The Weekend Box-Office Top 5:

  1. Ready Player One - $41.2 million
  2. Tyler Perry's Acrimony - $17.1 million
  3. Black Panther - $11.3 million
  4. I Can Only Imagine - $10.8 million
  5. Pacific Rim Uprising - $9.2 million

Steven Spielberg, who has not directed a blockbuster since Lincoln in 2012, seems well on his way with the virtual reality action adventure Ready Player One. It topped the weekend box office with more than $41 million in ticket sales -- his biggest opening weekend in a decade.

Tyler Perry got a solid result from his latest, Acrimony, which grossed more than $17 million, in the ballpark of his last picture, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Star Taraji P. Henson should feel good about returning from the disappointment of her previous film, Proud Mary.

Dropping one spot to third place, Black Panther added another $11.3 million to its coffers, pushing its domestic total over $650 million and leaves it with a solid cushion as the biggest-grossing film of the last 12 months. (Star Wars: The Last Jedi is number-two, with $620 million.)

The two other holdovers from last week's Top 5 are I Can Only Imagine, at four down from three, and Pacific Rim Uprising, which saw its weekend gross drop by two-thirds. That sank it from number-one to number-five.

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