Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One pulls in $3.9m on first weekend

The latest fantasy film from Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One, took $3.9m at the Australian box office over the Easter weekend, overtaking animated comedy Peter Rabbit.

Starring Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke and Tye Sheridan, the film is based on Ernest Cline’s novel and is set in 2045, where the world is on the verge of collapsing. However, its people have found salvation in a virtual reality universe.

It aired across 480 screens over the long weekend.

Meanwhile, Sony’s Peter Rabbit added almost $4m to its total earnings over the weekend, with The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia reporting its total sits at $8.796m.

On its first weekend, the film earned $3.642m. 

New comedy Blockers, which stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and wrestler John Cena, collected more earnings than Love, Simon. Both films entered the Australian box office for the first time over the weekend.

Blockers is based on the lives of three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom.

Meanwhile, Love, Simon, which features Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner and Katherine Langford is the story of a young gay men, who falls in love with his classmate online.

The films made $2.622m and $1.192m respectively.

Pacific Rim: Uprising collected an additional $1.063m over the weekend, bringing the movie’s total earnings to $4.4m.

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine made just $846,802 on its opening weekend.

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of a young girl and her brother who endeavour a journey to a new dangerous planet – the place where their father was lost five years ago.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Ready Player One (Roadshow) $3,933,527 480 $3,933,527
Peter Rabbit (Sony) $3,909,398 404 $8,796,002
Blockers (Universal) $2,622,524 385 $3,761,580
Love, Simon (Fox) $1,192,714 218 $1,749,255
Pacific Rim: Uprising (Universal) $1,063,913 276 $4,401,579
Wrinkle In Time, A (Disney) $846,802 314 $976,294
Black Panther (Disney) $824,504 218 $38,696,750
Tomb Raider (Wb) $542,864 272 $5,854,606
The Death Of Stalin (Madman) $439,953 61 $655,322
Red Sparrow (Fox) $330,320 128 $9,376,243
Paul Apostle Of Christ (Sony) $196,540 45 $211,691
The Greatest Showman (Fox) $151,773 109 $33,461,284
Game Night (Wb) $147,894 80 $7,087,712
Early Man (Studiocanal) $134,460 188 $167,131
Sajjan Singh Rangroot (Forum Films) $128,482 14 $467,290
Finding Your Feet (Eone) $119,594 98 $5,032,850
The Other Side Of Hope (Palace) $101,229 20 $311,377
Mary Magdalene (Transmission) $92,780 97 $393,326
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox) $78,325 59 $11,667,721
I Can Only Imagine (Crossroads) $71,233 42 $623,682

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