Pacific Rim: Uprising topples Black Panther at U.S. box office

Pacific Rim: Uprising topples Black Panther at U.S. box office

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther spent more than a month at the top of the box office - but we always knew this weekend would come. That number lands Black Panther one of the seven highest sixth weekends in history.

Pacific Rim: Uprising opened to $122.5 million in 61 worldwide markets. The new film received bad reviews and represents another box office flop for Paramount, which has limped through the past six months with financial disappointments like "Annihilation", "Suburbicon", and "Downsizing".

Steven S. DeKnight co-wrote and directed Pacific Rim Uprising with a reported US$150 million budget.

This is actually a drop compared to the original Pacific Rim movie that got $37.3 million back in 2013. Inevitably they meet a wee bit of resistance along the way.

The faith-based drama, Paul, Apostle of Christ, was fifth with $5-million.

Made for $150 million, Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Rinko Kikuchi, Adria Arjona, Burn Gorman, and Charlie Day.

Yet the record-breaking hit of "Black Panther" has been followed by a string of lacklustre performers, including "Tomb Raider", "A Wrinkle in Time" and "Red Sparrow".

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And finally, coming in at the third spot on the list is "I Can Only Imagine".

The animated film "Sherlock Gnomes" opened with $10.6 million for fourth place.

The weekend's other big new release, Sherlock Gnomes, failed to draw in family audiences.

Directed by John Stevenson and executive produced by Elton John, it features the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige, and Johnny Depp. Despite the firepower of "Black Panther", the year is running 2.6 per cent behind 2017 at U.S and Canada theatres, according to comScore.

Young adult romantic drama Midnight Sun stars Bella Thorne as a teen who has been sheltered at home since childhood due to a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight.

Steven Soderbergh's Unsane, a new psychological horror-thriller starring The Crown's Claire Foy and shot with an iPhone 7. Debuting in limited release was Fox Searchlight's Isle of Dogs, which earned $1.5 million from 27 theaters for an impressive $58,148 per-screen average, Final Portrait which earned $28,214 from three theaters for a $9,405 per-screen average and Getting Grace which took in $107,676 from 60 theaters for a dismal $1,795 per-screen average.

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