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

Globally, Black Panther finished Sunday with $1.237 billion in ticket sales, passing up Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion) to rank as the No. 3 superhero title of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion).

Pacific Rim: Uprising premiered in the Number One spot at the box office with $28 Million.

The sci-fi sequel had a softer opening than 2013's "Pacific Rim", which opened with $37 million in July of that year.

John Boyega and Scott Eastwood lead the cast of Pacifc Rim 2, with Steven S. DeKnight helming in his feature directorial debut.

Pacific Rim Uprising had an uphill climb from the get-go, considering that the first film was an overall disappointment at the domestic box office.

ComicBook.com's Kofi Outlaw gave the film a three-star review, saying, "In the end, Pacific Rim: Uprising is a monsters vs. robots movie that's been streamlined to accent its biggest selling point".

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions' faith-based I Can Only Imagine, based on the popular best-selling song, held up well in its second weekend after an astounding $17 million opening last weekend.

The new film received bad reviews and represents another box office flop for Paramount.

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With the $16.7 million included, "Black Panther" boasts $630.9 million in total United States earnings.

The Marvel smash hit, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o, has earned $631 million in the U.S. and Canada - overtaking "The Avengers" (2012) as the highest-grossing superhero film in U.S. history. The first film grossed $25.4 million by comparison, and Sherlock Gnomes is the lowest start for a wide-release animated film since The Star hit $9.8 million in November.

"Rim 2" will likely follow in the footsteps of the first film, which did OK domestically ($100 million) but made coin overseas - particularly in Asia, where they love giant robots and monsters knocking the shite out of each other on screen. Rounding out the top five was Tomb Raider, which fell 56% in its second weekend for a haul of $10.4 million (total gross $41.7 million).

Unfortunately for Sherlock Gnomes, it doesn't seem likely to have the staying power that allowed The Star to quadruple its opening weekend.

Per studio estimates, "Pacific Rim Uprising" will close the weekend with $28.0 million in receipts. "A Wrinkle in Time", $8 million. 7. The R-rated ensemble comedy now stands at $60.8 million domestically and $94.8 million worldwide.

Love, Simon suffered a similar drop in its second week to those films, earning just $7.8 million capping its two-week total around $23.7 million.

Midnight Sun, a teen romantic drama, opened in tenth place for Global Road with an estimated $4.1 million from 2,173 locations.

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