Pacific Rim: Uprising Beats Black Panther but Black Panther Beats The Avengers

Pacific Rim: Uprising won the weekend knocking Black Panther from the top of the box office. The film earned an estimated $28 million which beat the estimates. It’s far short of the original’s $37.3 million and that film went on to earn $101.8 million domestically and $411 worldwide. Uprising has earned $122.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $150.5 million. The film did quite well in China where it earned $65 million which was around $20 million more than the original. The film has a budget of $150 million.

After five weeks at the top of the box office, Black Panther dropped to second earning an estimated $16.7 million domestically. Domestically, the film has earned $630.9 million. It’s now the highest earning comic adaptation domestically beating The Avengers which earned $623.3 million. It’s the fifth largest domestic release of all-time and will likely climb higher.

Internationally, Black Panther added an estimated $12.9 million to bring its international total to $606.4 million to bring its worldwide total to $1.237 billion. It’s now the twelfth highest worldwide release of all time passing The Fate of the Furious and it will likely pass last year’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s now the third highest grossing comic adaptation passing Iron Man 3.

In third place was I Can Only Imagine which brought in an estimated $13.8 million domestically to bring its total to $38.3 million. That’s a solid return on its $7 million budget.

In fourth place was another new film, Sherlock Gnomes which brought in an estimated $10.6 million domestically from a budget of $59 million. It also earned $4.6 million at the foreign box office for a total of $15.2 million. That total is a disappointment compared to the original Gnomeo and Juliet which earned $25.3 million in its debut in 2011.

Rounding out the top five was Tomb Raider which added $10.4 million domestically and pushing its domestic total to $41 million after ten days. Internationally it added $34.1 million from 66 markets for an international total of $170 million and $211.7 million worldwide.

In other comic film news…

The Death of Stalin expanded into 140 theaters (up 108 from last week) and earned $1.1 million to bring its domestic total to $2.1 million.

Also debuting was I Kill Giants but that was mostly digitally and a very limited theater release. We’ll have updates if available.

We’ll back in an hour for a deeper dive into comic adaptations at the theater.