'Pacific Rim 2' dethrones 'Black Panther' at the weekend box office

Weekend Box Office: 'Pacific Rim 2' Cuts Down 'Black Panther'

And while it was toppled, don't feel bad for "Black Panther".

Universal and Legendary Pictures opened the sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, co-written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight, into 3,708 theaters on Friday.

The first Pacific Rim grossed $411 million worldwide on a budget of $190 million.

Pacific Rim: Uprising won the weekend box office with a $28 million opening weekend. Korea took in $6.9 million in 429 locations followed closely by Russian Federation.

Bigger news is the fact that the top grossing superhero movie in North America has now changed.

Pacific Rim Uprising, shot mostly in China and Australia, cost US$155 million to make.

Still, in its sixth weekend Black Panther continues to be a powerhouse, nabbing the No. 2 spot with US$17 million at 3,370 sites. Domestically, it topped out at $101.8 million. The performance is nearly spot on with Edge of Tomorrow, which was one of our pre-weekend comparisons and went on to gross just over $100 million domestically, a number the studio would likely be more than happy with as it would only be ~$2 million shy of the first film's domestic performance. 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.

"Pacific Rim: Uprising" is in its first week, "Black Panther" has spent six weeks at the box office. Clearly, it's slowly starting to dwindle away but should get one final bump with schools on spring break.

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. $10.6 million opening in 3,662 theaters, averaging less than $3,000 per theater. The sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 action sci-fi film brought in $28 million to win the weekend, slightly outperforming the $25 million that most analysts were expecting it to do. Falling from second last week to fifth this was "Tomb Raider", a Warner Bros. adventure reboot starring Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as the fearless and ferocious Lara Croft. It went on to earn a sizable $309.2 million overseas all-in (China's contribution was $111.9 million). Tomb Raider has grossed $211 million globally so far, so it's not a complete disaster, but I wouldn't expect a sequel any time soon. Speaking of films with much higher expectations, Disney's A Wrinkle in Time fell 50% in its third weekend to an estimated $8M bringing its cume up to $73.8M. It should end its domestic run at $85 million and will need more global money to make back its $100 million budget. The film dropped 56% during its second weekend and just crossed $40 million domestically. "Sherlock Gnomes", $10.6 million. 5.

The faith-based drama, Paul, Apostle of Christ, was fifth with $5-million. Searchlight plans to expand Anderson's latest nationwide on April 13.

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