'Pacific Rim' sequel likely after $9 million opening in China
Ain't no way The Juice* can hide the fact that Pacific Rim is one of our favorites. And even though it looks like it won't break $100 million at the U.S. box office, a big opening in China opens the door for Guillermo del Toro to make a sequel. Who says China isn't helping our economy?
Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke says after a record-breaking $9 million opening there, the global total for the movie is $229 million and counting. Good thing the Chinese Jaeger pilots had that cool, red-armed mech Crimson Typhoon. Next week the movie opens in Spain, Brazil and yes, Japan, where the anime-inspired robots-and-monsters slugfest is sure to help the movie overcome a reported budget of as much as $220 million.
Finke says that in a summer full of mediocre action pics and superhero yarns, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. were counting on overseas tickets to make their money. Del Toro, meanwhile, has already been talking about what he would do with a sequel, saying writer Travis Beacham is full of ideas, too.
Frankly, we have no idea why a stinker like Grown Ups 2 takes the box office while an earnest and fun flick like Pacific Rim gets overlooked. Are we the only ones who grew up with Robotech, Voltron, Battle of the Planets and Godzilla? We'd like to get in on DVD sales now, if we can.