Box Office: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Beats ‘Black Panther’

Box Office: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Beats ‘Black Panther’

Box Office: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Beats ‘Black Panther’

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ barks at the specialty box office.

Legendary and Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising dethrone Black Panther at the domestic box office upon opening to a mild $28-M from 2,850 theaters over the weekend.

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.

Pacific Rim 2, set mostly in China is bigger player overseas, where the $150-M film debuted to $122.5-M. That put the movie’s global 1st take at $150.5-M.

In its 6th frame, Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s Black Panther banked another $16.7-M for a domestic total of $630.9-M, becoming the top-grossing Superhero film of all time in North America and the #5 title of all time.

Globally, Black Panther finished Sunday with $1.237-B. It is now the 12th highest-grossing motion picture of all time.

Coming in #3 was faith-based holdover I Can Only Imagine, which fell 19% to an estimated $14-M for a 10-day domestic box office of $38.5-M. Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) added 653 runs, the movie’s total theater count is now 2,253.

MGM and Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) new animated family film Sherlock Gnomes opened to $10.6-M from 3,662 theaters at #4.

MGM and Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider rounded out the Top 5 domestically with $10.4-M for a 10-day North American total of $41.7-M, plus earning another $34.1-M offshore for a foreign total of $170-M and a global box office of $211.7-M.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Peter Rabbit followed at # 3 overseas with $28-M for a foreign total of $76.3-M and global box office of $183.1-M.

Among other newcomers

Sony/Affirm’s faith-based film Paul, Apostle of Christ finished #8, earning $5-M from 1,473 theaters.

Midnight Sun, a teen romantic drama, opened 10th for Global Road with an estimated $4.1-M from 2,173 locations.

Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane, a new psychological horror-thriller starring The Crown‘s Claire Foy and shot with an iPhone 7. Bleecker Street and Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing are handling the movie, which reportedly cost a mere $1.5-M to make.

Unsane grossed $3.9-M from 2,023 theaters, the worst wide launch of Soderbergh’s directing career.

Isle of Dogs grossed an estimated $1.57-M for a screen average of $58,148. It is also the top average YTD.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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