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Box Office: ‘Ready Player One’ Scores $41M Opening

‘Isle of Dogs’ expands slightly and retains the top per-theater average, while ‘Black Panther’ hangs on in third place overall in its seventh weekend of release.

‘Ready Player One’ topped the box office its opening weekend with $41.2 million in domestic ticket sales.

Ready Player One set the high score at the box office its opening weekend, selling $41.2 million in tickets at domestic theaters, while Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs was again the strongest film on a per-theater basis as it expanded its release.

Combined with strong Thursday numbers, the most-recent film from director Steven Spielberg has racked up $53 million domestic and $128 million foreign for $181 million total. It’s the largest opening for a Spielberg-directed film since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.

Holding strong in third place is Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which continues to do extremely well with $11 million in domestic ticket sales in its seventh weekend of release. That brings its domestic cume to $651 million, which gives it a worldwide total of $1.28 billion.

Slipping to fifth place from first last weekend is Pacific Rim Uprising, with $9.2 million in domestic ticket sales its second weekend out of the gate. It’s now accumulated $45.7 million in domestic ticket sales and $186 million in foreign sales for $232 million worldwide.

The animated feature Sherlock Gnomes came at No. 6 for the weekend, earning $7 million domestic. That brings it to $22.8 million domestic and $8 million foreign for a $30.8 million total.

Isle of Dogs expanded from about 27 theaters to 165, selling $2.8 million in ticket sales. That gave it a $17,000 per theater average, almost double what Ready Player One did with an average of about $9,700 at more than 4,200 theaters. The film will expand again April 6 and peak with a wide national release scheduled for April 13.

And Sony’s Peter Rabbit celebrated the Easter holiday with slightly more than $2 million in domestic ticket sales. The hybrid animation and live-action feature has grossed $111 million domestic and $120 million foreign for a $230 million total.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.

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