'Pacific Rim' Bests 'Black Panther' in Box Office Race

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Hollywood has essentially already squandered the early lead "Black Panther" gave it.

Overall, industry-wide totals were slightly below those of last weekend, but well below those of a year ago.

"One movie isn't enough to support a whole marketplace", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. There's something for everyone this week, including the sci-fi world of "Pacific Rim", and the colorful animated-comedy "Sherlock Gnomes". "But we need bigger numbers to be put up". Hollywood Reporter reports that Pacific Rim Uprising debuted to $122.5 million overseas including $65 million in China putting the film's global haul as $150.5 million. It's $1.237 billion worldwide tally is still not a record-breaking tally, but it is still quite impressive nonetheless. The sequel was written by Guillermo del Toro (who directed the first installment to the franchise) and Zak Penn. The original holds a "fresh" Rotten Tomatoes score of 71 percent.

The strategy was similar for Warner Bros.' "Tomb Raider" reboot, starring Alicia Vikander. But when you add in the $170 million overseas for a $211.7 million total, it's looking more at ease.

Other films in their opening week include Sherlock Gnomes with $10.6 million, Paul, Apostle of Christ with $5 Million and Midnight Sun raking in $4.1 million. The movie is now the highest-grossing MCU film domestically, having passed The Avengers' $623.4 million.

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The results were also modest for Steven Soderbergh's "Unsane", a psychological thriller starring Claire Foy ("The Crown") that the director shot with iPhones. While not a stellar opening for a film of this size, it is well above Mojo's forecast as well as above Universal's expectations heading into the weekend.

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.

"Isle of Dogs", Wes Anderson's latest buoyant stop-motion film for Fox Searchlight, earned $1.57 million in just 27 theaters. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" grossed $175 million worldwide in 2014.

Set in a dystopian futuristic Japan, dogs have been quarantined on a remote island due to a canine flu. Uprising received a B CinemaScore. But it has also sparked questions of cultural appropriation. We can hope that people make their own decisions and hopefully look at the film as an homage to a great culture and great filmmakers. It has also become the fifth largest domestic release of all-time. It should end its domestic run at $85 million and will need more global money to make back its $100 million budget. $5 million in 1,473 theaters or $3,394 per venue. "Tomb Raider", $10.4 million. 6.

A Wrinkle in Time is slipping away, down another 51% for $8 million in its third weekend. After making $2.4 million in Thursday previews, it took in $10.4 million Friday (incl. those Thursday previews). "Tomb Raider", $34.1 million. 3.

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