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‘Pacific Rim’s International Box Office Returns Increases Chances Of Seeing A Sequel
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Pacific Rim

At first glance, Pacific Rim had very little impact at the box office. In fact it has joined a long line of recent summer box office busts that include films like White House Down, The Lone Ranger, and even The Wolverine. But the international numbers tell a different story.

Guillermo del Toro‘s film debuted in China Wednesday and grossed an estimated $9 million at the box office. According to Deadline, that’s a new high for any Warner Brothers release and 23% bigger than for any Harry Potter film. The film also was the number one film in international markets the July 19-21st weekend. With the international numbers speaking volumes, it’s very likely that a sequel to Pacific Rim could happen.

Keeping it from spoiler territory, it should be interesting to see how del Toro or whomever takes the directors chair approaches the sequel.

Now most of the time when a film flops in the U.S., it is more than likely to be saved by the international markets. This does not guarantee that a sequel will follow, but the film did grossed $140 million in international markets, putting Pacific Rim‘s worldwide numbers at $220 million. With the $180M-$220 million price tag, however, the domestic gross, which currently stands at $88 million as of this post, could sway the decision for a sequel not to happen.

Ultimately, the decision lies in the hands of Legendary Pictures financer Thomas Tull, who would give the go-ahead for a sequel and possibly turn Pacific Rim into a franchise.

Warner Bros. underwrote 25% of the film and receives the global distribution fees.

[Source: Deadline]

3 Comments »

  1. I saw this last week and I don’t know how they’re gonna do a sequel. It was pretty well wrapped up. What are they gonna say? Oh, whaddaya know the breach opened again, back to fightin’ monsters.

    Comment by UNCARING1 — August 1, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  2. This post contains spoilers for those who’ve not seen the movie yet. I saw this movie last weekend. It was a little on the cheesy side and some of the tension felt like it was stretched out beyond necessary, but I enjoyed it for what it was (pure rock ’em sock ’em monster busting eye candy) and wouldn’t mind seeing more. Not sure how a sequel could work but the scientists did mention that the Kaiju conquer and terraform planets as they move along from dimension to dimension. The question I had after leaving this movie was what exactly did the detonation of the Jaeger destroy? The breach itself seemed like the result of a portal opened by the Kaiju but could they have the ability to open other portals from different, previously conquered dimensions? If the Kaiju really have been doing this for eons (since the dinosaurs, at least), then surely that realm at the end couldn’t be the only Kaiju location. If Earth is such an asset for them, you’d think the Kaiju might keep trying to break through and take it! Now that I think about it, a sequel might not be so far fetched. The only dilemma might be in differentiating the story arc enough to make a sequel interesting. How to spice it up?!

    Comment by PAUL — August 1, 2013 @ 11:46 am

  3. Prequel!

    Comment by Rafael Vega — August 2, 2013 @ 1:08 am

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