– by Joseph Jammer Medina

NOTE: In the above podcast, I erroneously say $52 million, when I mean $53 million.

This weekend saw the wide release of Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster, Ready Player One, and Tyler Perry’s Acrimony.

In the No. 1 spot, unsurprisingly, is Ready Player One. The film has faced a bit of an up and down of buzz over the course of the past couple months, and it’s all culminated in a solid $53 million four-day opening. While only $41.2 million was taken in over the course of the traditional three-day weekend, it’s about on par with expectations, especially considering how low it was projected to make at the beginning of March. Give its huge $175 million budget, it’s difficult to say whether or not this is a good or bad thing, but its worldwide haul of $181.2 million so far is a nice padding. With no other big movies coming out for a couple weeks, it has at least that time to continue gaining steam with audiences (even more if Rampage fails to meet expectations). What’s more, it has a CinemaScore of A-, meaning that it may have good word of mouth, and by extension, longer legs at the box office.

In No. 2 is Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. The oddly-named thriller is the latest from Tyler Perry (you know, as the title indicates), and while it only made $17.1 million in its opening weekend, I’d say that’s a pretty solid success considering its competition. With its budget of $20M, and the likelihood that they spent very little on the marketing (have you seen marketing anywhere?), it’ll likely make a fistful of cash by the time its run is up. The stakes on these movies are so small that they’re usually able to come out on top.

In third place is Black Panther, still holding strong with $11.3 million, which has it beating Pacific Rim Uprising in its second weekend. As of this writing, the film is sitting at $1.27Bn worldwide, and it looks like it may peter out around $1.3Bn when all said and done.

Below are the three-day weekend numbers (hence the slight differences from above).

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 01, are below.

Ready Player One – Warner Bros. – $41.2M
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – Lionsgate – $17.1M
Black Panther – Disney – $11.3M
I Can Only Imagine – Roadside Attractions – $10.8M
Pacific Rim Uprising – Universal – $9.2M
Sherlock Gnomes – Paramount – $7.0M
Love, Simon – 20th Century Fox – $4.8M
Tomb Raider – Warner Bros. – $4.7M
Wrinkle in Time, A – Disney – $4.7M
Paul, Apostle of Christ – Sony – $3.5M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 01, are below.

Ready Player One – Warner Bros. – $169.2M
Pacific Rim Uprising – Multiple – $40.6M
Peter Rabbit – Sony – $34.1M
Black Panther – Disney – $18.9M
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – Lionsgate – $17.1M
Tomb Raider – Warner Bros. – $16.7M
Baaghi 2 – Multiple – $15.8M
I Can Only Imagine – Multiple – $10.9M
Sherlock Gnomes – Paramount – $9.5M
Wrinkle In Time, A – Disney – $9.5M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.