The holiday weekend was good to Steven Spielberg as his Ready Player One became the director's largest opening weekend in a decade.
With an estimated haul of $41.2 million from Friday to Sunday, Ready Player One gave Spielberg a much-needed box office boost, after recent exports The Post and The BFG failed to land with audiences, despite critical praise. The last time Spielberg had a larger opening, it was for the last Indiana Jones epic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
While the action/adventure film was able to fight off continued support for Marvel's Black Panther, it will go head-to-head with Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, next week, plus horror film A Quiet Place.
Other new releases included Tyler Perry's Acrimony, which pulled in enough for a second place finish. Starring Taraji P. Henson, the flick earned an A- CinemaScore and a nice $17.1 million.
Holdovers from previous weeks continued to do well, with Black Panther taking in $11.2 million to secure a third place finish and I Can Only Imagine expanding and earning $10.75 million for a fourth place finish.
Black Panther's incredible box office success has it in line to top domestic grosses for Jurassic World and Titanic to become the third largest domestic film of all time.
For smaller releases, Isle of Dogs continued to perform well at the specialty box office, taking in $2.8 million. God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness underperformed, taking in only $2.6 million.
(Bold signifies a new release.)
1. Ready Player One - $41.2 million
2. Tyler Perry's Acrimony - $17.1 million
3. Black Panther - $11.2 million
4. I Can Only Imagine - $10.75 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 - $4.6 million
10. Paul, Apostle of Christ - $3.5 million