Thursday, 26 April, 2018

'Pacific Rim: Uprising' dethrones 'Black Panther' at weekend box office

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Wallace Pearson | 28 March, 2018, 01:14

The original movie grossed $112 million total in China compared to its $102 million in North America, so Asia is once again driving the franchise.

T'Challa has finally been dethroned at the North American box office as Legendary Pictures' sci-fi action sequel Pacific Rim Uprising knocked Black Panther down to second place, taking top spot with $28 million domestically, and a worldwide opening weekend of $150.5 million.

Pacific Rim: Uprising earned $28 million in its domestic opening weekend. This is a decent opening but it did fall short of the $37.3 million opening of the original film back in 2013. "Pacific Rim 2" was directed by Steven S. DeKnight, the film features John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Day.

The new film received awful reviews and represents another box office flop for Paramount. However, Pacific Rim: Uprising is starting even slower than its predecessor domestically. The movie has become the highest-grossing superhero movie in the US, not adjusted for inflation. "Black Panther" was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. This is not terribly surprising since the first Pacific Rim did better in China than it did in the US but it remains to be seen how the movie will continue to fare both at home and overseas. The performance is nearly spot on with Edge of Tomorrow, which was one of our pre-weekend comparisons and went on to gross just over $100 million domestically, a number the studio would likely be more than happy with as it would only be ~$2 million shy of the first film's domestic performance.

The religious drama "I Can Only Imagine" remained in third-place this week, the film made another $13.8M while remaining in 2,253 locations. To date, Black Panther has made $1.23 Billion world-wide.

With the $16.7 million included, "Black Panther" boasts $630.9 million in total USA earnings. $5 million in 1,473 theaters or $3,394 per venue. Tomb Raider has grossed $211 million globally so far, so it's not a complete disaster, but I wouldn't expect a sequel any time soon. It should end its domestic run at $85 million and will need more global money to make back its $100 million budget. We'll have to see if business picks up for the upcoming Good Friday and Easter weekend.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular films of the weekend were "A Wrinkle in Time" ($8 million); "Love, Simon" ($7.8 million); "Paul, Apostle of Christ" ($5 million); "Game Night" ($4.1 million); and "Midnight Sun" ($4.1 million). The weekend's highest per-theatre average, meanwhile, belonged to Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which opened to $1.5 million on 27 screens for a PTA of $58,148. Midnight Sun opened in tenth place with $4.1 million and the new thriller Unsane finished in eleventh place with $2.8 million.

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