'Pacific Rim Uprising' conquers 'Black Panther' at weekend box office

'Pacific Rim Uprising' conquers 'Black Panther' at weekend box office

'Pacific Rim Uprising' conquers 'Black Panther' at weekend box office

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).

It took six weeks but "Black Panther" has finally been unseated as the top film at the North American box office. Pacific Rim Uprising was able to snag the #1 position with an domestic opening weekend gross of $28 million. In foreign territories, where the original "Pacific Rim" was more popular than in the USA, the sequel is expected to collect around $122.5 million this weekend, with $65 million coming from China market.

"Pacific Rim Uprising" stars John Boyega, Cailee Spaeny and Scott Eastwood.

While the film rose to prominence, it was time for Wakanda's King T'Challa to surrender his box office crown. The film is also performing well internationally as the worldwide gross for the film stands at over $210 million. The original, which starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky, went on to gross US$411 million at the worldwide box office, thanks to a strong global showing, especially in China, where it made US$112 million compared to the US' US$101.8 million.

"Rim 2" will likely follow in the footsteps of the first film, which did OK domestically ($100 million) but made coin overseas - particularly in Asia, where they love giant robots and monsters knocking the shite out of each other on screen. To date, the Marvel film has taken in US$631 million, making it the fifth-highest all-time domestic grosses ahead of The Avengers.

Other films in their opening week include Sherlock Gnomes with $10.6 million, Paul, Apostle of Christ with $5 Million and Midnight Sun raking in $4.1 million. The first film grossed $25.4 million by comparison, and Sherlock Gnomes is the lowest start for a wide-release animated film since The Star hit $9.8 million in November.

Even at No. 2, the Korean romantic movie, starring So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin, remained strong, adding 576,981 ticket sales in its second weekend to its cumulative total of 1.82 million. $5 million in 1,473 theaters or $3,394 per venue. Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time added $8 million to lift its three-week total to $73.9 million.

Love, Simon held on reasonably well in its second weekend slipping 34% to an estimated $7.8M, bringing its total up to $24M.

Pacific Rim 2 is a far bigger player overseas, where the $150 million film debuted to $122.5 million, including a pleasing $65 million in China, where Legendary East has sole distribution duties. "I Can Only Imagine", $13.8 million. 4.

Opening at #10 was young adult romance Midnight Sun, flopping with a mere $4.1 million.

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