Ready Player One Wins in Debut

Tyler Perry film takes second, 'Black Panther' third
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2018 12:10 PM CDT
Ready Player One Wins in Debut
This image released by Lionsgate shows Lyriq Bent, left, and Taraji P. Henson in a scene from "Tyler Perry's Acrimony."   (Chip Bergmann/Lionsgate via AP)

Steven Spielberg's action-adventure Ready Player One has topped the domestic box office over the holiday weekend. Studio estimates on Sunday say the Virtual Reality-focused film earned a solid $53.2 million in its first four days in theaters from 4,234 locations. Based on Ernest Cline's popular novel and chock-full of references to 1980s pop culture, Ready Player One cost a reported $175 million to produce. Tyler Perry's Acrimony took second place.

Driven by an overwhelmingly female audience, the Taraji P. Henson-starrer grossed $17.1 million over the 3-day weekend, followed by Black Panther in third place with $11.3 million. Faith-based films also competed for attention, including I Can Only Imagine which scored again with $10.8 million, outshining Paul, Apostle of Christ's $3.5 million and God's Not Dead 3's $2.6 million.

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