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Weekend Box Office Report: March 30-April 1, 2018

04.01.2018

Ready Player One enters the game at #1!

A massive blast of nostalgia was the main attraction at theaters this Easter weekend, putting READY PLAYER ONE on top at the box office with an estimated opening of $41.2 million!

With its Thursday opening day figures included, director Steven Spielberg's eyeball-exhausting trip to the virtual realm had a four-day domestic opening of $53.2 million.

For the filmmaker's recent efforts, that opening was stronger than dramatic fare like THE POST ($19.3 million on its first wide weekend) and BRIDGE OF SPIES ($15.3 million), and scored much bigger than the $18.7 million of 2016 animated fantasy THE BFG. (Spielberg's last huge opening was the $100 million start of INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL in 2008.)

The $175 million adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel also downloaded an additional $128 million from international crowds for a global opening of $181.2 million.

Most critics gladly logged in for the PG-13 pop-culture overload with an average of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. You can check out the JoBlo review right HERE.

Opening in second place was filmmaker Tyler Perry's new thriller TYLER PERRY'S ACRIMONY with $17.1 million.

Tyler Perry's R-rated revenge story with Taraji P. Henson cost a reported $20 million. The opening was right down the middle for Tyler Perry's recent non-Madea output, lower than the $21 million start of TYLER PERRY'S TEMPTATION: CONFESSIONS OF A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR in 2013, but above the $15.5 million opening of TYLER PERRY'S GOOD DEEDS in 2012.

Critics didn't cheer Taraji's quest for vengeance on her unfaithful husband, giving Tyler Perry's latest an average of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Marvel's irrepressible African superhero BLACK PANTHER was in third place with $11.2 million, climbing to a domestic total of $650.6 million. By next weekend it will surely have climbed over JURASSIC WORLD ($652 million) and TITANIC ($659 million) to become the third highest-grossing release in domestic history.

T'Challa and his fearless colleagues have also gathered $1.27 billion worldwide, putting it ahead of Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ($1.26 billion) and just a few million shy of FROZEN.

Faith-based story I CAN ONLY IMAGINE was in fourth place with $10.7 million, bringing the $7 million production to $55.5 million domestic on its third weekend in theaters.

Creature-punching sequel PACIFIC RIM UPRISING lurched into fifth place with $9.2 million, a 67% crash from its opening atop the chart last weekend. The John Boyega-led mech-versus-monster conflict has a ten-day domestic total of $45.6 million and $231 million worldwide (on a reported $150 million cost).

Animated family feature SHERLOCK GNOMES was in sixth place with $7 million, losing only 34% of business from last week's opening. The James McAvoy/Emily Blunt-voiced sequel has a ten-day domestic total of $22.8 million.

Teen drama LOVE, SIMON remained in seventh place with $4.8 million for a domestic total of $32.1 million after three weeks on screens. Greg Berlanti's adaptation of Becky Albertalli's book cost a reported $17 million.

TOMB RAIDER was in eighth with $4.7 million, reaching $50.5 million domestic on its third weekend. Alicia Vikander's videogame heroine is still resilient with foreign audiences -- the $94 million adaptation is up to $245 million worldwide.

Toward the bottom was Ava DuVernay's adaptation of A WRINKLE IN TIME as it passed $100 million worldwide, and biblical drama PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST closed out the list.

Outside the chart, comedy GAME NIGHT left with romance MIDNIGHT SUN. Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated canine fable ISLE OF DOGS expanded to 165 locations and fetched $2.8 million, a per-screen average of $17k before it goes wide next weekend.

The weekend's other new release GOD'S NOT DEAD: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS, the third chapter in the insistent religious franchise, opened on nearly 1700 screens for $2.6 million.

Next weekend has John Cena parenting in the comedy BLOCKERS, John Krasinski directs himself and Emily Blunt in the horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a dark time in Ted Kennedy's life is explored in CHAPPAQUIDDICK, and there's volleyball drama in the biopic THE MIRACLE SEASON.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Ready Player One $41.2 M $53.2 M
2. Tyler Perry's Acrimony $17.1 M
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3. Black Panther $11.2 M $650.6 M
4. I Can Only Imagine $10.7 M $55.5 M
5. Pacific Rim Uprising $9.2 M $45.6 M
6. Sherlock Gnomes $7 M $22.8 M
7. Love, Simon $4.8 M $32.1 M
8. Tomb Raider $4.7 M $50.5 M
9. A Wrinkle in Time $4.6 M $83.2 M
10. Paul, Apostle of Christ $3.5 M $11.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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