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

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

'Pacific Rim 2' Tops Weekend as 'Black Panther' Becomes Fifth Largest Domestic Release of All-Time

Worldwide, Black Panther is now the twelfth-highest grossing movie ever with $1.24 billion after adding another $12.9 million in 57 markets.

It took six weeks but "Black Panther" has finally been unseated as the top film at the North American box office. Black Panther slipped to second place with $16.6 million in its sixth frame this weekend, being dethroned by newcomer Pacific Rim Uprising, which won with an estimated $28 million. The original Pacific Rim followed a similar pattern when it opened in 2013, underperforming in the United States and North America while delivering a large enough worldwide box office take to justify a sequel.

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John Boyega and Scott Eastwood lead the cast of Pacifc Rim 2, with Steven S. DeKnight helming in his feature directorial debut.

Black Panther played in 3,370 theaters this weekend, dropping 464 theaters from the previous weekend, falling just 37.5%, which is quite impressive in its sixth weekend, with a $4,394 per-screen average. "Black Panther" was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The original, which starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky, went on to gross US$411 million at the worldwide box office, thanks to a strong global showing, especially in China, where it made US$112 million compared to the US' US$101.8 million. To date, the Marvel film has taken in US$631 million, making it the fifth-highest all-time domestic grosses ahead of The Avengers.

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Opening poorly in fourth place was the animated Sherlock Gnomeswhich made an estimated $10.6M from 3,662 theaters for a per screen average of only $2,895. Paramount and MGM are hopeful that the family film, coming in No. 4, will benefit from the upcoming Easter holiday and spring break. According to Hollywood Report, Pacific Rim 2 has a troubling start for a film that cost $155 million to produce.

The reboot "Tomb Raider" took fifth place with $10.1 million. There's still a good ways to go before it sees profit, and with a likely domestic final around $70 million, it will need more of those overseas grosses - especially since China is again a strong part of those totals. 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. It isn't doing much better overseas with another $2.3 million and just $14.1 million total in just 31% of worldwide territories. 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. $5 million in 1,473 theaters or $3,394 per venue.

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Love, Simon suffered a similar drop in its second week to those films, earning just $7.8 million capping its two-week total around $23.7 million.

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