"Pacific Rim" monsters dethrone "Black Panther" superhero at box office

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Black Panther has finally been de-throned as the number one film in the United States of America after six weeks, as Pacific Rim: Uprising marched to the top of the box office.

Legendary and Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising was the film to finally dethrone Black Panther at the domestic box office upon opening to a tepid $28 million from 2,850 theaters.

Of course, at this point it should be recognized that this is basically exactly what happened with the first Pacific Rim back in the summer of 2013.

Pacific Rim 2, set mostly in China is bigger player overseas, where the $150-M film debuted to $122.5-M. The movie, which now sits at a 21 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, performed below $15 million expectations with a disappointing $10.6 million, good for fourth place.

It marks yet another record breaking weekend for the Disney film, which has beaten The Avengers to become the highest-grossing superhero film of all time in the States, and the fifth highest grossing film of all time at the USA box office.

The animated comedy, Sherlock Gnomes, was third with $11-million.

Paul, Apostle of Christ is a 2018 American biblical drama film written and directed by Andrew Hyatt. Thanks to its $16.6 million take, the domestic total has been pushed up to $630.9 million, making it the most successful comic book movie in the history of the domestic box office. Rounding out the Top 5, it dropped 56% in attendance to $10.6 million. "[Pacific Rim Uprising] was engineered to be a global event, which it delivered on". In fact its strong push kind of distracts us from the film's own unabated mission at the box office.

Following I Can Only Imagine's success, biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ opened in line with estimates with US$5 million at 1,473 sites over Palm Sunday weekend.

The Ryan Coogler-directed film stars Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Bleecker Street and Soderbergh's Fingerprint Releasing are handling the movie, which reportedly cost a mere $1.5-M to make.

"We just wanted to be out there to give his audience an opportunity to find the film", said Frank Rodriguez, distribution head for Searchlight. It has now taken in $38.3 million from just a $7 million budget. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" grossed $175 million worldwide in 2014.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theatres, according to comScore.