BOX OFFICE: PACIFIC RIM Is #1 Overseas; Big Budget Blockbuster May Still Not Turn A Profit
Despite a mostly positive reception from fans and critics alike, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim may ultimately struggle to turn a profit due to its CGI heavy budget, and while it did hit #1 internationally this weekend, a sequel is far from guaranteed. Read on for details!
There was some surprising news for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures this weekend as Pacific Rim managed to defeat Despicable Me 2 to become the #1 film internationally. It grossed $35.3 million for a total of $110.9 million overseas, giving it a worldwide cume of $178.5 million. However, this isn't really all that impressive given the fact that it's believed the budget was anything from between $180 - 220 million. Many analysts don't believe that the film will cross $100 million domestically and there's still a good chance that it will fail to turn a profit. Of course, a lot of that depends on how well it performs in locations such as China and Japan, but even then it may not make enough for the studio to confidently move forward with a sequel; after all, a summer tentpole such as Pacific Rim should ultimately reach at least $500 million. Even World War Z (which had a lot of bad buzz going in and was marketed quite poorly by Paramount) has so far grossed upwards of $450 million. Do you guys think Pacific Rim deserves a sequel?
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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