Pacific Rim: Uprising topples Black Panther at United States box office


Black Panther nudged past The Avengers to earn the $1 spot on the domestic superhero film chart on the same weekend it finally gave up the top spot at the box office.

"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.

The month's figures have also been significantly boosted by carryover revenue from February's Black Panther, which has generated in $200 million this month alone and since become the highest grossing superhero film in history.

After five weekends as the reigning box office champion, Black Panther slipped into second place over its sixth weekend in theaters.

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Pacific Rim Uprising opened in 61 worldwide markets this weekend, including major markets such as Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, U.K., France, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Italy and Spain, where the film earned $57.5 million. 'Pacific Rim, ' that's a fine opening. Though both were inexpensively made, neither of Soderbergh's first two films following his brief retirement from Hollywood has made much of a dent at the box office. That movie also didn't open spectacularly ($37.2 million), and by the end of its run only pulled in a little over $100 million. Worldwide, the movie is now up to $1.237 billion, allowing Black Panther to pass Iron Man 3 and The Fate of the Furious to become the No. 12 release of all time. In foreign territories, where the original "Pacific Rim" was more popular than in the USA, the sequel is expected to collect around $122.5 million this weekend, with $65 million coming from China market. Other films in their opening week include Sherlock Gnomes with $10.6 million, Paul, Apostle of Christ with $5 Million and Midnight Sun raking in $4.1 million. Rounding out the Top 5, it dropped 56% in attendance to $10.6 million.

The domestic horror film tells the story of seven young people teaming up to experience an abandoned former psychiatric hospital near Seoul, which CNN called one of the freakiest places in the world. "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.

Last weekend's surprise star 'I Can Only Imagine' retained its #3 spot thanks to a light 19% drop in attendance. It has now taken in $38.3 million from just a $7 million budget. Debuting in limited release was Fox Searchlight's Isle of Dogs, which earned $1.5 million from 27 theaters for an impressive $58,148 per-screen average, Final Portrait which earned $28,214 from three theaters for a $9,405 per-screen average and Getting Grace which took in $107,676 from 60 theaters for a dismal $1,795 per-screen average.

However, considering it's the film's opening week, there is still a chance to recoup that production cost.

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