Box Office Report: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Takes Over 1st from ‘Black Panther’

Marvel’s Black Panther has taken over the top spot as the highest grossing superhero film of all time. Black Panther nudged past The Avengers to earn the $1 spot on the domestic superhero film chart on the same weekend it finally gave up the top spot at the box office. After five weekends as the reigning box office champion, Black Panther slipped into second place over its sixth weekend in theaters. Pacific Rim Uprising was able to snag the #1 position with an domestic opening weekend gross of $28 million.

The original Pacific Rim starring Charlie Hunnam and directed by Guillermo del Toro opened in theaters on July 12, 2013. That film rang up $37 million over its opening weekend and went on to gross $411 million worldwide before exiting theaters. The sequel was directed by Steven S. DeKnight and stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Day.

The weekend’s other big new release, Sherlock Gnomes, failed to draw in family audiences. Gnomeo and Juliet opened to $25 million in 2011 while the 2018 sequel brought in just $10 million over its first three days in release.

Box Office Top 10: March 23-25, 2018

  1. Pacific Rim Uprising – $28,003,000
  2. Black Panther – $16,658,000
  3. I Can Only Imagine – $13,837,495
  4. Sherlock Gnomes – $10,600,000
  5. Tomb Raider – $10,430,000
  6. A Wrinkle in Time – $8,044,000
  7. Love, Simon – $7,800,000
  8. Paul, Apostle of Christ – $5,000,000
  9. Game Night – $4,160,000
  10. Midnight Sun – $4,119,000

The Pacific Rim Uprising Plot: The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) — who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

Box Office Report -Pacific Rim Uprising star John Boyega and Scott Eastman
John Boyega and Scott Eastman in ‘Pacific Rim Uprising.’