Pacific Rim Uprising's strong debut does little to diffract from its competitor.
Overall revenue for the weekend was down 37% as there was plenty of competition for the attention of moviegoers, between the NCAA basketball tournament and Saturday's marches across the country in protest of gun violence. However, thanks to a very strong worldwide performance, the film went on to become a success and ultimately warranted a sequel, which hit theaters this weekend. The movie will need a lot more magic to recoup the estimated $150 million required to get out of the red.
Directed by Steven S. DeKnight, Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona and Nick E. Tarabay. Legendary and Universal okayed the sequel prior to Legendary getting new leadership and a fresh infusion of funding. Supplanting it at the top spot was Pacific Rim: Uprising, which opened to a just-OK $28 million on 3,708 screens.
That's not the only milestone the weekend brought. And it's the No. 12 pic of all time. Having surpassed 2012's Marvel's The Avengers this past weekend, Black Panther also becomes the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, and it only needs to gross $30 million more to surpass both Jurassic World and James Cameron's Titanic to become the third-highest grossing movie in North America.
The movie, also starring Dominic West and Kristin Scott Thomas, netted $10.1 million for total earnings of $41.4 million.
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The animated film "Sherlock Gnomes" opened with $10.6 million for fourth place. Another faith-based film that will hope to have some success next weekend over the Easter holiday.
The sequel to 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, which reeled in US$194 million worldwide, sees the petite pair recruiting detective Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick, Gnome Watson, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden gnomes.
The strategy was similar for Warner Bros.' "Tomb Raider" reboot, starring Alicia Vikander. The small $7 million faith-based film added another $13.8 million to its North American run, giving it a ten-day domestic total of $38.3 million.
Midnight Sun, a teen romantic drama, opened 10th for Global Road with an estimated $4.1-M from 2,173 locations. The film stars Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Rob Riggle, and follows a teenage girl with the disease xeroderma pigmentosum that prevents her from going out into sunlight.
Newcomer Unsane, which director Steven Soderbergh shot on an iPhone, debuted just shy of the top 10 in 11th place with $3.8 million, earning a paltry $1,907 per-screen average from 2,023 theaters.