'Pacific Rim Uprising' is new No. 1 at box office

It has now made US$630 million domestically; it will have to reach about US$676 million to beat The Avengers, from 2012, to become the biggest superhero film of all time, adjusting for inflation.

The domestic horror film tells the story of seven young people teaming up to experience an abandoned former psychiatric hospital near Seoul, which CNN called one of the freakiest places in the world.

The last hope for box office bounce back lies with director Steven Spielberg's $175 million science fiction film Ready Player One, which opens Thursday.

The sequel to the monsters-vs. -mechwarriors Pacific Rim grossed $28.1M to Black Panther's $17.1M. "March has been a disappointing month that wasn't bolstered by a solid lineup of films that could compare to last year's stellar first-quarter slate". The panned "Pacific Rim" sequel punched its way to the top with a so-so debut, while every other wide release struggled.

Sony/Affirm's faith-based film Paul, Apostle of Christ finished #8, earning $5-M from 1,473 theaters. The sequel clocks in cheaper at $150 million, and Deadline is reporting that the Steven S. DeKnight-helmed movie will need to hit around $350 million globally to break even. 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. Rounding out the Top 5, it dropped 56% in attendance to $10.6 million. That movie also didn't open spectacularly ($37.2 million), and by the end of its run only pulled in a little over $100 million.

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The faith-based film "I Can Only Imagine" made $13.8 million in its second week to finish in third place. The film presents itself as a main event push for its star John Boyega.

Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger's teen romance 'Midnight Sun' rounded out the Top 10 with $4.1 million. "Paul, Apostle of Christ" debuted at eighth-place overall, Sony's religious drama grossed an estimated $5M across 1,473 locations.

Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Unsane sees Claire Foy as a troubled woman stalked by her ex. Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving round out the cast. It collected $3.8 million domestically and another $805,086 from five worldwide markets.

And in limited release, Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated "Isle of Dogs" got off to a healthy start with $1.6 million in 27 theatres.

However, considering it's the film's opening week, there is still a chance to recoup that production cost.

  • Stacy Houston