Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

'Pacific Rim Uprising' conquers 'Black Panther' at weekend box office

'Pacific Rim Uprising' conquers 'Black Panther' at weekend box office

The sci-fi sequel had a softer opening than 2013's "Pacific Rim", which opened with $37 million in July of that year. Like the recently released "Tomb Raider", its biggest business was in China.

Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim Uprising features John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, Scott Eastwood as Nate Lambert, Cailee Spaeny as Amara Namani, Jing Tian as Liwen Shao, Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler and Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb. Legendary and Universal okayed the sequel prior to Legendary getting new leadership and a fresh infusion of funding.

Turns out, all that's needed to dethrone "Black Panther" from the top of the domestic box office is some robots, a few monsters and a motivational speech by John Boyega.

That's not the only milestone the weekend brought. Again, that's domestic; worldwide, Black Panther is still sitting at $1.23 billion against The Avengers' $1.51 billion. And it's the No. 12 pic of all time. Cry not for the highest grossing Marvel production, folks, as it now has a running total of $631 million.

In at fourth place with $10.6 million was Paramount's newly-released "Sherlock Gnomes", a sequel to 2011's "Gnomeo and Juliet".

MGM and Warner Bros.

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. The film, which fell 56 percent domestically, continued to make up ground internationally, earning another $34.1 million offshore for a foreign total of $170 million and global haul of $211.7 million.

Coming in at spot number three was faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine (weekend gross $13.8 million, total gross $38.3 million), which dropped less than 20% from its debut last weekend. From 2,023 locations, its per-screen average ($1,907) was nearly identical to "Midnight Sun". The film stars Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Rob Riggle, and follows a teenage girl with the disease xeroderma pigmentosum that prevents her from going out into sunlight.

Steven Soderbergh's new iPhone-shot thriller 'Unsane' debuted one slot outside the Top 10. Juno Temple, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving co-star. The reason why we got a sequel is because the worldwide market absolutely fell in love with the Gullermo del Toro creation, and brought the global grosses up over $400 million.

Rounding out the weekend, Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs opened with US$1.5 million in limited release, with a screen average of over US$58 thousand in 27 theaters.

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