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. I thought that Black Panther would have beaten Pacific Rim: Uprising but Black Panther's money-making power has diminished after six weeks in United States theaters. 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.
Pacific Rim Uprising sees Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) directing a cast that includes John Boyega (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Adria Arjona (True Detective), Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad), Cailee Spaeny (Counting to 1,000), Levi Meaden (Aftermath), Karan Brar (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Nick Tarabay (Spartacus), Zhang Jin (Ip Man 3), Mackenyu (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) and Jing Tian (Police Story: Lockdown), while Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman reprise their roles from the first film. The film registered a B CinemaScore, well below the A- for the first film. In fact its strong push kind of distracts us from the film's own unabated mission at the box office.
The sequel apparently a few people were looking forward to, Pacific Rim Uprising, snatched the top spot this weekend with an estimated $28M from 3,708 theaters for a per screen average of $7,552. "Black Panther" dropped into second place with earnings of $17.1 million. The movie has become the highest-grossing superhero movie in the US, not adjusted for inflation.
Among the flurry of new offerings on the marquee, MGM and Paramount's new animated family film Sherlock Gnomes opened to a disappointing $10.6 million from 3,662 theaters.
Per studio estimates, "Pacific Rim Uprising" will close the weekend with $28.0 million in receipts. 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.
The reboot "Tomb Raider" took fifth place with $10.1 million. It brought in $16.7 million and has now reached $630 million domestically.
A scene from "Black Panther". "I Can Only Imagine", $13.8 million. 4. It isn't doing much better overseas with another $2.3 million and just $14.1 million total in just 31% of worldwide territories. Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time added $8 million to lift its three-week total to $73.9 million. Fellow faith-based release Paul, Apostle of Christ lagged far behind at spot number eight, earning $5 million in its first weekend.