Pacific Rim Sequel Manages to Dethrone Black Panther

Pacific Rim Sequel Manages to Dethrone Black Panther

Pacific Rim Sequel Manages to Dethrone Black Panther

"Pacific Rim Uprising", shot mostly in China and Australia, cost $155 million to make, not including marketing. In foreign territories, where the original "Pacific Rim" was more popular than in the US, the sequel is expected to collect around $122.5 million this weekend, with $65 million coming from China market. Hollywood Reporter reports that Pacific Rim Uprising debuted to $122.5 million overseas including $65 million in China putting the film's global haul as $150.5 million. However, clinching the number one spot at the box office is not enough to consider Pacific Rim: Uprising a success.

The sequel is set 10 years after the Battle of the Breach with a new generation of Jaeger pilots ready to combat the evolving Kaiju monsters and prevent humanity's extinction.

Pacific Rim: Uprising has received more mixed critical reactions than its predecessor. The film stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) from the original movie, along with returning stars Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman, and series newcomers Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, and Zhang Jin.

Meanwhile, Black Panther settled for #2 with a still-great $16.7 million sixth weekend. Few of them realized that Marvel Studios' Black Panther would prove so dominant after its first two February weekends either.

The Marvel smash hit, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, has earned $631 million in the United States and Canada - overtaking "The Avengers" (2012) as the highest-grossing superhero film in USA history.

LOS ANGELES-Smash-'em up blockbuster "Pacific Rim: Uprising" sent shockwaves through the North American box office this weekend, claiming the top spot with takings of $28 million, industry estimates showed other day.

"Rim 2" will likely follow in the footsteps of the first film, which did OK domestically ($100 million) but made coin overseas - particularly in Asia, where they love giant robots and monsters knocking the shite out of each other on screen.

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We now know which movie earns the distinction of ending the streak of "Black Panther" as No. 1 at the box office. The top 10 is rounded out by A Wrinkle in Time ($8 million), Love, Simon ($7.8 million), Paul, Apostle of Christ ($5 million), Game Night ($4.16 million) and Midnight Sun ($4.11 million).

Also new to theaters in wide release was Sherlock Gnomes, which earned a mediocre $10.6 million; its predecessor, Gnomeo and Juliet, opened to $25.3 million in 2011. "Sherlock Gnomes" was directed by John Stevenson, the animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Stephen Merchant, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mary J. Blige.

Falling from second last week to fifth this time around was "Tomb Raider", a Warner Bros. adventure reboot starring Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as the fearless and ferocious Lara Croft.

Midnight Sun, a teen romantic drama, opened 10th for Global Road with an estimated $4.1-M from 2,173 locations.

Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Unsane sees Claire Foy as a troubled woman stalked by her ex. Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving round out the cast.

And in limited release, Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated "Isle of Dogs" got off to a healthy start with $1.6 million in 27 theatres.

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