Steven Spielberg’s big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One has now hit the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office.
Variety reports that much of the film’s cumulative gross has come from China. Through this, Ready Player One had an impressive $61 million opening and has become the 10th highest-grossing Warner Bros. film at the Chinese box office, raking in over $200 million.
As of the publishing of this article, Ready Player One has grossed $120.6 million at the U.S. box office. The film is also the sixth highest-grossing film in Spielberg’s expansive filmography in worldwide totals. The film is currently beneath the earnings by Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds.
Ready Player One looks to continue its successful box office run at the international box office, having opened in Japan this weekend as it completes its international rollout.
What do you think of the success of Ready Player One? Has Spielberg’s return to blockbuster filmmaking excited audiences worldwide to venture into the OASIS? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in film and TV.
Here’s the official synopsis to Ready Player One:
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Ready Player One hits theaters on March 29, 2018. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is based on the novel by Ernest Cline, who co-wrote the screenplay with Zak Penn, and it features a cast that includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Lena Waithe, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Susan Lynch, Ralph Ineson, McKenna Grace, Letitia Wright, and Philip Zhao.
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