dogs, which upped its theatre count from 27 to 165.