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Pacific Rim Uprising dethrones Black Panther at the box office

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39;Pacific Rim Uprising' Dethrones 'Black Panther'

Although the Pacific Rim sequel tops the USA box office in its opening weekend, it still pales in comparison to the Marvel film. The monsters vs. robots science-fiction sequel "Pacific Rim: Uprising" dethroned the superhero sensation with $28 million in ticket sales over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The film's budget is estimated at $155 million; opening at $28 million in its first week is disappointing when compared to Black Panther. Marvel's own Black Panther has now earned over $631 million domestically overtaking the previous superhero champion The Avengers which grossed $623.3 million back in 2012. That movie also didn't open spectacularly ($37.2 million), and by the end of its run only pulled in a little over $100 million.

On a worldwide gross basis, Black Panther now sits No. 12 with $1.239B, having passed The Fate of the Furious at $1.236B.

And finally, coming in at the third spot on the list is "I Can Only Imagine".

Pacific Rim Uprising opened in 61 global markets this weekend, including major markets such as Korea, Russia, Taiwan, Mexico, U.K., France, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Italy and Spain, where the film earned $57.5 million.

Disney read the writing on the wall and did well to rid itself of the crappy "Gnomeo & Juliet" property. While the original movie opened in 2011 to $25.3 million, the sequel 'Sherlock Gnomes' only opened to $10.6 million this weekend. The reason why we got a sequel is because the worldwide market absolutely fell in love with the Gullermo del Toro creation, and brought the global grosses up over $400 million.

It was an uprising at the box office. Domestically, it dropped steeply in its second week, sliding 56 per cent with $10.4 million.

Made for $150 million, Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Rinko Kikuchi, Adria Arjona, Burn Gorman, and Charlie Day. The situation overseas is another story.

The top 10 is rounded out by A Wrinkle in Time ($8 million), Love, Simon ($7.8 million), Paul, Apostle of Christ ($5 million), Game Night ($4.16 million) and Midnight Sun ($4.11 million). "Paul, Apostle of Christ" debuted at eighth-place overall, Sony's religious drama grossed an estimated $5M across 1,473 locations. There's no word on the movie's budget, but assuming it didn't cost much to make, that slow start isn't awful.

Midnight Sun managed to come in ahead of Steven Soderbergh's Unsane, a new psychological horror-thriller starring The Crown's Claire Foy and shot with an iPhone 7. From 2,023 locations, its per-screen average ($1,907) was nearly identical to "Midnight Sun".

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