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Will Pacific Rim bomb? Fandango shows the movie tracking along the lines of World War Z

Jul. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy

We brought you the alarming news that PACIFIC RIM was in danger of being not only a box office bomb of LONE RANGER proportions but also may make half as much as the Adam Sandler "movie" GROWN UPS 2. Fanboys across the Internet groaned in unison at the prospect which did not seem to worry director Guillermo Del Toro despite a massive last ditch marketing push for the monster movie in the form of posters, clips, and multiple final trailers.

Now just a day before both films open, Fandango has released a report that PACIFIC RIM is accounting for 60% of their ticket sales for this weekend and is rating a 90 out of 100 on their buzz scale. In comparison, DESPICABLE ME 2 is scoring an 87 and GROWN UPS 2 at 85. This bodes well for Del Toro and Warner Bros. prospects yet may still only result in a $40 million opening weekend.

Fandango also sees PACIFIC RIM tracking along the same lines as WORLD WAR Z which has gone on to gross $166 million domestically and $371 worldwide. PACIFIC RIM has the potential for excellent numbers in foreign markets with an international cast. Hopefully this will result in a success for the studio and Del Toro who have already discussed potential sequels to the movie. We should have a better idea come Monday.

PACIFIC RIM opens everywhere tomorrow.

Source: Fandango

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4:25AM on 07/12/2013

International Cast?

Since when this is a reason for people outside of the US (i'm one of them) to go and see a movie?
As long as you don't do slo-mo shots of the US flag and do that whole "Independence Day"/Armageddon crap of "finally, the Americans are doing something".
But no one knows that unless they see the movie.
Since when this is a reason for people outside of the US (i'm one of them) to go and see a movie?
As long as you don't do slo-mo shots of the US flag and do that whole "Independence Day"/Armageddon crap of "finally, the Americans are doing something".
But no one knows that unless they see the movie.
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3:16AM on 07/12/2013
As much as I like Del Toro I just so want this movie to bomb big fucking time! It just doesn't seem interesting to me & no better than Transformers, Real Steel & even Godzilla.
As much as I like Del Toro I just so want this movie to bomb big fucking time! It just doesn't seem interesting to me & no better than Transformers, Real Steel & even Godzilla.
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12:28AM on 07/12/2013
Shit's gonna sink like the titanic
Shit's gonna sink like the titanic
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12:18AM on 07/12/2013

Just saw it at the IMAX...

Wow. Just wow. I walked out of the theater feeling like this is what I had been waiting to see all summer. Of course, I get home and start to read reviews and message boards - which all seem to be negative and bitching about the script/dialogue/lack of character depth. (Then I remembered that it is the internet; where everything is shit upon regardless) To those people I want to say that I feel sorry for you. I can't imagine not being able to enjoy a fun time at the movies because your head is
Wow. Just wow. I walked out of the theater feeling like this is what I had been waiting to see all summer. Of course, I get home and start to read reviews and message boards - which all seem to be negative and bitching about the script/dialogue/lack of character depth. (Then I remembered that it is the internet; where everything is shit upon regardless) To those people I want to say that I feel sorry for you. I can't imagine not being able to enjoy a fun time at the movies because your head is shoved so far up your cynical ass.

Bottom line: I had a blast watching this movie and I'm not even that much of an action movie fan.
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1:10AM on 07/12/2013
Maybe they're bitching cuz the movie sucks and you are easily entertained.
Maybe they're bitching cuz the movie sucks and you are easily entertained.
2:15AM on 07/12/2013
easily entertained? hardly. as i stated - i'm not usually inclined to watch big action flicks or cgi-candy. but this was just a fun bit of sci-fi that understood what it was and didn't try to be more than that. but thank you for the negativity and personal slam, especially since you do not know anything about me. someday i dream of being an asshole, too.
easily entertained? hardly. as i stated - i'm not usually inclined to watch big action flicks or cgi-candy. but this was just a fun bit of sci-fi that understood what it was and didn't try to be more than that. but thank you for the negativity and personal slam, especially since you do not know anything about me. someday i dream of being an asshole, too.
12:17AM on 07/12/2013
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12:12AM on 07/12/2013
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12:08AM on 07/12/2013
If this film bombs, it will be a damn shame. Saw this earlier this week and I will be seeing it again next week. It's an awesome movie and everyone should be seeing it this weekend.
If this film bombs, it will be a damn shame. Saw this earlier this week and I will be seeing it again next week. It's an awesome movie and everyone should be seeing it this weekend.
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12:31AM on 07/12/2013
Totally agree. There is no way or reason this film should bomb. It's just too much damn fun and awesome to be considered a failure.
Totally agree. There is no way or reason this film should bomb. It's just too much damn fun and awesome to be considered a failure.
12:02AM on 07/12/2013
And like someone said below already, stay through the credits.
And like someone said below already, stay through the credits.
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12:01AM on 07/12/2013
Just got back from seeing it. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. It was nothing but non stop fun and action. It was visually striking and the battle/fight scene were awesome. My theater wasn't completely full, but everyone who was there absolutely loved it and were talking about how great it was while walking out.

Personally I think Pacific Rim is THE FILM of the summer. I enjoyed it alot more than Iron Man 3, Star Trek 2, and Man of Steel.
Just got back from seeing it. GO SEE THIS MOVIE. It was nothing but non stop fun and action. It was visually striking and the battle/fight scene were awesome. My theater wasn't completely full, but everyone who was there absolutely loved it and were talking about how great it was while walking out.

Personally I think Pacific Rim is THE FILM of the summer. I enjoyed it alot more than Iron Man 3, Star Trek 2, and Man of Steel.
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12:17AM on 07/12/2013
Agreed. It really deserves more success than those films. Sadly, not having those built-in audiences will keep it from achieving that.
Agreed. It really deserves more success than those films. Sadly, not having those built-in audiences will keep it from achieving that.
12:29AM on 07/12/2013
True. I just think that this film was the film of the summer that we have all been waiting for. It hit its mark more than any other film that came out this summer.
True. I just think that this film was the film of the summer that we have all been waiting for. It hit its mark more than any other film that came out this summer.
10:55PM on 07/11/2013

GO SEE IT

It opened in metro Atlanta tonight and I caught it... I was pleasantly surprised. I won't get into any details but I will say that the entire theater (which was MAYBE half-full) was fully engaged and it was a damn solid movie. Not perfect by any stretch, but still extremely entertaining and engrossing. Also, stick around through the credits.
It opened in metro Atlanta tonight and I caught it... I was pleasantly surprised. I won't get into any details but I will say that the entire theater (which was MAYBE half-full) was fully engaged and it was a damn solid movie. Not perfect by any stretch, but still extremely entertaining and engrossing. Also, stick around through the credits.
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10:53PM on 07/11/2013

GO SEE IT

It opened in metro Atlanta tonight and I caught it... I was pleasantly surprised. I won't get into any details but I will say that the entire theater (which was MAYBE half-full) was fully engaged and it was a damn solid movie. Not perfect by any stretch, but still extremely entertaining and engrossing. Also, stick around through the credits.
It opened in metro Atlanta tonight and I caught it... I was pleasantly surprised. I won't get into any details but I will say that the entire theater (which was MAYBE half-full) was fully engaged and it was a damn solid movie. Not perfect by any stretch, but still extremely entertaining and engrossing. Also, stick around through the credits.
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10:45PM on 07/11/2013
I'll definately watch this this weekend and I realllly want this film to not fail. I only say this because if it does fail it might not be good for Del Toro's other projects like "At the mountain of madness or Justice leauge dark!!"
I'll definately watch this this weekend and I realllly want this film to not fail. I only say this because if it does fail it might not be good for Del Toro's other projects like "At the mountain of madness or Justice leauge dark!!"
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10:15PM on 07/11/2013

This Movie Deserves To Make A Lot Of Money!

Saw it last night and it's a visual buffet of epic proportions. Amazing CGI and f*cking badass battles between the Jaegers and the fearsome Kaiju. It's far from perfect, but Del Toro delivers the goods in grand fashion and deserves to be recognized for this. The movie deserves to make a shitload of cash, and for the sake of all things good in Hollywood, deserves to crush all competition for the next couple of weeks.
Saw it last night and it's a visual buffet of epic proportions. Amazing CGI and f*cking badass battles between the Jaegers and the fearsome Kaiju. It's far from perfect, but Del Toro delivers the goods in grand fashion and deserves to be recognized for this. The movie deserves to make a shitload of cash, and for the sake of all things good in Hollywood, deserves to crush all competition for the next couple of weeks.
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9:59PM on 07/11/2013

It won't bomb

I think Geeks around the world have united to ensure that Pacific Rim makes money. People are going crazy for this thing. I even saw a pretty funny parody of it that made me laugh more than a few times.
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I think Geeks around the world have united to ensure that Pacific Rim makes money. People are going crazy for this thing. I even saw a pretty funny parody of it that made me laugh more than a few times.
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9:15PM on 07/11/2013

D:

I'm going Friday! Love GDT!
I'm going Friday! Love GDT!
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7:35PM on 07/11/2013
I'm going to see this at the IMAX on Saturday. I never see IMAX movies. Last one for me was Avatar.
I'm going to see this at the IMAX on Saturday. I never see IMAX movies. Last one for me was Avatar.
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10:55PM on 07/11/2013
dkev: I saw it on something Carmike has called "Big D" which is basically IMAX Lite... I think I may have to go see it again on IMAX. All I kept thinking was, "How *&%*ing awesome would this be on IMAX??"
dkev: I saw it on something Carmike has called "Big D" which is basically IMAX Lite... I think I may have to go see it again on IMAX. All I kept thinking was, "How *&%*ing awesome would this be on IMAX??"
7:26PM on 07/11/2013

I hope this does well

Everyone bashed, scott pilgrim, and evil dead (remake) and look how that turned out I think SP was in the BO for like 2 weeks i believe. and Evil dead was in their for a while I kno alot of other movies that people said would fail and it killed it at the BO i can't remember the titles now though. So lets hope PR does the same.
Everyone bashed, scott pilgrim, and evil dead (remake) and look how that turned out I think SP was in the BO for like 2 weeks i believe. and Evil dead was in their for a while I kno alot of other movies that people said would fail and it killed it at the BO i can't remember the titles now though. So lets hope PR does the same.
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7:00PM on 07/11/2013
It'll probably make 150 million in the U.S., and 350 million worldwide. It isn't gonna be a massive success, but it certainly won't be a bomb.
It'll probably make 150 million in the U.S., and 350 million worldwide. It isn't gonna be a massive success, but it certainly won't be a bomb.
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6:48PM on 07/11/2013

I hope so...

however given the lack of intelligence among movie goers in America and the rest of the planet, I'm expecting the worst.
however given the lack of intelligence among movie goers in America and the rest of the planet, I'm expecting the worst.
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7:36PM on 07/11/2013
Intelligence? This movie looks dumb. It looks great, it looks fun, it looks like a blast, but man the dialogue is awful. Just look at the scene above. Complain about not enough moviegoers seeing Frances Ha or Stories We Tell. Not this piece of brainless eye candy.
Intelligence? This movie looks dumb. It looks great, it looks fun, it looks like a blast, but man the dialogue is awful. Just look at the scene above. Complain about not enough moviegoers seeing Frances Ha or Stories We Tell. Not this piece of brainless eye candy.
9:51PM on 07/11/2013
@genaros_bear: Thank you.
@genaros_bear: Thank you.
6:43PM on 07/11/2013
Seeing it tonight in 3D. Can't wait.
Seeing it tonight in 3D. Can't wait.
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6:29PM on 07/11/2013
The budget is a massive 180 million dollars. It should be able to pass 100 million domestically. Might even be able to hit 130 million but I highly doubt it can get the 300 million plus needed overseas to break even. Sad because this movie looks great. But anyway I'll be helping the film out this weekend by giving it $15.75
The budget is a massive 180 million dollars. It should be able to pass 100 million domestically. Might even be able to hit 130 million but I highly doubt it can get the 300 million plus needed overseas to break even. Sad because this movie looks great. But anyway I'll be helping the film out this weekend by giving it $15.75
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6:18PM on 07/11/2013
I read the review and it is pretty much what I would expect, all about the robot vs monster battles and probably not much human element. I still very much plan on seeing it, but I never really thought it would be a human story more than just fun visuals. He's hoping I enjoy it
I read the review and it is pretty much what I would expect, all about the robot vs monster battles and probably not much human element. I still very much plan on seeing it, but I never really thought it would be a human story more than just fun visuals. He's hoping I enjoy it
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6:17PM on 07/11/2013

It won't bomb but.....

Just by crowds reactions all summer during the Grown Ups 2 trailer when it plays, that movie will be the one to beat this week. Forget about the fact that trailers for it are all over tv every day and I rarely see any Rim ones then its safe to say it'll open in 3rd place. Despicable 2 was still selling out this weekend.
Just by crowds reactions all summer during the Grown Ups 2 trailer when it plays, that movie will be the one to beat this week. Forget about the fact that trailers for it are all over tv every day and I rarely see any Rim ones then its safe to say it'll open in 3rd place. Despicable 2 was still selling out this weekend.
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5:37PM on 07/11/2013

WHAT?

What! This is my most highly anticipated movie of the summer! Unfortunately I probably can't make it opening weekend. But I will still pobalby see it multiple times.
What! This is my most highly anticipated movie of the summer! Unfortunately I probably can't make it opening weekend. But I will still pobalby see it multiple times.
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5:33PM on 07/11/2013

Gotta see it

I got a summer job in the middle of nowhere and taking my only day off in 2 weeks to drive an hour and a half to the nearest theater to see this movie. it's safe to say my anticipation level for this film is pretty high
I got a summer job in the middle of nowhere and taking my only day off in 2 weeks to drive an hour and a half to the nearest theater to see this movie. it's safe to say my anticipation level for this film is pretty high
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5:09PM on 07/11/2013
if Grown Ups 2 makes more or even anywhere near what Pacific Rim does, it might be time to just stop making movies altogether.
if Grown Ups 2 makes more or even anywhere near what Pacific Rim does, it might be time to just stop making movies altogether.
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4:44PM on 07/11/2013

the best movie of the year

just saw it yesterday, i think this movies deserve to be the best movie of the year , this movie is bring back my childhood memories, so i recommend all of you to watch it!
just saw it yesterday, i think this movies deserve to be the best movie of the year , this movie is bring back my childhood memories, so i recommend all of you to watch it!
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4:38PM on 07/11/2013
I hope not as it looks awesome and Del Toro is a great director. It will do okay then better on video.
I hope not as it looks awesome and Del Toro is a great director. It will do okay then better on video.
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4:30PM on 07/11/2013
Seeing it in D-Box Saturday. Holy shit, yeah!
Seeing it in D-Box Saturday. Holy shit, yeah!
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4:24PM on 07/11/2013
I talked to a few people at work about this movie. Most of them had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned the title. But as soon as I described the movie, they all recalled seeing the trailer. I believe this is a promotional issue again.
I talked to a few people at work about this movie. Most of them had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned the title. But as soon as I described the movie, they all recalled seeing the trailer. I believe this is a promotional issue again.
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4:23PM on 07/11/2013
DAMNIT!!!!
DAMNIT!!!!
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4:09PM on 07/11/2013

Pacific Rim...

May be destined to end up as just a one-off cult film for genre fans. Which, may not be such a bad thing, as the sequel(s) would only end up monopolizing Del Toro's time for the foreseeable future. With as many irons as he keeps in the fire, I think I'd rather see him working on other projects like "Justice League Dark/Heaven Sent" or "At the Mountains of Madness." And please, before it's too late, finish off HellBoy with a solid trilogy.
May be destined to end up as just a one-off cult film for genre fans. Which, may not be such a bad thing, as the sequel(s) would only end up monopolizing Del Toro's time for the foreseeable future. With as many irons as he keeps in the fire, I think I'd rather see him working on other projects like "Justice League Dark/Heaven Sent" or "At the Mountains of Madness." And please, before it's too late, finish off HellBoy with a solid trilogy.
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4:07PM on 07/11/2013

Sadly it is just not going to work

With the minions still around, and the nice little bit of sandler counter programming, I just do not see it working out. Should have waited till mid August.
With the minions still around, and the nice little bit of sandler counter programming, I just do not see it working out. Should have waited till mid August.
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4:00PM on 07/11/2013
It's amazing how such a dumb movie like Transformers 2 can make over a billion yet this might bomb. :-/
It's amazing how such a dumb movie like Transformers 2 can make over a billion yet this might bomb. :-/
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5:51PM on 07/11/2013
Actually, Transformers 2 "only" made $836 Million. But no, I totally get the principle of what you're saying and I agree. There are times (like Iron Man 1 vs. Green Lantern) where quality is rewarded at the Box Office and there sadly there are times where it is not.
Actually, Transformers 2 "only" made $836 Million. But no, I totally get the principle of what you're saying and I agree. There are times (like Iron Man 1 vs. Green Lantern) where quality is rewarded at the Box Office and there sadly there are times where it is not.
6:22PM on 07/11/2013
Oh you're right sorry, that was the third movie that cleared a billion.
Oh you're right sorry, that was the third movie that cleared a billion.
3:57PM on 07/11/2013
I'll be check it out this weekend, looks like fun.
I'll be check it out this weekend, looks like fun.
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