WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ready Player One tops the chart with 41.2MM over the holiday weekend (51.2MM since Wed) against a 175MM budget. Worldwide totals for Spielberg are 181.2MM, but figure the marketing and other P & A costs mean it likely has to clear 300-325MM as a rough guess to make a profit. It will get a little help from the weakish calendar of releases (outside maybe Rampage) until Infinity War arrives in a few weekends. Tyler Perry's Acrimony places with 17.1MM against a reported 20MM budget, his best non-Madea openining in years. Black Panther shows with 11.3MM and its total will likely pass Titanic by week's end. I Can Only Imagine takes the fourth slot with 10.8MM on a leggy 21 percent drop (and 55.6MM against a 7MM budget). Pacific Rim: Uprising, last weekend's champ, skids 67 percent to gross 9.2MM -- a viction of Spielberg (tho this sequel was always a play for Asan markets).
STEVEN BOCHCO, the strong-willed writer and producer who brought gritty realism and sprawling ensemble casts to the small screen with such iconic series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and NYPD Blue, died Sunday morning. He was 74.
LIKE SCHWARZENEGGER, I'll be back tomorrow.