'Pacific Rim Uprising' tops the North American box office with $28M

Weekend Box Office: 'Pacific Rim 2' Cuts Down 'Black Panther'

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.

According to Variety, director Steven S. DeKnight's followup to Guillermo del Toro's mecha extravaganza earned a modest $28 million during its debut, but the national total pales in comparison to the film's worldwide draw. It went on to earn a sizable $309.2 million overseas all-in (China's contribution was $111.9 million).

All things considered, Black Panther still managed a respectable $17 Million domestically on the weekend, bringing its total to $631 million in the U.S alone.

Bigger news is the fact that the top grossing superhero movie in North America has now changed. The superhero film has now made more than $690 million domestically.

That means "Black Panther" is the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time in the USA and the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever at the domestic box office. 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. Next weekend should see another seismic box-office shakeup as Steven Spielberg's science-fiction action adventure Ready Player One arrives.

Black Panther pulled in another US$16 million, good for second place. Game Night fell from sixth place last week to ninth this weekend, earning $4.2 million, to give it a five-week total of $60.8 million. "We need a real shot in the arm here". It is a sequel to the 2013 hit "Pacific Rim". "But we need bigger numbers to be put up".

The $411 million worldwide haul for del Toro's film was enough to prompt a sequel, even if enthusiasm for a second installment was considerably higher in Asia. It scored a 46 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. "Tomb Raider" was directed by Roar Uthaug, the film stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, and Walton Goggins. 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.

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. "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. Bleecker Street and Soderbergh's Fingerprint Releasing are handling the movie, which reportedly cost a mere $1.5 million to make.

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 Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions release grossed $13.8 million, bringing its two-week total to $38.5 million. Impressively, around the globe, the film has amassed over $1.2 billion. Fox Searchlight, coming off its best-picture win at the Academy Awards for "The Shape of Water", carefully selected the opening-weekend theatres to cater to Anderson's die-hard fans.

Set in a dystopian futuristic Japan, dogs have been quarantined on a remote island due to a canine flu. It received a B CinemaScore. "It's pretty much Wes". But it has also sparked questions of cultural appropriation.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.



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