'Pacific Rim Uprising' Kicks 'Black Panther' From Box Office Throne

'Pacific Rim Uprising' Kicks 'Black Panther' From Box Office Throne

'Pacific Rim Uprising' Kicks 'Black Panther' From Box Office Throne

"Pacific Rim Uprising" took the tide with just over $28 million at the box office this weekend.

Black Panther's box office reign has now come to an end, following Pacific Rim Uprising's No. 1 place finish atop the domestic charts. It's a solid-yet-unspectacular start for the film, ranking below the $37.3 million opening of the first Pacific Rim in July of 2013. Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny.

Isle of Dogs was one of the weekend's few success stories as it grossed an estimated $1.57 million for a screen average of $58,148 - the best any one can remember for a specialty film opening in more than 25 cinemas.

While the film rose to prominence, it was time for Wakanda's King T'Challa to surrender his box office crown. "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.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions' faith-based I Can Only Imagine, based on the popular best-selling song, held up well in its second weekend after an astounding $17 million opening last weekend.

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Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst at comScore, says, " "Pacific Rim Uprising", much like its 2013 predecessor, will rely heavily on the global box office to justify the sizable investment required to produce such a large scale, effects driven sci-fi epic".

The original Pacific Rim grossed just over $100 million domestically and it seems that this film will probably have a gross just under $100 million.

In its 6th frame, Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel's Black Panther banked another $16.7-M for a domestic total of $630.9-M, becoming the top-grossing Superhero film of all time in North America and the #5 title of all time. The film's $631 million in domestic ticket sales has surpassed the $623 million of 2012's "The Avengers".

MGM and Paramount Pictures' animated family sequel "Sherlock Gnomes" disappointed with a $10.6 million debut. "I Can Only Imagine", $13.8 million. 4. Domestically, it dropped steeply in its second week, sliding 56 per cent with $10.4 million. It should end its domestic run at $85 million and will need more worldwide money to make back its $100 million budget. Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time added $8 million to lift its three-week total to $73.9 million.

Unfortunately for Sherlock Gnomes, it doesn't seem likely to have the staying power that allowed The Star to quadruple its opening weekend. This is not terribly surprising since the first Pacific Rim did better in China than it did in the US but it remains to be seen how the movie will continue to fare both at home and overseas. "Midnight Sun", $4.1 million.

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