Pacific Rim: Uprising topples Black Panther at USA box office

Kelvin Reese
March 27, 2018

It went on to earn a sizable $309.2 million overseas all-in (China's contribution was $111.9 million).

MGM and Warner Bros.' Tomb Raider rounded out the Top 5 domestically with $10.4-M for a 10-day North American total of $41.7-M, plus earning another $34.1-M offshore for a foreign total of $170-M and a global box office of $211.7-M.

Although Black Panther finally lost its top box office spot this weekend, it did reach another impressive milestone - beating out The Avengers to become the highest-grossing superhero flick at the US box office of all time.

Faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine (LGF.A, LGF.B) had strong legs in holding on to the No. 3 spot with $13.6M, followed by newcomer Sherlock Gnomes (VIA, VIAB) with $10.6M. Black Panther's run is still far from over, but it's reign at the top has come to a close.

Coming up we have the sequel God's Not Dead: A Light In Darkness, and Tyler Perry's Acrimony - but the big new release this week is definitely Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One.

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Hollywood has essentially already squandered the early lead "Black Panther" gave it.

Despite falling to second place, Black Panther still brought in $16.1 million to raise its domestic six-week total over $630 million. This weekend was down 36.5 per cent from a year ago when "Beauty and the Beast" was in its second week and the surprisingly successful "Power Rangers" debuted. "We need a real shot in the arm here". There's something for everyone this week, including the sci-fi world of "Pacific Rim", and the colorful animated-comedy "Sherlock Gnomes". "But we need bigger numbers to be put up". The July 2013 original, directed by Guillermo del Toro, was likewise conceived as an East-West hybrid tailored after classic kaiju movies, the Japanese giant monster genre. The film was written by Stephen S. DeKnight and Emily Carmichael. The original holds a "fresh" Rotten Tomatoes score of 71 percent. "Tomb Raider" was directed by Roar Uthaug, the film stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, and Walton Goggins. Domestically, it dropped steeply in its second week, sliding 56 per cent with $10.4 million. Cry not for the highest grossing Marvel production, folks, as it now has a running total of $631 million. The film presents itself as a main event push for its star John Boyega. The Bleecker Street-Fingerprint Releasing film opened with $3.9 million in 2,023 theatres.

The film did not do as well as its predecessor at the domestic box office.

But there were also bright spots.

Following I Can Only Imagine's success, biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ opened in line with estimates with US$5 million at 1,473 sites over Palm Sunday weekend. The movie was given a $150 million budget by the teams at Legendary Pictures and Universal, and $28 million can't be the number they were hoping to see after three days. It made $1.5 million from 27 screens, averaging out to an impressive $58,148 per location. The film's two-week domestic total now sits at just above $38M. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" grossed $175 million worldwide in 2014.

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