Weekend Box Office: ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Unseats ‘Black Panther’ at #1

Weekend Box Office

Universal and Legendary’s rock ’em, sock ’em sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising was the film to finally dethrone Black Panther at the box office upon opening to a tepid $28 million domestic take, down 23 percent from the $37.2 million its 2013 predecessor made.

Made for $150 million, the Steven S. DeKnight-directed sequel stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Rinko Kikuchi, Adria Arjona,Burn Gorman, and Charlie Day. Audiences gave it a so-so B CinemaScore.

Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther took second place with $16.7 million, which is quite impressive in its sixth weekend.

Roadside Attraction and Lionsgate’s faith-based family drama I Can Only Imagine, which was made for some $7 million, remained in third with $13.8 million.

Paramount’s animated sequel Sherlock Gnomes came in at #4 with a first weekend of $10.6 million. Directed by John Stevenson, a follow-up to 2011’s Gnomeo and Juliet features the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mary J. Blige. The $59 million-budgeted film received a B+ CinemaScore. It just barely beat Warner Bros. and MGM’s video game adaptation Tomb Raider in its second frame with $10.4 million.

Affirm Films’ biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ with $5 million and Global Road’s teen romance Midnight Sun with $4.1 million were the only other debuts to land in the top 10, at #8 and #10, respectively.

You can take a look at the March 23-25 figures below.

1. Pacific Rim: Uprising — $28 million
2. Black Panther — $16.7 million ($630.9M)
3. I Can Only Imagine — $13.8 million ($38.3M)
4. Sherlock Gnomes — $10.6 million
5. Tomb Raider — $10.4 million ($41.7M)
6. A Wrinkle in Time — $8 million ($73.9M)
7. Love, Simon — $7.8 million ($23.7M)
8. Paul, Apostle of Christ — $5 million
9. Game Night — $4.2 million ($60.8M)
10. Midnight Sun — $4.1 million

Rolling out in limited release is Wes Andseron’s stop-motion movie Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight). The film debuted in 27 theaters with a very respectable $1.6 million.