‘Pacific Rim Uprising’: Box Office Monster or Meh?

Legendary-Universal’s “Pacific Rim Uprising” isn’t likely to open as high as the original monster battle movie, but robot-loving international territories could help power it to a solid box office total after its opening on March 23.Recent tracking on the sequel, which stars John Boyega of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” has been in a wide range of $20 million to $30 million at around 3,700 locations.

That should be finally enough to top the sixth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” — though the sequel is unlikely to match the original Guillermo del Toro movie’s $37 million mid-July opening weekend.The original “Pacific Rim” starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky.

Released in 2013, it was set in the near future with Earth at war with the Kaiju, monsters that emerged from an inter-dimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

It grossed a solid

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