'Pacific Rim Uprising' dethrones 'Panther' at box office

Pacific Rim and Black Panther. Image via Twitter

Pacific Rim and Black Panther. Image via Twitter

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

Pacific Rim: Uprising premiered in the Number One spot at the box office with $28 Million.

The sequel to the monsters-vs. -mechwarriors Pacific Rim grossed $28.1M to Black Panther's $17.1M.

This is actually a drop compared to the original Pacific Rim movie that got $37.3 million back in 2013.

And while it was toppled, don't feel bad for "Black Panther".

While the film rose to prominence, it was time for Wakanda's King T'Challa to surrender his box office crown.

The movie, from Universal, centers on "Star Wars" sensation John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, son of Idris Elba's character Stacker, who died to save the world in the first film.

The religious drama "I Can Only Imagine" remained in third-place this week, the film made another $13.8M while remaining in 2,253 locations. I think the film will have a solid box office gross.

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"Rim 2" will likely follow in the footsteps of the first film, which did OK domestically ($100 million) but made coin overseas - particularly in Asia, where they love giant robots and monsters knocking the shite out of each other on screen. Domestically, it topped out at $101.8 million.

The Marvel smash hit, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o has earned $631 million in the U.S. and Canada - making it the highest-grossing superhero film in the United States according to industry tracker Box Office Mojo, overtaking "The Avengers" (2012).

Other films in their opening week include Sherlock Gnomes with $10.6 million, Paul, Apostle of Christ with $5 Million and Midnight Sun raking in $4.1 million. Paramount and MGM are hopeful that the family film, coming in No. 4, will benefit from the upcoming Easter holiday and spring break.

That said, Pacific Rim Uprising is doing much better overseas as it had a pretty decent opening in China earning over $65 million. It should end its domestic run at $85 million and will need more global money to make back its $100 million budget. The "I Can Only Imagine" cumulative mark now stands at $38.3 million.

Unfortunately for Sherlock Gnomes, it doesn't seem likely to have the staying power that allowed The Star to quadruple its opening weekend. Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time added $8 million to lift its three-week total to $73.9 million.

Fox's coming out comedy Love, Simon followed in seventh place with $7.8 million, down just 34% from its opening weekend with $21.7 million grossed domestically so far.

New release Midnight Sun snuck into the top ten with $4.1 million, while Steven Soderbergh's Unsane landed just outside of it with an opening cume of $3.8 million.

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