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Pacific Rim scores massive $45 million debut in China; hopes for sequel alive?

Aug. 5, 2013by: Kevin Woods
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Last week we shared the news that Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM had opened strong in China, with a record-breaking $9 million debut, a new high for any Warner Bros. release and 23% bigger than any of the HARRY POTTER films. The film grossed a huge 70% of market share there upon its opening, giving hope that the film would continue to dominate the international box-office. Now The Hollywood Reporter is sharing that PACIFIC RIM soared to a $45.2 million weekend debut in China, marking the biggest opening of all time for a Warner Bros. title and the sixth-biggest debut of all time for any Hollywood movie.

The strong showing at the Chinese box office pushed the film's international total to $200.4 million and worldwide cumulative to $293.4 million. However, it's still not clear whether del Toro's monsters vs. robots film will break even, considering it cost at least $200 million to make, not factoring in a major marketing spend. Domestically, it has earned a tepid $92.3 million.

Hopes for a sequel hinge on the international performance, but things are looking up as the film's No. 1 weekend finish at the international box office ($53 million from 58 markets) was good news for Legendary, putting PACIFIC RIM just ahead of THE SMURFS 2, which took in $52.5 million from 43 territories this week.

While U.S. theatrical sales are not expected to exceed $100 million, overseas bank is crucial. But international was always a big part of PACIFIC RIM‘s strategy in a crowded summer marketplace, and the successful opening in China now has Legendary thinking sequel. We'll have to wait to hear if plans for a sequel move forward, but keeping an eye on the films international take will give us an idea of whether or not the company will take that chance. I say "Make it happen! We want to see more!".

We'll keep you updated on any potential sequel news for PACIFIC RIM as we hear it.

Extra Tidbit: Would you be excited to see a sequel to PACIFIC RIM happen?

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9:58AM on 08/05/2013

Warner Bros doesn't own Pacific Rim

I just want to clarify something in your article. Legendary fronted the production costs with Warner paying for marketing. Even then, Warner only spent 25% of what usually would take to market a film this big, (probably why the domestic sales sucked so much). Legendary has officially split from Warner and now they are with Universal. Universal has stated that Legendary is free to make fan genre films. Legendary took their Pacific Rim with them. Warner will not be making a sequel to Pacific Rim.
I just want to clarify something in your article. Legendary fronted the production costs with Warner paying for marketing. Even then, Warner only spent 25% of what usually would take to market a film this big, (probably why the domestic sales sucked so much). Legendary has officially split from Warner and now they are with Universal. Universal has stated that Legendary is free to make fan genre films. Legendary took their Pacific Rim with them. Warner will not be making a sequel to Pacific Rim. It depends on if Universal/Legendary want one or not.
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