Legendary CEO Thomas Tull Sounds Encouragingly Optimistic About PACIFIC RIM 2
While Pacific Rim 2 is still not officially confirmed, the latest statement from Legendary CEO Thomas Tull suggests a sequel to Guillermo del Toro's kaiju love letter is highly probable.
While speaking to Collider to promote Godzilla, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull was also asked about the status of Pacific Rim 2. Citing solid box office numbers for an original film, impressive home video sales, and strong merchandising, Tull's statement would lead one to believe that a sequel to Pacific Rim is only contingent upon Guillermo del Toro cracking the story. Tull began, "We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek- so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it’s done really well."
In checking those numbers, Pacific Rim (2013) earned $411M worldwide. Batman Begins (2005) earned $374.2M. X-Men (2000) took home $296.3M. Superman Returns (2006) grossed $391M globally. The Fast & the Furious (2001) totaled $207.2M at the domestic box office and abroad. And Star Trek (2009) totaled $385.6M. All of these films went on to spawn at least one sequel if not launch successful franchises.
Tull went on to say, "It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we’re going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it’s authentic and there’s something to say, we’re certainly open to it."
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