×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Pacific Rim’ Fails to Wow Japanese Audiences

Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' topples Del Toro's Monster-Robot Mashup

TOKYO — In what was supposed to be one of its friendliest foreign markets, Japan, “Pacific Rim” ended its opening weekend, August 10-11, with a so-so sixth rank on the box office chart.

The Guillermo del Toro robots-versus-monsters epic, inspired by Japanese kaiju (monster) pics, scored $3.04 million from 134,506 admissions.

Meanwhile the other big Hollywood opener, “World War Z,” earned $3.38 million for the number two slot, selling 236,910 tickets.

SEE ALSO: “Elysium” Is Latest Hollywood Original to Flounder

The Hayao Miyazaki-directed toon “The Wind Rises” won its fourth weekend in a row, boosting its total to $57 million. For the year to date, this is second only to “Monsters University,” with a total of $68 million on 4.5 million admissions.

Prior to the opening of “World War Z,” both Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie made the PR rounds in Japan. “Pacific Rim” helmer Guillermo del Toro and star Rinko Kikuchi also appeared before the fans, but local coverage centered on the charming nine-year-old Mana Ashida, who has a supporting role in the pic.

But neither Ashida nor Kikuchi have the star power of Pitt. Also, their pic lacked the sort of franchise branding that powered the many knock-offs and spin-offs of the original “Godzilla” (1954) to B.O. heights in Japan, until the series finally began to flag.

The last “Godzilla” pic, “Godzilla: Final Wars”(2004) finished with a mediocre $13 million at the Japanese BO and producer Toho has no immediate plans to make another, though it is distribbing the Hollywood “Godzilla” reboot that Gareth Edwards is helming and Warner and Legendary Pictures are producing. Release is skedded for May, 2014.

The okay performance of “Pacific Rim” in Japan stands in contrast to its powerful showing in China. There it held on to its number one spot for the second week, taking $33.9 million despite strong competition from local franchise movie “Tiny Times 2.0.” That lifted its cumulative total to $79.5 million.

Budgeted at nearly $200 million, “Pacific Rim” has earned $344 million worldwide.

More Film

  • 'Shazam!' Review: Zachary Levi is Pure

    Film Review: 'Shazam!'

    In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday

    More than 750 showrunners and screenwriters have backed the WGA’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and other changes to the rules governing the business relationship between agents and writers. The letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood. Several showrunners had recently [...]

  • Doppelgänger Red (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adelaide

    Box Office: 'Us' on Track for Second-Highest Debut of 2019 With $67 Million

    Jordan Peele’s “Us” is on its way to scaring up one of the biggest debuts of 2019, with an estimated $67 million from 3,741 North American locations. Should estimates hold, “Us” will be able to claim several milestones: the highest debut for an original horror movie (the biggest launch for any horror pic goes to [...]

  • NF_D_JGN-D6-2160.cr2

    Film Review: 'The Dirt'

    A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm [...]

  • James Newton Howard Danny Elfman

    New Trend in Concert Halls: Original Music by Movie Composers — No Film Required

    Movie and TV composers are in greater demand than ever for, surprisingly, new music for the concert hall. For decades, concert commissions for film composers were few and far between. The increasing popularity of John Williams’ film music, and his visibility as conductor of the Boston Pops in the 1980s and ’90s, led to his [...]

  • Idris Elba Netflix 'Turn Up Charlie'

    Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in 'Mouse Guard'

    Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing. Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content