Box Office: March 30 – April 1, 2018

YOUR BOX OFFICE NUMBERS (from Box Office Mojo)

  1. Ready Player One
  2. Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
  3. Black Panther
  4. I Can Only Imagine
  5. Pacific Rim Uprising

I couldn’t find a wide-format poster for Ready Player One (opening in first) that wasn’t a ripoff of another, better poster; I also couldn’t find a wide-format poster for Tyler Perry’s Acrimony (opening in second) at ALL. The poster for God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (opening in twelfth, woo) had too much text on it, so here’s the poster for Baaghi 2, an Indian action thriller which opened at #21 on 123 screens. Yes, I know this has text on it too, but look at it. According to Wikipedia, Baaghi 2 “is a sequel to the 2016 film Baaghi and is a remake of 2016 Telugu[-language] movie Kshanam.” Kshanam was already remade last year as Sathya in Tamil; Baaghi 2 is in Hindi. Wikipedia’s summary of reviews is brutal, but I’m giving the poster five stars.

Ready Player One took in $41M on 4,200 screens and received generally good reviews from people who aren’t on the Avocado. Acrimony followed the usual Tyler Perry pattern of bad reviews and strong box office, opening to $17M at 2,000 theaters.

Black Panther beat I Can Only Imagine for third by about $500K. Pacific Rim Uprising, which opened last week at #1, fell 67% for a hard landing in fifth place. Isle of Dogs and Death of Stalin both continued their incremental rise, and are now 11th and 15th, respectively.

Peter Rabbit, now in its eighth weekend, enjoyed a modest 21% drop for Easter, and has now made $110M on a $50M budget. The Greatest Showman fell less than 1% this week as it picked up 286 theaters for whatever the digital equivalent of second-run is. For its fourth weekend, The Hurricane Heist played at 36 theaters and got 37th place, and has now made just over $6M on a $35M budget. Luckless producer Entertainment Studios will debut its next feature, Chappaquiddick, this weekend.

Opening two spots higher was Gemini, a mystery-thriller, in four locations. In very slightly wider release was Finding Your Feet, a romantic comedy-drama, #28 on 14 screens.