|1.||Ready Player One||Warner Bros||$41,210,000|
|2.||Tyler Perry’s Acrimony||Lionsgate||$17,100,000|
|3.||Black Panther||Buena Vista||$11,263,000|
|4.||I Can Only Imagine||Roadside Attractions||$10,750,685|
|5.||Pacific Rim: Uprising||Universal||$9,205,000|
|8.||Tomb Raider||Warner Bros||$4,700,000|
|9.||A Wrinkle in Time||Buena Vista||$4,694,000|
|10.||Paul, Apostle of Christ||Sony||$3,500,000|
With little else vying for the spotlight, Steven Spielberg‘s newest sci fi/fantasy/adventure flick debuted with $41 million over the weekend. The film actually opened on Thursday, though, so its weekend had an extra day, bringing its four-day take to $53M. “Ready Player One” also opened internationally, earning an additional $128M from overseas markets for a first weekend total of $181M. It is the fifth highest opening for a film from Spielberg, although that is without adjusting for inflation.
Also debuting this weekend in second place was Tyler Perry‘s “Acrimony” with $17M. The thriller from Lionsgate stars Taraji P. Henson. It is not a particularly strong opening for a Tyler Perry movie, with the fourteenth highest out of eighteen. The film has not opened internationally. But a second place start is good news for Perry, considering his main competition came from three high budget action movies.
“Black Panther” slipped one spot into second place, but still dominates the headlines. Marvel’s most popular Avenger added another $11M, bringing its domestic take to $650M and its worldwide box office to $1.2 Billion. It now ranks 36th on the All-Time Domestic list when adjusted for inflation. Without adjustment, it is in 5th, and just $2M behind “Jurassic World.”
The Christian-themed film “I Can Only Imagine” held onto fourth place with “$10.7M. The film has earned $55M in the US—it is not playing overseas yet—and is the eleventh highest grossing Christian film. It is just $1.5M behind last year’s “The Shack.”
And last week’s top movie fell to fifth this week. “Pacific Rim: Uprising” earned $9.2M. This brings its US ticket sales to $45M. But it has performed considerably better internationally, earning $186M in foreign markets for a worldwide total of $231M.
There were no other debuts in the top ten. The animated “Sherlock Gnomes” moved down to sixth place with $7M. “Love, Simon” maintained seventh place with $4.8M. Action flick “Tomb Raider” left more than 1000 screens, but still earned $4.7M for eighth. Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” was just behind in ninth with $4.69M. In fact, only about $4000 separated the two. Another faith-based film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ” rounds out the ten with $3.5M.
Next week’s new releases include “Blockers,” “Chappaquiddick,” “The Miracle Season,” “You Were Never Really Here,” and “A Quiet Place.”