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'Pacific Rim Uprising' dethrones 'Black Panther' at the box office

28 March 2018

Thanks to an impressive box office reign in which it has continued to crush milestones, it is the first film since "Avatar" (2009) to chalk up five consecutive top spots, and the fifth highest-grossing movie ever in the US.

It had to happen at some point and this was the weekend that saw Black Panther's streak as the #1 film at the weekend box office come to an end at the hands of Pacific Rim Uprising.

In its sixth week of release, "Black Panther" earned nearly $17 million, according to Box Office Mojo. It is the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim, with Guillermo del Toro, director of the original, serving as a producer.

Universal and Legendary Pictures opened the sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising, co-written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight, into 3,708 theaters on Friday. Another religious-themed film debuted this weekend, this one to much poorer numbers than I Can Only Imagine as Paul, Apostle of Christ opened to an estimated $5M from 1,473 theaters for a per screen average of $3,394.

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Directed by Andrew Hyatt, the film also stars Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley, and John Lynch. You can take a look at the top 10 below, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, and check back on Tuesday for next weekend's predictions.

With the $16.7 million included, "Black Panther" boasts $630.9 million in total U.S. earnings. This weekend's haul brings its domestic total to $630.9 million, pushing it past 2012's The Avengers to become the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, and the highest-grossing MCU movie as well.

Also new to theaters in wide release was Sherlock Gnomes, which earned a mediocre $10.6 million; its predecessor, Gnomeo and Juliet, opened to $25.3 million in 2011. Paramount and MGM are hopeful that the family film, coming in No. 4, will benefit from the upcoming Easter holiday and spring break.

The reboot "Tomb Raider" took fifth place with $10.1 million.

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"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. Meanwhile, A Wrinkle in Time added $8 million to lift its three-week total to $73.9 million. It isn't doing much better overseas with another $2.3 million and just $14.1 million total in just 31% of worldwide territories. "I Can Only Imagine", $13.8 million. 4.

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

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.

Young adult romantic drama Midnight Sun stars Bella Thorne as a teen who has been sheltered at home since childhood due to a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight.

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'Pacific Rim Uprising' dethrones 'Black Panther' at the box office