The King Loses the Throne as ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ Debuts On Top

When I’m wrong, I’m wrong, and this week I made the wrong prediction. Turns out, a few people DID want to see Pacific Rim: Uprising, even it wasn’t enough to make it a break out hit. Here’s what went down:

Pacific Rim: Uprising managed to debut in the top spot at the box office, bringing in an estimated $28 million. While the film managed to conquer its poor reviews and deliver a higher than anticipated number, the truth is, the film still costs $150 million and is going to be reliant on overseas numbers for it to clear the red. Luckily, the studio had that already figured into its plans, so there’s likely not too much panic. Regardless, this weekend Pacific Rim: Uprising has North American bragging rights.

As for the rest of the top five, Black Panther finally abdicated the top spot at the box office, falling to second place with $16.6 million. The film has now, with its $630.9 million gross, become the biggest super film in North American box office history.

As for the rest of the top five, I Can Only Imagine was in third place with $13.8 million, while the family film Sherlock Gnomes debut softer than expected in third place with $10.6 million. Finally, Tomb Raider continued to underperform badly, falling to fifth place with $10.4 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Black Panther – $24 million
2) Pacific Rim: Uprising – $23 million
3) Sherlock Gnomes – $16 million
4) Tomb Raider – $14 million
5) I Can Only Imagine – $13.5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Pacific Rim: Uprising – $28 million
2) Black Panther – $16.6 million
3) I Can Only Imagine – $13.8 million
4) Sherlock Gnomes – $10.6 million
5) Tomb Raider – $10.4 million

Next weekend sees the release of Ready Player One. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

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