'Pacific Rim' tops still-strong 'Black Panther' at box office


Bigger news is the fact that the top grossing superhero movie in North America has now changed.

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.

"Pacific Rim: Uprising" took the top-spot from Disney/Marvel this weekend, bringing in over $28M across 3,708 locations nationwide. That's down almost 25% from the original's opening of $37.3M back in the summer of 2013. Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, and Day also star. The original, which starred Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky, went on to gross US$411 million at the worldwide box office, thanks to a strong global showing, especially in China, where it made US$112 million compared to the US' US$101.8 million. The movie has become the highest-grossing superhero movie in the USA, not adjusted for inflation.

In at fourth place with $10.6 million was Paramount's newly-released "Sherlock Gnomes", a sequel to 2011's "Gnomeo and Juliet". The film, starring Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Rob Riggle, was financed by the Boies/Schiller Film Group. "Pacific Rim: Uprising" debuted there with $65 million for Legendary, which the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group acquired in 2016. The first film, which was directed by Guillermo del Toro, earned $37 million in its first domestic opening weekend.

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In at third for a second week was low-budget, faith-based drama "I Can Only Imagine", which amassed $13.6 million.

In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N'Jadaka/Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue. The film's two-week domestic total now sits at just above $38M. The "I Can Only Imagine" cumulative mark now stands at $38.3 million. "Black Panther", $16.7 million ($12.9 million international). 3. Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time added $8 million to lift its three-week total to $73.9 million. The film dropped 56% during its second weekend and just crossed $40 million domestically. We'll have to see if business picks up for the upcoming Good Friday and Easter weekend.

Unfortunately for Sherlock Gnomes, it doesn't seem likely to have the staying power that allowed The Star to quadruple its opening weekend. Fellow faith-based release Paul, Apostle of Christ lagged far behind at spot number eight, earning $5 million in its first weekend.

Soderbergh's film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, as did Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, which pranced into 27 theaters over the weekend.