'Ready Player One' Suits Up to Blast Away International Competition

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'Ready Player One' Suits Up to Blast Away International Competition


Kay, Jeremy, Screen International


Tomb Raider crosses $200m milestone; Paramount’s A Quiet Place gets wide launch.

‘Ready Player One’

Last weekend’s global box office champion Ready Player One from Amblin Entertainment will soar past the $200m mark this weekend.

Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure based on Ernest Cline’s beloved pop culture mash-up has raced to an early $169.9m through Warner Bros Pictures International and remains the Hollywood tentpole to beat outside North America.

Ready Player One has grossed more than $234m worldwide and arrives in the key market of Germany this weekend, which should play a key role in propelling the international running total past the $200m milestone.

Speaking of which, MGM and Warner Bros’ Tomb Raider reboot has crossed $200m and stands at $200.9m, performing far better internationally than in North America where the running total stands at $50.7m after three weekends. Warner Bros’ crime caper Game Night on $37.1m ventures into Mexico.

Hollywood’s only wide international roll-out this weekend brings John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place to 40 markets via Paramount Pictures International day-and-date with North America including the UK, Australia, and Latin America.

Krasinski stars alongside his wife Emily Blunt in the acclaimed SXSW opener about an alien invasion that sends a family on the run from a lethal species that hunts what it can hear. Paramount’s family release Sherlock Gnomes stands at $9.1m.

Pacific Rim: Uprising should cross $200m this weekend. The sci-fi action sequel has grossed $102.7m through Universal Pictures International and stands at more than $190m including the China release via Legendary East. It debuts in Portugal and Hungary.

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix Biblical drama Mary Magdalene on $9m opens in Russia and the Catholic market of Poland, while the R-rated comedy and recent SXSW entry Blockers on $6. …

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