Armada is a 2018 American animated science fiction action film produced by TjsWorld2011 Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies for Paramount Pictures. The fourteenth feature film from TW2011 Pictures, it is loosely based on the 2015 novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, and was co-written and directed by TjsWorld2011 and co-written and produced by Ntpockets. The film follows Zack Lightman (Michael Kastek), an avid player of the popular air combat simulator Armada who must help the Earth Defense Alliance (EDA) defend the planet from an alien invasion after he discovers the game is in fact training for the impending event.
Armada was released on June 29, 2018 in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its animation and approach to the original storyline of the book, and grossed over $205.3 million worldwide against its $33 million budget.
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- A teaser trailer was released on November 3, 2017, and was attached to films such as Thor: Ragnarok, Murder on the Orient Express, Daddy's Home 2, and Justice League.
- The first theatrical trailer was released on January 12, 2018, and was attached to films such as Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Mary and the Witch's Flower, and Black Panther.
- The second theatrical trailer was released on March 16, 2018, and was attached to films such as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Tomb Raider, and Sherlock Gnomes.
In the United States and Canada, Armada was released alongside Uncle Drew and Sicario: Day of the Soldado, and was projected to gross $30–35 million from 4,042 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $4 million from Thursday night previews, leading analysts to predict it would outperform its low $20 million projections. After making $29.8 million on its first day, weekend estimates were raised to $60 million. It went on to debut to $65.2 million, topping the box office that weekend. It made $31.5 million in its second weekend and $18 million in its third.
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