“Ready Player One” Becomes Spielberg’s Biggest Hit In Years

By Creative Media Times

Warner Bros. Pictures

With $300 million global box-office haul after a week in release, the nostalgia-fueled “Ready Player One” becomes one of director Steven Spielberg’s biggest hit in many years.

By the end of this weekend, the film could potentially surpass the lifetime gross of 2011’s “The Adventures of Tintin” ($374 million) thereby becoming the Academy Award winning director’s biggest hit since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, released in summer of 2008.

The virtual reality sci-fi adventure is doing gangbuster business particularly in China, where it has so far made $143 million, as reported by Hollywood Reporter. This makes Ready Player One the biggest Warner Bros. release in the Middle Kingdom after merely a week in release. The film opens in Germany this weekend and the following weekend on April 20 in Japan.

Domestically, the feature adaptation of the eponymous Ernest Cline novel topped the boxoffice over the Easter weekend. It is expected to drop behind “A Quiet Place”, the critically acclaimed horror thriller from John Krasinski, which is poised to take the lead this weekend.

“Ready Player One” follows protagonist Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) as he enters the virtual-reality world of OASIS in search of an Easter egg, the discovery of which will lead to the game creator’s fortunes. The film co-stars Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.