"Pacific Rim" monsters dethrone "Black Panther" superhero at box office

39;Pacific Rim Uprising' Dethrones 'Black Panther'

Pacific Rim Uprising, the bombastic sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 action film, grossed US$28 million (S$37 million) domestically in its first weekend.

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.

Nevertheless, the revenue makes grim viewing for the industry compared with 2017, wherein the same period the industry grossed $997.3 million and $1.2 billion through the entire month, driven by successes such as Beauty and the Beast, Logan, and The Boss Baby, the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Time will tell of Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures feel like Pacific Rim: Uprising's box office is enough to justify another film in the series.

I would also be remiss if I didn't use this platform to recognize the most recent awesome achievement made by Black Panther this weekend. There's something for everyone this week, including the sci-fi world of "Pacific Rim", and the colorful animated-comedy "Sherlock Gnomes". The panned "Pacific Rim" sequel punched its way to the top with a so-so debut, while every other wide release struggled. "Black Panther" was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Rounding out the Top 5, it dropped 56% in attendance to $10.6 million. Sales have been brisker overseas, where "Tomb Raider" has grossed $170 million thus far.

The results were also modest for Steven Soderbergh's "Unsane", a psychological thriller starring Claire Foy ("The Crown") that the director shot with iPhones.

And finally, coming in at the third spot on the list is "I Can Only Imagine". The new release that fared best was the animated kids flick Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to 2011's Gnomeo and Juliet starring James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp.

A Wrinkle in Time, Love, Simon, Paul, Apostle of Christ, Game Night, and Midnight Sun rounded out the top ten respectively.

"Tomb Raider" dropped to number-five on the domestic charts, only bringing in $10.4M across 3,854 locations. The Lionsgate-Roadside Attractions release grossed $13.8 million, bringing its two-week total to $38.5 million. 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.

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