‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ is the New #1, and ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Continues to Soar
Finally, we have a new top-grossing film as “Pacific Rim: Uprising” made $28 million and took the reins from “Black Panther.” It’s the first weekend since early February that Disney hasn’t been #1.“Pacific Rim: Uprising” did a little better than anticipated, but that’s damning with faint praise.Worldwide it made $150 million (led by China), which means domestic represents less than 20 percent.
And the film has a reported budget of $190 million, before marketing.Total tickets sold were down by more than a third from the original “Pacific Rim” in 2013.
That isn’t a terrible for a sequel, but this rendition had some original elements (including the addition of “Star Wars” lead John Boyega) to broaden appeal, and opened in an environment hungry for new product.We are now 13 weeks through 2018, and the only films to open over $30 million are “Black Panther,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “Fifty Shades Freed.
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