‘Ready Player One’ Wins Easter Weekend with $41.2M

Steven Spielberg's Sci-Fi

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures) is No. 1 at the domestic box office, earning $41.2 million in receipts this weekend for a cumulative $53.2 million after launching a day early on Thursday.

The VR-inspired blockbuster, based on Ernest Cline‘s pop-culture-laced novel has raked in $128 million in foreign markets. The film, which cost between $150 and $175 million to produce, stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. Ready Player One received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.

Coming in second was Tyler Perry and Lionsgate’s outlandish melodrama Acrimony, which opened with $17.1 million. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as a woman who goes to extreme lengths after her husband betrays her. It also earned an A- rating on CinemaScore but garnered poor reviews from critics.

The top five was rounded out by Disney and Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, the Christian drama I Can Only Imagine and the sequel from Legendary and Universal, Pacific Rim Uprising.

In limited release, Wes Anderson’s stop-motion movie Isle of Dogs earned $2.8 million for a per screen average of $17,030, bringing its total to $5.9 million.

Take a look at the March 30-April 1 figures below.

1. Ready Player One — $41.2 million
2. Acrimony — $17.1 million
3. Black Panther — $11.3 million
4. I Can Only Imagine — $10.8 million
5. Pacific Rim Uprising — $9.2 million
6. Sherlock Gnomes — $7 million
7. Love, Simon — $4.8 million
8. Tomb Raider — $4.7 million
9. A Wrinkle in Time — $4.7 million
10. Paul, Apostle of Christ — $3.5 million

Next week, Universal brings its R-rated comedy Blockers, Entertainment Studios debuts the thriller Chappaquiddick, Mirror/LD releases the drama The Miracle Season and Paramount opens the horror thriller A Quiet Place.