“Pacific Rim Uprising” launched to a solid start in international markets, opening with $122.5 million in 61 markets.
That $122.5 million includes a $65 million debut in China, bringing its worldwide total to $150 million. Universal and Legendary’s sci-fi tentpole landed $28 million at the domestic box office, and seems to be following the model set by its predecessor, which also saw a strong international showing.
Korea had the second strongest opening with $6.9 million from 429 locations. Other leading territories include Russia ($6.8 million from 1,537 locations), Mexico ($4.9 million from 1,691 locations), and Malaysia ($3.8 million from 149 locations).
The original 2013 film — directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky — grossed $411 million at the worldwide box office, taking in $112 million in China and $101.8 million in the U.S. “Pacific Rim Uprising” has scored a mixed critical consensus, with a current 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and B CinemaScore.
“Uprising,” directed and co-written by Steven S. DeKnight on a $150 million budget, features John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, and Day.
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Meanwhile, the second weekend of Warner Bros. and MGM’s “Tomb Raider” is also seeing boosts from international markets. Roar Uthaug’s action adventure starring Alicia Vikander took in $34.1 million in 66 markets on 20,290 screens. That bolsters its international total to $170 million, with the worldwide tally at $211.7 million.
The sixth weekend of Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is maintaining a similar trajectory, with $12.9 million in 57 territories. Recently, Ryan Coogler’s superhero blockbuster crossed the $100 million mark in China. With a $17 million showing in the domestic box office, that brings its global weekend total to $29.6 million. Since its premiere on Feb. 16, “Black Panther” has grossed $1.23 billion worldwide.
Another Disney title, “A Wrinkle in Time,” opened in the U.K. this weekend to an estimated $900,000. It grossed $2.3 million internationally in 13 territories, which is a 31% decline into its third weekend. With $8 million in 3,423 domestic locations, Ava DuVernay’s time travel fantasy had a global weekend total of $10.3 million, bringing its total worldwide gross to $88 million off a $100 million budget.