Pacific Rim: Uprising Dethrones Black Panther
After five weeks at the top and breaking all kinds of records, Marvel's Black Panther dropped to second place at the US box office. New release Pacific Rim: Uprising claimed the number one spot with an estimated $28 million for the weekend.
The sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 monster movie has had a difficult time getting to the big screen. Universal nabbed the rights from Warner Bros back in 2014, and del Toro was set to write and direct. However, Universal indefinitely delayed the follow-up back in 2015 owing to differences with production partner Legendary Pictures. Del Toro continued to work on the script, but by mid-2017 he had announced he would be passing directing duties to Steven DeKnight (Daredevil).
Given the first films tepid domestic box office of $101 millionagainst a $190 million production budget, the fact that a Pacific Rim 2 exists is a minor miracle. Well, I say miracle, it was the international box office and a rousing $111 million from China that made Uprising happen. The John Boyega led sequel came in below the first movie's $37 million opening back in 2013, but with $122 million taken internationally, Uprising is off to a solid global start. According to Deadline, Universal's break-even point is around $350 million, so only time will tell if a franchise can be forged.
Black Panther is officially the highest grossing superhero movie in the US with more than $630 million after five incredible weeks in cinemas. Toppling the domestic hauls of both Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Captain America Civil War, Black Panther only needs another $300 million in the global kitty to crack Avengers $1.5 billion worldwide total.
Animated kid's movie Gnomeo & Juliet scored a modest hit with its gnome based shenanigans and songs by Elton John. Seven short years later, and the sequel has finally arrived with Sherlock Gnomes taking fourth place with an estimated $10 million. Featuring the voices of Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, and Michael Caine, Sherlock Gnomes has made less than half the $25 million the first movie opened to back in 2011.
Steven Soderbergh's iPhone shot psychological thriller Unsane just missed out on the top ten with an estimated $3.8 million. The Crown's Claire Foy gives a powerhouse performance in a tense and chillingly effective movie. Finally, Wes Anderson's latest foray into stop-motion animation started its limited release and grossed a highly respectable $1.5 million from just 27 screens. Isle of Dogs features the voices of Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, and will hit cinemas nationwide next month.