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More hope for a Pacific Rim sequel thanks to box office sales in China

07.31.2013

Thanks to record setting sales in China, it looks like a sequel to PACIFIC RIM is likely to happen.

In the words of Homer Simpson, "WOOHOO!" Or in the words of a robot, "beep noises". Or in the words of a monster, "RAWWW!" Okay sorry, that was lame. But I'm kind of excited about seeing a follow-up. Not to mention, who doesn't want more monsters and robots beating the crap out of each other? I know I do!

This Wednesday Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi epic opened to the tune of $9 million. That's more than any Warner Bros. film that has released in China, even more than HARRY POTTER. The film was already number one internationally as of last week, and opened today in Japan and Spain. Then there's an opening in Brazil on August 9th. So there's still more to rake in.

Not sure as of yet if the flick will make any money since the budget out of Industrial Light & Magic was $180-$220 million. Right now the film sits at $140 million overseas but is not likely to hit over $100 million here in the States.

Despite that, there's definitely a rather large crowd ready to see a follow-up. This means that screenwriter Travis Beacham and Del Toro have some planning ahead of them. When will it happen? Not sure since Del Toro has several projects up. This again if it even gets made, I did say likely.

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11:31AM on 08/02/2013

Eh...

I actually really liked how the story wrapped, and thought it was a great stand alone film. While a sequel could be cool, I hope it isn't rushed & that the story comes from an organic place. But, if the Kaijus just start coming out of the Atlantic, and they call the film George's Bank or some shit, count me out.
I actually really liked how the story wrapped, and thought it was a great stand alone film. While a sequel could be cool, I hope it isn't rushed & that the story comes from an organic place. But, if the Kaijus just start coming out of the Atlantic, and they call the film George's Bank or some shit, count me out.
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5:54AM on 08/02/2013
There's an obvious "Clone Wars" type tv series in the show. All those years that are skipped over in the first 5 minutes.
There's an obvious "Clone Wars" type tv series in the show. All those years that are skipped over in the first 5 minutes.
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5:52AM on 08/02/2013
There's money in mentioning China in your movie nowadays.
How did Looper do in China?
There's money in mentioning China in your movie nowadays.
How did Looper do in China?
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7:47PM on 08/01/2013

The movie was great....

....The trailers killed this movie in America. Every person I've spoken with who didn't see this movie told me that based on the trailers they figured it was Transformers vs giant monsters. They didn't market this movie correctly to reach a wider fan base. They didn't find that one thing that makes people understand it's a movie worth seeing (other than the people who wanted to see a robot vs monster movie).
....The trailers killed this movie in America. Every person I've spoken with who didn't see this movie told me that based on the trailers they figured it was Transformers vs giant monsters. They didn't market this movie correctly to reach a wider fan base. They didn't find that one thing that makes people understand it's a movie worth seeing (other than the people who wanted to see a robot vs monster movie).
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7:44PM on 08/01/2013

The movie was great....

....The trailers killed this movie in America. Every person I've spoken with who didn't see this movie told me that based on the trailers they figured it was Transformers vs giant monsters. They didn't market this movie correctly to reach a wider fan base. They didn't find that one thing that makes people understand it's a movie worth seeing (other than the people who wanted to see a robot vs monster movie).
....The trailers killed this movie in America. Every person I've spoken with who didn't see this movie told me that based on the trailers they figured it was Transformers vs giant monsters. They didn't market this movie correctly to reach a wider fan base. They didn't find that one thing that makes people understand it's a movie worth seeing (other than the people who wanted to see a robot vs monster movie).
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10:56AM on 08/01/2013
Fine with me but after Del Toro finishes Crimson Peak, Frankenstein, Haunted Mansion, Hellboy 3, and At the Mountains of Madness PLEASE!
Fine with me but after Del Toro finishes Crimson Peak, Frankenstein, Haunted Mansion, Hellboy 3, and At the Mountains of Madness PLEASE!
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8:57AM on 08/01/2013

Come on Asia..

You can do it!!
You can do it!!
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8:30AM on 08/01/2013

What & What

Article's purpose is to talk about a sequel but the movie might not even make a profit!?
And China's record setting weekend was $9 million and the population there is like 20 billion?!
Article's purpose is to talk about a sequel but the movie might not even make a profit!?
And China's record setting weekend was $9 million and the population there is like 20 billion?!
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12:57AM on 08/02/2013
The majority of chinese ppl are poor. Most Chinese ppl buy the extremely cheap boot leg, which costs about what would be one American dollar depending on where you are, but the movie theaters are expensive, more like 20 American dollars. When I was there in '07, I was in Harbin, a relatively poorer area but not just a bunch of farmers and stuff. But there I was told that the average worker makes about 300$ American dollars a month, so imagine spending 20$ on that when you can pay a $1 to see
The majority of chinese ppl are poor. Most Chinese ppl buy the extremely cheap boot leg, which costs about what would be one American dollar depending on where you are, but the movie theaters are expensive, more like 20 American dollars. When I was there in '07, I was in Harbin, a relatively poorer area but not just a bunch of farmers and stuff. But there I was told that the average worker makes about 300$ American dollars a month, so imagine spending 20$ on that when you can pay a $1 to see the bootleg.
7:53AM on 08/01/2013

Woohoo!!

I'm asian & i have watched twice since its opening at malaysia..can't see why some bash it like cheapo low budget movie...i mean the story is so-so & conversation like..anime-like..but i pay for this movie bcos of the great camera angle, robot, monsters..it feels like watching neon genesis evangelion live but western style..
I'm asian & i have watched twice since its opening at malaysia..can't see why some bash it like cheapo low budget movie...i mean the story is so-so & conversation like..anime-like..but i pay for this movie bcos of the great camera angle, robot, monsters..it feels like watching neon genesis evangelion live but western style..
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7:40AM on 08/01/2013
NOooooooo! I really don't want to hear more about Pacific Rim. Admit it the first one could have been so much better.
NOooooooo! I really don't want to hear more about Pacific Rim. Admit it the first one could have been so much better.
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7:33AM on 08/01/2013
Asian audiences this week went to see a movie about robots and monsters. In other news, the sky was blue today.
Asian audiences this week went to see a movie about robots and monsters. In other news, the sky was blue today.
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6:53AM on 08/01/2013

Hmmm...

So here's what I've heard as reasons to make a sequel:
1) Unclear if this movie will make a profit
2) See #1
O....k....
So here's what I've heard as reasons to make a sequel:
1) Unclear if this movie will make a profit
2) See #1
O....k....
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2:17AM on 08/01/2013

Hate to be a party pooper ...

but am I the only one who thinks that this isn't a good idea? Yeah, Pacific Rim kicked ass and a half, and is by far my favorite movie thus far this summer (and is most likely gonna make my "best movies of all time" personal list), but really, I think that this movie ended so perfectly, that a sequel just sounds like they're forcing it to continue. Sometimes it's best to let a movie stand alone. Sometimes, it's good to not sequelize the living crap out of every franchise. True, the sequel
but am I the only one who thinks that this isn't a good idea? Yeah, Pacific Rim kicked ass and a half, and is by far my favorite movie thus far this summer (and is most likely gonna make my "best movies of all time" personal list), but really, I think that this movie ended so perfectly, that a sequel just sounds like they're forcing it to continue. Sometimes it's best to let a movie stand alone. Sometimes, it's good to not sequelize the living crap out of every franchise. True, the sequel may be just as good, if not better, than the first, but everything was neatly wrapped at the movie's end. Bringing in more Kaiju from this other universe would just seemed forced, IMHO. So I, for one, am happy with Pacific Rim as it is, and would, for a change, like to keep Hollywood's greedy mitts out of it. No sequels, plz.
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7:49AM on 08/01/2013
normally youd have a point, but Del Toro said from day one that he had at least two films planned and could possibly see a trilogy. its not forced (see the Matrix) if its planned ahead. plus Del Toro has a knack for making great sequels (see Blade 2 and Hellboy 2)
normally youd have a point, but Del Toro said from day one that he had at least two films planned and could possibly see a trilogy. its not forced (see the Matrix) if its planned ahead. plus Del Toro has a knack for making great sequels (see Blade 2 and Hellboy 2)
5:46PM on 08/01/2013
@violentbuddha "its not forced (see the Matrix) if its planned aheadf" Really? It's not forced that EVERY movie is announced as a trilogy from the beginning, just as an excuse to make possible sequels.
@violentbuddha "its not forced (see the Matrix) if its planned aheadf" Really? It's not forced that EVERY movie is announced as a trilogy from the beginning, just as an excuse to make possible sequels.
7:47PM on 08/01/2013
Not forced at all. They blew up the bridge....so what's stopping the aliens from making a new bridge? They won a single battle in a bigger war, so there's nothing forced about continuing the saga.
Not forced at all. They blew up the bridge....so what's stopping the aliens from making a new bridge? They won a single battle in a bigger war, so there's nothing forced about continuing the saga.
9:07AM on 08/02/2013
looking ahead to a trilogy has become stock in Hollywood and i am not a fan. but what i CANNOT ABIDE is making a solid movie that is obviously a stand alone, having it make bank, then Hollywood wedges in two more to cash in on the name. Thats what i think happened with the Matrix, and thats why Reloaded was hit and miss and Revolutions was so bad.
looking ahead to a trilogy has become stock in Hollywood and i am not a fan. but what i CANNOT ABIDE is making a solid movie that is obviously a stand alone, having it make bank, then Hollywood wedges in two more to cash in on the name. Thats what i think happened with the Matrix, and thats why Reloaded was hit and miss and Revolutions was so bad.
12:49AM on 08/01/2013

This is how it works now

American audiences are no longer the deciding force when it comes to which movies count as successes and which count as failures. And frankly, I'm glad. We've had terrible taste for the past couple decades.
American audiences are no longer the deciding force when it comes to which movies count as successes and which count as failures. And frankly, I'm glad. We've had terrible taste for the past couple decades.
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11:43PM on 07/31/2013
While I like this news, I'm in the camp that thinks Hellboy 3 should be more of a priority than Pacific Rim 2, in terms of Del Toro sequels.
While I like this news, I'm in the camp that thinks Hellboy 3 should be more of a priority than Pacific Rim 2, in terms of Del Toro sequels.
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7:55AM on 08/01/2013
yea, i totally agree with you..back to the hellboy 2, & that's it? end of story? no way..should have hellboy 3..at least i enjoy hellboy more than thor
yea, i totally agree with you..back to the hellboy 2, & that's it? end of story? no way..should have hellboy 3..at least i enjoy hellboy more than thor
11:31PM on 07/31/2013

Was that a typo?

Cause in the grand scheme of things, 9 million doesn't seem like a lot...
Cause in the grand scheme of things, 9 million doesn't seem like a lot...
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11:14PM on 07/31/2013
*beep noises*
*beep noises*
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11:03PM on 07/31/2013

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I really hope that this happens :) the first one was the most amazing intense time I have had at the movies in a very long time. Everything about it was perfect and fun. I just hope for more intense and fun times.
I really hope that this happens :) the first one was the most amazing intense time I have had at the movies in a very long time. Everything about it was perfect and fun. I just hope for more intense and fun times.
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10:24PM on 07/31/2013
I am very happy for this news. I still cannot believe how poorly the film has done in the states, especially when competing against an Adam Sandler flick. It's amazing that people would pass up what is one of the best films of the year, especially when so much garbage has done so well this summer.
I am very happy for this news. I still cannot believe how poorly the film has done in the states, especially when competing against an Adam Sandler flick. It's amazing that people would pass up what is one of the best films of the year, especially when so much garbage has done so well this summer.
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10:09PM on 07/31/2013

Amazing news.

Amazing news all-around. I was nervous when I read how poorly it has been doing in the States, but I completely forgot about international stuff. Pacific Rim is quite an incredible film. Anyone who says it's "Transformers, but better" is doing it a great injustice. This film should never be compared to Transformers... I realize now how stupid Transformers movies are. They can have their fun moments and cool action sequences, but you don't feel the passion that goes into them.

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Amazing news all-around. I was nervous when I read how poorly it has been doing in the States, but I completely forgot about international stuff. Pacific Rim is quite an incredible film. Anyone who says it's "Transformers, but better" is doing it a great injustice. This film should never be compared to Transformers... I realize now how stupid Transformers movies are. They can have their fun moments and cool action sequences, but you don't feel the passion that goes into them.

Pacific Rim oozes with passion, and you can feel it throughout the entire film. Amazing movie.

A sequel would mean more battles, and I think it would be a good way to pick up the slack on the first movie. I'm not usually one to say "Needed more battles", but in the case of Pacific Rim and considering how masterfully-directed and enthralling they were, I think the movie could have benefited from even one or two more battles.

Don't make it non-stop action, so as not to desensitize the audience, but I trust that Guillermo del Toro (if he's directing it) will find a perfect balance. The only complaint I have for Pacific Rim was its unbalanced nature regarding action and drama. A sequel could benefit greatly!

Great news :D
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10:04PM on 07/31/2013
Why can't we have a Combiner Robot (a la Power Rangers Big Robot) in a Pacific Rim-esque seriousness movie?
Why can't we have a Combiner Robot (a la Power Rangers Big Robot) in a Pacific Rim-esque seriousness movie?
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10:00PM on 07/31/2013
It was pretty much guaranteed that this would do well in the Asia-Pacific (whee) region. Definitely deserves a sequel, this set itself apart from Transformers, Battleship and the like with the imagination and love for its inspirations put on display. Not quite related, but I did just read an article about China owing US film distributors tens of millions of dollars [link] ">
It was pretty much guaranteed that this would do well in the Asia-Pacific (whee) region. Definitely deserves a sequel, this set itself apart from Transformers, Battleship and the like with the imagination and love for its inspirations put on display. Not quite related, but I did just read an article about China owing US film distributors tens of millions of dollars [link]
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9:59PM on 07/31/2013
Hey, thanks China!
Hey, thanks China!
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9:47PM on 07/31/2013
Definitely hope so I love the world that was created.
Definitely hope so I love the world that was created.
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9:38PM on 07/31/2013
Great news! Loved the first one very much and am very excited to see where Del Toro takes the characters next. Like I said in my previous post about a possible sequel, I will be there opening night to support this.
Great news! Loved the first one very much and am very excited to see where Del Toro takes the characters next. Like I said in my previous post about a possible sequel, I will be there opening night to support this.
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