Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Debuts at No. 1 in the Box Office

'Black Panther' holds the No. 3 spot.

Steven Spielberg Ready Player One

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Steven Spielberg Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One topped the box office its debut weekend. The Warner Bros. production raked in $53 million over the four-day weekend from 4,324 locations, according to Variety.

The VR-centered sci-fi received early positive reviews. It currently has an A- CinemaScore and 76 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Internationally, the film snagged $128 million, making its worldwide debut a total of $181.2 million. The film is based on a novel by Ernest Cline and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and T.J. Miller. The film previously screened at SXSW and was met with praise.

Standing ovation for Spielberg after the #ReadyPlayerOne premiere. “That was probably the greatest anxiety attack I’ve ever had,” he said, alluding to the screening’s technical difficulties (truth is, it actually only made the crowd more excited) #SXSW

— bryn sandberg (@brynsandberg) March 12, 2018

Ready Player One is followed by Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, which made $17 million over the weekend.

Black Panther secured the No. 3 spot at the box office, making $11 million over the weekend. The Marvel hit also crossed the $650 million threshold in the North American box office. It’s now the fifth-highest release in the U.S. of all time, behind Jurassic World at $652 million and Titanic with $659 million.

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