Universal and Legendary’s “Pacific Rim Uprising” landed a modest $28 million opening weekend at 3,708 locations. The monster battle movie has garnered mixed critical response, with a current 46% on Rotten Tomatoes. Though it opened with a softer debut than Guillermo del Toro’s predecessor “Pacific Rim,” which saw $37 million in July 2013, the sequel was enough to dethrone “Black Panther” in the superhero tentpole’s sixth weekend.
“We’re really pleased with the overall worldwide launch of this title,” Jim Orr, president of domestic distribution at Universal, said. “It was engineered to be a global event, which it delivered on. It’s very rewarding to be No.1 at the box office and to dethrone the former champion is obviously satisfying. They had a great run.”
Like the original, “Pacific Rim Uprising” launched to a solid start in international markets, opening with $122.5 million in 61 markets. China had the top international territory with a $65 million debut, bringing its worldwide total up to $150 million.