'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Stronger Overseas, Opens to $150 Million Worldwide

Courtesy of Legendary

Courtesy of Legendary

There's a new conqueror on North American box office.

Anyway as reported by BoxOfficePro, Pacific Rim Uprising took the top spot this weekend in North America earning an estimated $28 million over its first three days.

After five weekends on top, Marvel's Black Panther was dethroned by Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising which was the only of the new wide releases to do well. The original Pacific Rim followed a similar pattern when it opened in 2013, underperforming in the United States and North America while delivering a large enough global box office take to justify a sequel. Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny.

It was an uprising at the box office.

Save for "Pacific Rim Uprising" (and perhaps "Paul" due to the lower-profile nature of its release), the newcomers all rank as disappointing performers. "Black Panther" dropped into second place with earnings of $16.7 million. The movie has become the highest-grossing superhero movie in the US, not adjusted for inflation.

"Sherlock Gnomes", Paramount's chipper computer-animated comedy about a garden doll version of the Arthur Conan Doyle detective, made $10.6 million - a steep decline compared with its predecessor, "Gnomeo & Juliet", which made $25.3 million upon its opening in 2011.

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Pacific Rim 2, set mostly in China is bigger player overseas, where the $150-M film debuted to $122.5-M. The performance is nearly spot on with Edge of Tomorrow, which was one of our pre-weekend comparisons and went on to gross just over $100 million domestically, a number the studio would likely be more than happy with as it would only be ~$2 million shy of the first film's domestic performance.

In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N'Jadaka/Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. That includes $65 million from its opening in China, bringing its worldwide box office total to $150 million.

Fifth place went to the video-game movie "Tomb Raider", which took in $10.4 million in its second weekend in theaters. Speaking of films with much higher expectations, Disney's A Wrinkle in Time fell 50% in its third weekend to an estimated $8M bringing its cume up to $73.8M.

Love, Simon was down a decent 34% in its second weekend with $7.8 million. "We know that audiences want to see it". "Sherlock Gnomes", $10.6 million. 5. The "I Can Only Imagine" cumulative mark now stands at $38.3 million.

Soderbergh's film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, as did Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which pranced into 27 theaters over the weekend.

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