Weekend Box Office Report: 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Conquers 'Black Panther'

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

Thanks to an impressive box office reign in which it has continued to crush milestones, it is the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots, and the fifth highest-grossing movie ever in the US.

Legendary and Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising dethrone Black Panther at the domestic box office upon opening to a mild $28-M from 2,850 theaters over the weekend.

"Pacific Rim Uprising" earned $28.1 million in its debut weekend to top the box office, according to comScore. This is a decent opening but it did fall short of the $37.3 million opening of the original film back in 2013. The sequel stars John Boyega (also making his producer debut), as well as Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, and Zhang Jin, with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman returning from the original film. In doing so, it seizes the throne from "Black Panther", which had spent the past five weekends on top. The film, starring Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Rob Riggle, was financed by the Boies/Schiller Film Group.

Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst at comScore, says, " "Pacific Rim Uprising", much like its 2013 predecessor, will rely heavily on the worldwide box office to justify the sizable investment required to produce such a large scale, effects driven sci-fi epic". There's still a good ways to go before it sees profit, and with a likely domestic final around $70 million, it will need more of those overseas grosses - especially since China is again a strong part of those totals. With the rate it's going, Black Panther is aiming for around $660 million domestically which would make it the #3 all-time North American grosser.

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The animated comedy, Sherlock Gnomes, was third with $11-million. The first film grossed $25.4 million by comparison, and Sherlock Gnomes is the lowest start for a wide-release animated film since The Star hit $9.8 million in November.

Falling from second last week to fifth this time around was "Tomb Raider", a Warner Bros. adventure reboot starring Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as the fearless and ferocious Lara Croft. The film's $631 million in domestic ticket sales has surpassed the $623 million of 2012's "The Avengers". It isn't doing much better overseas with another $2.3 million and just $14.1 million total in just 31% of global territories. "A Wrinkle in Time", $8 million. 7.

Love, Simon suffered a similar drop in its second week to those films, earning just $7.8 million capping its two-week total around $23.7 million. Tomb Raider has grossed $211 million globally so far, so it's not a complete disaster, but I wouldn't expect a sequel any time soon.

Opening at #10 was young adult romance Midnight Sun, flopping with a mere $4.1 million.

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