Steven Spielberg’s new film Ready Player One has topped the box office over the weekend, grossing $181 million worldwide.
After premiering at SXSW on March 11, then being released theatrically on March 29, it is already the tenth highest-grossing film of 2018.
It earned $15.2 million on the first Friday of release, which was a 27% jump from the Thursday gross of $12.005 million.
The film received positive reviews from critics, with praise for its visuals and for being an improvement over the book of the same name. The few criticisms were directed at the lack of character development.
Ready Player One is a science fiction adventure film set in 2045, when much of humanity escapes the desolation of the real-world using reality software OASIS to engage in work and play. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the programme that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before indentured players working for the company, run by Nolan Sorrento (Mendelsohn), can do so.
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– Written by Amy Seaborn