Thursday, 19 July, 2018

'Pacific Rim' dethrones 'Black Panther' in box office

Courtesy of Legendary Courtesy of Legendary
Melody Ballard | 28 March, 2018, 01:10

The sci-fi sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, took over the top slot at the box office by earning an estimated $28-million on its debut weekend. Supplanting it at the top spot was Pacific Rim: Uprising, which opened to a just-OK $28 million on 3,708 screens. 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. 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.

Isle of Dogs was one of the weekend's few success stories as it grossed an estimated $1.57 million for a screen average of $58,148 - the best any one can remember for a specialty film opening in more than 25 cinemas.

Wakanda still rules with more than $630 million in domestic box office receipts, more than $1.2 billion worldwide and the title of the most tweeted about film of all time.

The results were also modest for Steven Soderbergh's "Unsane", a psychological thriller starring Claire Foy ("The Crown") that the director shot with iPhones.

Meanwhile, Roadside Attraction and Lionsgate's faith-based I Can Only Imagine remains a force in its second weekend with US$13 million from 2,253 sites.

Thanks to an impressive box office reign, it is also the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots. It's now the highest-grossing superhero film ever in North America, not accounting for inflation. With the rate it's going, Black Panther is aiming for around $660 million domestically which would make it the #3 all-time North American grosser.

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Paramount Pictures released Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to the Disney animated hit Gnomeo and Juliet, but it disappointed with its est. The film will open wide in the coming weeks. The film's two-week domestic total now sits at just above $38M.

Unfortunately for Sherlock Gnomes, it doesn't seem likely to have the staying power that allowed The Star to quadruple its opening weekend.

The second weekend of Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider landed US$10 million from 3,854 locations, bringing its grosses up to US$41 million, while the second weekend of Love, Simon took in US$7 million with US$23 million to date. "Black Panther", $16.7 million ($12.9 million international). 3. The "I Can Only Imagine" cumulative mark now stands at $38.3 million.

A Wrinkle in Time is slipping away, down another 51% for $8 million in its third weekend.

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