Pacific Rim Uprising Manages to Dethrone Black Panther

Somehow, Pacific Rim Uprising has managed to dethrone Black Panther on its opening weekend, taking out USD $28 million.

Black Panther has had its fair share of records since its initial release on January 27th, but it has now been dethroned by Pacific Rim Uprising, which took USD $28 million in its opening weekend, surpassing Black Panther’s $17 million.

Black Panther was quietly enjoying its sixth weekend at the box office when the sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim swept in and took out the top spot.

Pacific Rim Uprising, co-written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight, is set 10 years after the original Pacific Rim, and follows a new generation of Jaeger pilots (humans controlling enormous, and sometime nuclear powered robots) trying to save the world from Kaiju monsters (pretty much massive lizards).

The first film, directed by Guillermo del Toro, opened in July 2013 to $37 million and was much more anticipated than its follow up. Reviews have smashed Pacific Rim Uprising as a “crude botch job of a film” as well as being “mindlessly entertaining, without the entertaining”. But Star Wars’ John Boyega has been praised for stopping the movie from being a complete waste of time.

The film, which cost $150 million to create is hoping on gaining most of its traction in China, where the original brought in $111 million.

Despite the latest numbers, Black Panther hasn’t ended its streak just yet, and is now the single highest grossing superhero film ever in the US, with $630.9 million. Internationally, Black Panther has grossed more than $1.237 billion, passing Iron Man 3. The next hurdle for Black Panther will be moving up from its current rank as the third biggest superhero movie in the worldwide box office, after the two Avengers films.

But we haven’t seen the last of T’Challa just yet, Avengers: the Infinity War drops in less than a month (April 25), where we will get to see a swath of superheroes come together to defend our planet once again.

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