'Pacific Rim Uprising' dethrones 'Panther' at box office

Courtesy of Legendary

Overall revenue for the weekend was down 37% as there was plenty of competition for the attention of moviegoers, between the NCAA basketball tournament and Saturday's marches across the country in protest of gun violence. $15 million of Pacific Rim's global opening came from 1200 IMAX screens in 57 markets with China contributing $7.6 million of that amount on 507 IMAX screens. Although the Pacific Rim sequel tops the USA box office in its opening weekend, it still pales in comparison to the Marvel film. Like the recently released "Tomb Raider", its biggest business was in China. The sequel stars John Boyega (also making his producer debut), as well as Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Adria Arjona, and Zhang Jin, with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman returning from the original film. Legendary and Universal okayed the sequel prior to Legendary getting new leadership and a fresh infusion of funding.

That's not the only milestone the weekend brought.

We now know which movie earns the distinction of ending the streak of "Black Panther" as No. 1 at the box office. And it's the No. 12 pic of all time. That figure tops the $623.4 million achieved by "Marvel's The Avengers" and establishes "Black Panther" as the highest-grossing superhero film of all-time. The film is so popular that Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate added 653 runs, bringing the movie's total theater count to 2,253.

"Sherlock Gnomes", Paramount's chipper computer-animated comedy about a garden doll version of the Arthur Conan Doyle detective, made $10.6 million - a steep decline compared with its predecessor, "Gnomeo & Juliet", which made $25.3 million upon its opening in 2011. The film will open wide in the coming weeks.

MGM and Warner Bros. Rounding out the top five was Tomb Raider, which fell 56% in its second weekend for a haul of $10.4 million (total gross $41.7 million).




Coming in at spot number three was faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine (weekend gross $13.8 million, total gross $38.3 million), which dropped less than 20% from its debut last weekend.

Opening at #10 was young adult romance Midnight Sun, flopping with a mere $4.1 million. It stars James Faulkner as the titular Saint Paul and Jim Caviezel (who portrayed Jesus in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ) as Saint Luke.

Newcomer Unsane, which director Steven Soderbergh shot on an iPhone, debuted just shy of the top 10 in 11th place with $3.8 million, earning a paltry $1,907 per-screen average from 2,023 theaters. Juno Temple, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving co-star. 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 wonderful $58k. Few of them realized that Marvel Studios' Black Panther would prove so dominant after its first two February weekends either. It is also the top average YTD.

The stop-motion animated film boasts a star-studded ensemble voice cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, and Bob Balaban.

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