'Pacific Rim Uprising' dethrones 'Black Panther' at the box office

Posted March 28, 2018

Black Panther's weekly dominance at the box office was put to an end by Pacific Rim: Uprising, which opened at $28 million.

At the top, Universal and Legendary's Pacific Rim Uprising delivered an estimated $28 million three-day opening from 3,708 locations. Pacific Rim Uprising is itself a giant production, with $150 Million invested.

Black Panther pulled in another US$16 million, good for second place.

The original Pacific Rim grossed just over $100 million domestically and it seems that this film will probably have a gross just under $100 million. Black Panther has earned $1.2 billion worldwide according to Digital Spy.

"Black Panther", moreover, takes #5 on the overall leaderboard.

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One drops next week, so eyes will be on the great directors latest big-budget opus, based on the popular novel.

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Hollywood has essentially already squandered the early lead "Black Panther" gave it.

"One movie isn't enough to support a whole marketplace", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore.

John Boyega and Scott Eastman in 'Pacific Rim Uprising'.

Steven S. DeKnight co-wrote and directed Pacific Rim Uprising with a reported US$150 million budget. It scored a 46 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sales have been brisker overseas, where "Tomb Raider" has grossed $170 million thus far.

The animated film "Sherlock Gnomes" opened with $10.6 million for fourth place. The film was also directed by Stephen S. DeKnight. The film added $13.8 million to its haul, which trails last weekend's debut mark by a mere 19%.

Speaking of which, Uprising brought in an estimated $122.5 million internationally this weekend, including a $65 million debut in China, ~$20 million more than the first film's opening weekend in the market before it went on to gross over $111 million.

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But there were also bright spots. I don't see this film remaining in the top five after this weekend. 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.

Set in a dystopian futuristic Japan, dogs have been quarantined on a remote island due to a canine flu. The film registered a B CinemaScore, well below the A- for the first film. But it has also sparked questions of cultural appropriation. The R-rated ensemble comedy now stands at $60.8 million domestically and $94.8 million worldwide.

Unfortunately for Sherlock Gnomes, it doesn't seem likely to have the staying power that allowed The Star to quadruple its opening weekend. Korea took in $6.9 million in 429 locations followed closely by Russian Federation.

A Wrinkle in Time is slipping away, down another 51% for $8 million in its third weekend. It has now taken in $38.3 million from just a $7 million budget.

Midnight Sun managed to come in ahead of Steven Soderbergh's Unsane, a new psychological horror-thriller starring The Crown's Claire Foy and shot with an iPhone 7. "Game Night", $4.2 million. 10.

Young adult romantic drama Midnight Sun stars Bella Thorne as a teen who has been sheltered at home since childhood due to a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. "Tomb Raider", $34.1 million. 3. That's huge for a microbudgeted film at $7 million.

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