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Box Office: ‘Pacific’ on the Rim of Disappointment Stateside, Beat By ‘Grown Ups,’ ‘Despicable Me’ Sequels

Pacific Rim” landed in second place Friday with $14.6 million, which is about the best it can expect to do this weekend as it gets overtaken by a critically-smeared sequel and a beloved toon holdover.

Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures’ giant-robot-meets-giant-monster actioner started the frame strongly with a higher-than-expected $3.6 million from late Thursday showings and an 11th hour spike in advance ticket sales — a typical early turnout for fanboy-driven pics. However, even this modest momentum doesn’t appear as though it will hold, as the $185 million-plus budgeted pic looks like it will fall to third place around $38 million on Sunday.

The really contentious battle is happening above “Pacific Rim,” where Sony’s “Grown Ups 2” and Universal-Illumination Entertainment’s “Despicable Me 2” may become more or less tied for first.

Pre-weekend predictors had “Despicable Me 2” holding first in its soph sesh, but it now looks like both films will walk away with $43 million this weekend, “Grown Ups 2” perhaps with a slight edge on the toon.

Friday, “Grown Ups 2” earned $16.3 million whereas “Despicable Me 2” took $13.4 million, below “Pacific Rim” but an unfair indicator of box office success as families  tend to avoid the Friday night rush at plexes.

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“Pacific Rim’s” hopes for salvation now lie with international auds. Pic has earned $19.3 million to date from 38 markets, which reps about 45% of the int’l landscape. It has yet to open in China or Japan, which are expected to give the film a solid boost.

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