BOX OFFICE: PACIFIC RIM Looks Set To Finish Opening Weekend With Third Place
Despite the fact that it at one point looked as if the Guillermo del Toro helmed movie would steal the top spot, the latest figures seem to indicate that Pacific Rim won't even come close to #2 as Despicable Me 2 and Grown Ups compete for #1 at the North American box office.
While it looked set to be a very tight race indeed, it now appears as if Despicable Me 2 will be #1 again this weekend with around $45 million. Shockingly, Grown Ups 2 isn't too far behind with a predicted $43.8 million, as Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim will take #3 with only $39.7 million. It no longer appears as if the latter two will be battling it out for second place as the ensemble comedy and 3D animated movie will be both vying for #1. On Friday, it appeared as if the race for the top spot was neck and neck, but even an 'A-' CinemaScore doesn't seem to have been too much of a help. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are banking on the monster vs. robot mash up performing better overseas, and as Deadline points out: "Pacific Rim continued to dominate Russia’s market at #1 with a 3-day cume of $4.1M. Korea had another great day with cume now $3.1M after 2 days, ranking #1 and taking 45% of the Top Five. Mexico started with $1.3M, and UK opening day was $1M ranking 2nd behind the other opener Monsters University. Australia’s cume is now $1.2M but only #4 for two straight days during the school holidays which is baffling, Italy is $585K, and New Zealand $221K." Did you guys decide to check out Pacific Rim during this bloated weekend at the box office?
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Antrobus
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
Idris Elba as General Stacker Pentecost
Charlie Day as Newt Gotlieb
Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chow
Clifton Collins Jr. as Tendo Choi
Max Martini as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky as Yancy Antrobus
RELEASE DATE: July 12th, 2013
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