‘Ready Player One’ Racing To $400M WW; Scores $161M In China For WB Best International BO!!!

After beginning its quest in 62 markets last weekend, Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s Ready Player One maintained the high score at the international box office, grossing $81.7M to lead the chart this session. That sets the Steven Spielberg pic on track for $300M overseas and $400M global in the coming days. The total cumes through Sunday are $294.4M offshore with $391.3M worldwide.

Remarkable has been the play in China where this ode to VR and pop-culture has become the No. 1 Hollywood movie of 2018 with $161.3M through Sunday. It’s also far and away the top Warner Bros release ever. Propelled by fantastic Middle Kingdom reviews, the gaming culture and continued social media chatter — and juiced by the Tomb Sweeping holiday at the end of this week — RP1 dipped just 32% in the Friday-Sunday period compared to last frame’s opening. Chinese IMAX crowds have been especially eager to get to the OASIS with a virtual tie between weekends 1 & 2, and a new March record.
Also notable in China, Irrfan Khan-starrer Hindi Medium, a 2017 pic that released on Wednesday, came in No. 2 with an estimated $21.6M. The performance of the relatable social comedy/drama continues a growing boom for Indian titles in China.

Elsewhere, Paramount’s A Quiet Place, which announced itself at $50M+ domestically, also made noise in its offshore bow. In 40 markets, the John Krasinski-helmed horror title belted out a $21M opening. Comping in like-for-like markets, the full weekend gross is 79% above the debut of Get Out, 70% ahead of Don’t Breathe and on par with Split. Horror fans in Latin America gave the Krasinski/Emily Blunt-starrer strong starts while the UK was the biggest dollar debut at $3.6M. There are many majors to come throughout April and into the summer.

Meanwhile, the vocal stylings of Disney/Pixar’s Coco are bringing it closer to the $800M worldwide mark, now at $790.1M with continued play in Japan. Also in Japan, Fox/Chernin’s The Greatest Showman has topped $40M as the Hugh Jackman musical dances towards $250M international. But smoldering intensity won the day in Japan this weekend as Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle finally swung into its final market. The opening helped lift the worldwide cume on Sony’s smash to $950M.

Next weekend, Dwayne Johnson returns to wide international release with Warner Bros/New Line’s sci-fi monster actioner Rampage. The pic reteams the global box office star with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton and grabbed a China day-and-date release for April 13.

 

 

via Deadline

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