Pacific Rim Leads Box Office Uprising

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Pacific Rim Uprising

Black Panther is incredibly strong, ludicrously fast and wears an outfit of pure vibranium. (That’s, like, a big deal for the three of you who haven’t seen the movie.) But even Marvel’s talented superhero was no match for a handful of 300-foot-high robots.

Pacific Rim Uprising stomped all the way to the top of the weekend box office, shoving  Marvel’s Black Panther off the throne and sticking that teeny-tiny crown on its own Jaeger-sized head.

Granted, it wasn’t a win for the ages—the fiscal film equivalent of a Kansas-Duke game. Uprising earned an estimated $28 million in North America en route to the win, which might be just enough to put a down payment on one of its robot’s metallic toenails. But as we often say here, a win is a win, and it was probably about time that someone cut Black Panther down to size. King T’Challa and company had spent the last five straight weeks at the top of the standings, surveying its myriad challengers below with an increasingly haughty eye. A few more weeks, and the superhero flick would’ve listed “box office No. 1” as its permanent address.

And even as it starts to show a wee bit of age, Black Panther still has plenty to roar about. It slid to second place with $16.7 million, which pushed its total North American gross to $630.9 million. That makes it the highest-grossing superhero movie ever (sorry, Avengers) and pushes it to fifth on the all-time list. (Fourth-place Jurassic World, with $652.3 million, is in its sights). Toss in the $606.4 million the movie’s made overseas, and Black Panther’s collected somewhere north of $1.2 billion.

I Can Only Imagine isn’t competing in the same super realm as Black Panther, really, but it also continues to impress in its own more modest way. Adding more than 600 theaters due to demand, the small Christian film banked another $13.8 million to finish third for the second straight weekend. It’s earned $38.3 million—not bad at all, given that its creators spent just $7 million to make the thing.

And while we’re on the subject of Christian movies, Paul, Apostle of Christ also boasted a solid opening. It collected $5 million to finish eighth—besting two secular newcomers playing on more screens. Romantic drama Midnight Sun finished 10th with $4.1 million, while Unsane banked an unimpressive $3.9 million.

The strength of I Can Only Imagine helped spoil the debut of Sherlock Gnomes, which could only muster $10.6 million out of the gate to finish fourth. A bit of an ig-gnome-inious start, I’d say.

Tomb Raider, which finished second last week, fell all the way to fifth with $10.4 million. Game over, man.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I am SO GLAD that Pacific Rim 2 is finally out. Universal has been marketing the movie like crazy for the past few weeks, and it’s honest gotten incredibly annoying. Every other video that I’ve tried to watch on YouTube has a 15 second ad for this movie that I can’t skip.

If I had any interest in seeing this movie, I lost it all with all those repetitive ads. Sorry Universal, but you’re not getting my $12.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not true, I have looked up nothing related to Pacific Rim 2 and get their ads all the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I guess you got a point there.

Still, it wouldn’t kill YouTube or Universal if they included a skip button for the ad after it played for 5 seconds. Also, I wouldn’t mind the ads so much if they had more than just loud music and Charlie Day shouting, “Yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!”