Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. Easter weekend gets a Spielberg film, and two vastly different other wide releases.
The big opener for Easter weekend at the movies is Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel Ready Player One. The film, which is sort of the video game equivalent of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (something they’ve hyped in the marketing), looks like it’s taking some serious liberties with the source material from the novel and making use of every intellectual property in the WB archive. Ratings for the film are all over the map, but it’s trending downward on RT having fallen seven points since yesterday to 79% at time of writing.
Not being screened for critics were the other two wide releases for the week (sing with me: NEVER A GOOOOOOD SIIIIIIGN….sorry, practicing for choir this weekend). The third wide release Christian film in as many weeks: God’s Not Dead 3 will look to duplicate the huge (relatively) success of I Can Only Imagine, which is out-grossing Tomb Raider (whoulda thunk?). The box office maven and most prolific filmmaker alive-Tyler Perry-is back with a Tyler Perry presents in his film of “women scorned” pictures in Tyler Perry’s Acrimony. Yes there’s a Madea scheduled for later this year. It’s going to make money. The man has a Scrooge McDuckesque money vault at this point.
God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness (Shane Harper, PG, 1hr 46min)
Ready Player One (Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, PG-13, 2hr 20min)
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, R, 2hrs)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Black Panther to fall out of the box office top spot for the first time since it opened in mid-February. Pacific Rim: Uprising had a much better overseas opening than a domestic bow, but it was still enough to dethrone Panther $28.1 to $17.1 million.
Black Panther continued to make box office history even out of first place. The film is now the highest grossing superhero film of all-time in the US, having passed both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Avengers to reach #5 all-time at the domestic box office. It has made, thus far, $635.634 million domestically and $1.243 billion globally. The film has had incredible staying power, but can it get the $17 million it would need to pass #4 Jurassic World or the $24 million for #3 Titanic? We shall see. At this point, you can’t say it’s impossible. Internationally, it is now up to #12 with three other Disney films standing between it and the the global Top 10.
(2018 Prediction Record: 12-0; Lifetime prediction record 97-10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Ready Player One isn’t going to have a the kind of blockbuster Spielberg opening he had in his heyday, but the film should easily knock off Pacific Rim: Uprising, and blow away the other openers to give the veteran director a box office win.