Fanboys generated a husky $3.6 million Thursday night, similar to surprise hit “World War Z” ($66 mil debut), but according to early estimates, the $200 million “Pacific Rim” was only tracking around $38 million for the weekend, just as industry analysts projected for the sci-fi tentpole.
“It started off really strong but then it fell off,” one analyst said.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will need a bigger boost overseas, where the film opened with $7.8 million, landing at No. 1 in Korea and Russia Thursday but fourth in Australia. Pic opens in 38 territories this weekend.
Still giving Hollywood’s live-action tentpoles a hard time is Universal’s “Despicable Me 2,” which should win the Stateside box office after crushing “The Lone Ranger” last weekend. The 3D toon, starring Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, is poised to collect $46.5 million over the three-day frame and should cross $200 million in U.S. ticket sales by Saturday.
This weekend’s other newcomer, “Grown Ups 2,” is proving to be another impressive debut for Adam Sandler with approximately $41 million. The original “Grown Ups,” produced for roughly $80 million, went on to earn a splashy $162 million domestically in 2010.