'Pacific Rim' tops still-strong 'Black Panther' at box office

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Time will tell of Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures feel like Pacific Rim: Uprising's box office is enough to justify another film in the series.

The problem is that studios have gotten used to seeing such huge blockbuster hits opening in March from Zack Snyder's 300 and 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to The Hunger Games and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, that they placed a lot of weaker tentpole attempts into the month.

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.

The first Pacific Rim grossed $411 million worldwide on a budget of $190 million. That's down almost 25% from the original's opening of $37.3M back in the summer of 2013. "Tomb Raider", $10.4 million. 6. It has become the highest grossing superhero movie of all-time.

Pacific Rim: Uprising opened to $122.5 million in 61 global markets.

"Black Panther" pulled in another $16 million, good for second place.

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With the $16.7 million included, "Black Panther" boasts $630.9 million in total U.S. earnings. The first film, which was directed by Guillermo del Toro, earned $37 million in its first domestic opening weekend.

The Marvel smash hit, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o has earned $631 million in the USA and Canada - making it the highest-grossing superhero film in the United States according to industry tracker Box Office Mojo, overtaking "The Avengers" (2012). Globally, Black Panther finished Sunday with $1.237 billion in ticket sales, passing up Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion) to rank as the No. 3 superhero title of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion). Clearly, it's slowly starting to dwindle away but should get one final bump with schools on spring break. It retained third place with $13.8 million, down just 19% to bring its ten-day total to $38.3 million.

Sherlock Gnomes opened in fourth place with $10.6 million. The movie opened in 3,708 theaters this weekend, pulling in a solid $7,552 per-screen average. While not a stellar opening for a film of this size, it is well above Mojo's forecast as well as above Universal's expectations heading into the weekend. In fact, it might not even make half that amount.

The reboot "Tomb Raider" took fifth place with $10.1 million. Like the recently released "Tomb Raider", its biggest business was in China.

Love, Simon suffered a similar drop in its second week to those films, earning just $7.8 million capping its two-week total around $23.7 million. $5 million in 1,473 theaters or $3,394 per venue. "We know that audiences want to see it". Fellow faith-based release Paul, Apostle of Christ lagged far behind at spot number eight, earning $5 million in its first weekend. And finally the highly anticipated animated film from Wes Anderson, Isle of Dogs, opened to an estimated $1.57M from only 27 screens for a per screen average of an incredible $58k. Searchlight plans to expand Anderson's latest nationwide on April 13.

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