'Pacific Rim 2' dethrones 'Black Panther' at the weekend box office

'Pacific Rim 2' dethrones 'Black Panther' at the weekend box office

Pacific Rim Uprising's strong debut does little to diffract from its competitor.

Of course, at this point it should be recognized that this is basically exactly what happened with the first Pacific Rim back in the summer of 2013.

Worldwide, Black Panther is now the twelfth-highest grossing movie ever with $1.24 billion after adding another $12.9 million in 57 markets. I thought that Black Panther would have beaten Pacific Rim: Uprising but Black Panther's money-making power has diminished after six weeks in United States theaters. "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. The $16.6 million return brings its domestic total to $630.9 million, landing the movie two new domestic records: highest gross for a comic book adaptation, and fifth-highest grossing release of all time. You probably shouldn't expect to hear anything more about these titles as we make our way into April. To date, Black Panther has made $1.23 Billion world-wide. I'll be back next Sunday to see how Friday's new releases shake things up, so join me then!

Disney read the writing on the wall and did well to rid itself of the crappy "Gnomeo & Juliet" property.

The faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine" made $13.8 million in its second week to finish in third place.

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MGM and Warner Bros.' Tomb Raider rounded out the Top 5 domestically with $10.4-M for a 10-day North American total of $41.7-M, plus earning another $34.1-M offshore for a foreign total of $170-M and a global box office of $211.7-M. Domestically, it dropped steeply in its second week, sliding 56 per cent with $10.4 million. That includes $65 million from its opening in China, bringing its worldwide box office total to $150 million. The situation overseas is another story.

Faith-based newcomer 'Paul, Apostle of Christ' had a so-so debut at #8 with $5 million, matching its production budget.

A Wrinkle in Time($8 million), Love, Simon($7.8 million); Paul, Apostle of Christ, Game Night ($4.2 million) and Midnight Sun ($4.1 million) occupy the sixth to tenth position at the box office via IMDB. There's no word on the movie's budget, but assuming it didn't cost much to make, that slow start isn't bad.

New release Midnight Sun snuck into the top ten with $4.1 million, while Steven Soderbergh's Unsane landed just outside of it with an opening cume of $3.8 million.

Fox Searchlight opened Wes Anderson's second animated feature Isle of Dogs into just 27 theaters where it grossed an astounding $1.6 million, enough for a 15th place opening with $58,148 per location, the best per-theater average of 2018 so far.