Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is off and running at the box office.
After netting $3.8-Million worth of preview screenings, the science fiction epic scored a strong $12-Million opening yesterday here in North America. Should the film continue on its current path throughout the entirety of the four day Easter weekend, Ready Player One should finish off its opening weekend somewhere in the vicinity of a very healthy $58-Million.
In comparison, the top Spielberg-directed Friday to Sunday debuts are Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull with $100-Million in 2008, The Lost World: Jurassic Park with $75-Million in 1997, War Of The Worlds with $64.8-Million in 2005, Jurassic Park with $50-Million in 1993, and Minority Report with $35.6-Million back in 2002.
Of course, none of the above numbers have been adjusted for inflation, but regardless of this, Mr. Spielberg is still looking at one of his biggest debuts to date.
The film is set in 2045, where mankind frequents an elaborate virtual reality world called Oasis in an effort to escape the grim reality of the physical world around them. It is against this backdrop that a young man by the name of Wade Watts discovers clues to a game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the Oasis.
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance, the film was penned by Ernest Cline and Zak Penn and is directed by Steven Spielberg.
Will you be checking out Ready Player One over the long weekend?
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