Ready Player One pushes Steven Spielberg past $10bn box office milestone

Ready Player One pushes Steven Spielberg past $10bn box office milestone

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Ready Player One has helped make Steven Spielberg become the first director to gross a total of $10bn at the worldwide box office.

The latest blockbuster from the legendary filmmaker – adapted from the cult novel by Ernest Cline – has proved a hit with audiences across the globe, with takings of $474.8m (£333.1m) since it opened last month.

It is likely to overtake the $481.8m (£338.2m) earned by Saving Private Ryan, for which Spielberg won the Academy Award for best director, and become his sixth biggest cinema moneymaker of all time.

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Ready Player One came just over two months after the release of his political drama The Post, which has taken a more modest $174.4m (£122.4m) but was a big hit with critics – including Sky’s Adam Boulton.

With plenty of hits spanning multiple decades, Spielberg – whose next film is a fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones series – is way ahead of the next highest-grossing director, Peter Jackson, whose movies have totalled $6.5bn (£4.6bn).

He has had so many hits that some of his most iconic work, including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, does not even make it into his top 10 highest-grossing films.

So what does?

From Jurassic Park to Jaws – both of which soar well above $1bn worldwide if adjusted for inflation – Sky News has taken a look at the 71-year-old’s biggest box office successes.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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