Weekend Actuals: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Battles to No. 1 with $28.1M; ‘Black Panther’ Breaks ‘Avengers’ Record with $17.0M in 2nd

Monday Update:

It couldn’t last forever. After Black Panther had become only the second film of the 21st century to spend five weekends at #1, along with Avatar in 2009-10, it was finally dethroned this weekend by Pacific Rim: Uprising.

Universal’s sci-fi sequel opened with $28.1 million. While that was 24.5 percent behind the original Pacific Rim from summer 2013, it was still good enough for first place.

Disney’s Panther fell a mild 35.8 percent to second place, with $17.0 million. That’s the fourth-highest sixth weekend of all time, behind only Avatar, Titanic, and Frozen. (Adjusted for ticket price inflation, it has the lower but still impressive 36th-highest sixth weekend of all time.)

In the process, Panther overtook the lifetime totals of such behemoths as The Avengers and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It now ranks as the 5th-highest grossing film of all time domestically, behind only Star Wars: The Force AwakensAvatarTitanic, and Jurassic World. The latter two in particular Panther looks likely to overtake

Adjusted for ticket price inflation, Panther currently ranks as the 40th-highest grossing film of all time — and still rising.

Total box office this weekend was $129.9 million. That’s 1.9 percent behind last weekend. It’s also 35.7 percent behind the same weekend last year, when Beauty and the Beast led for a second frame with $90.4 million.

Year-to-date box office stands at $2.68 billion, which is 1.9 percent behind this same date last year.

This is only the second weekend of the year after which that statistic is negative; YTD box office was up from 2017 throughout all of January, finally turned negative relative to 2017 briefly after the February 9-11 weekend, but then remained positive once more starting almost immediately after, thanks largely to Panther.

Now, after the statistic has fallen for consecutive weekends straight, YTD box office once again stands below where it was at this point in 2017.

Our full table of weekend actuals is below, after our Sunday update featuring fuller analysis.


Sunday Update:

Faced with a whopping five new wide releases this weekend, Black Panther was finally pushed from the top of the chart after six weeks in theaters. The victor was Pacific Rim Uprising, which came in at the higher end of expectations with an estimated $28 million for Universal in its opening frame.

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 sci-fi/actioner is more or less designed for overseas audiences, so Uprising‘s domestic take isn’t necessarily make-or-break. That said, this is significantly lower than the first film’s $37.3 million opening, and it will almost certainly well short of the original’s $101 million take in North America. Internationally, the first Pacific Rim took in over $300 million, accounting for roughly three-quarters of its $400 million-plus global total. Uprising is looking at a similar trajectory.

Helmed by Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight in his feature directorial debut, Uprising was less well-received than its predecessor, garnering only so-so reviews and a “B” Cinemascore from audiences (the breakdown was 62% male to 38% female). Its 46% score on Rotten Tomatoes may have hurt its chances of attaining a higher opening, and if it performs anything like Del Toro’s film it’s looking at sharp weekend-to-weekend drops in the weeks ahead. The reported budget on this one is $150 million.

Falling to second for the first time with an estimated $16.7 million, Black Panther nevertheless racked up another box office record this weekend, and it’s a doozy: the Marvel release is now the highest-grossing superhero film of all time in North America, with an estimated $631 million through Sunday. Yes, the MCU blockbuster has officially surpassed The Avengers‘ $623.3 million total, accomplishing the feat in 38 days of release. It also topped last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi this weekend, vaulting it to No. 5 on the list of all-time blockbusters, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6 million)Avatar ($760.5 million), Titanic ($659.3 million), and Jurassic World ($652.2 million). With legs this sturdy, Black Panther will easily top the latter two titles by the end of its run.

Adding over 600 screens following its surprisingly-potent $17.1 million debut last weekend, Roadside Attractions’ Christian-themed hit I Can Only Imagine dropped just 19 percent to $13.8 million for a third place finish, giving it a total of $38.3 million after ten days. That’s a better second-weekend hold than last year’s faith-based success story The Shack, which dropped 38% in its sophomore frame (albeit without the benefit of additional screens) after opening to $16.1 million. That film finished with a very healthy $57.3 million domestically, but Imagine‘s current trajectory and word-of-mouth (it boasts an A+ Cinemascore) suggests it will end up finishing well north of that total.

Faring less well in its second weekend of release was Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider, which dropped 56 percent to $10.4 million in fifth place, giving it a total of $41.7 million thus far. The video game reboot starring Alicia Vikander has struggled to make a dent in the crowded blockbuster marketplace; along with the still-potent Black Panther, Pacific Rim Uprising appears to have taken a significant bite out of its audience this weekend.

Among new releases, Sherlock Gnomes fell short of expectations in fourth place, taking in a disappointing $10.6 million in its debut frame. The Paramount-MGM co-production seems to have suffered from both a dismal critical reception and the fact that it took seven years to get the Gnomeo and Juliet sequel to the big screen. Its Disney-released predecessor opened to a much-healthier $25.3 million in 2011 and proved to be a relatively leggy title, allowing it to finish with just shy of $100 million domestically. It seems family audiences have moved on to other franchises in the years since, and that 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes clearly didn’t inspire many of those who turned out for the first movie to return for a second round.

In seventh, the Biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ opened to an estimated $5 million in 1,473 theaters, a decent start for the Sony release considering its budget and screen count. Starring The Passion of the Christ‘s Jim Caviezel, the film may have suffered a bit with I Can Only Imagine gobbling up a larger-than-expected portion of the faith-based audience. Luckily the reported budget on this one is just $5 million, so profitability shouldn’t be an issue here.

Also opening quietly in tenth place was the Bella Thorne-Patrick Schwarzenegger romance Midnight Sun, which grossed just $4.12 million in its debut. While that’s marginally better than the $3 million opening of YA sci-fi/romance Every Day earlier this month, it seems to have been afflicted by a similarly generic execution that failed to set it apart from the raft of other YA flicks that have hit theaters over the course of the last several years. Look for this one to fade quickly from theaters on its way to VOD and streaming formats.

Finishing just outside the Top 10 with an estimated $3.8 million was Steven Soderbergh’s well-reviewed psychological thriller Unsane, which failed to capture a wide audience even as it won praise from critics and boasted a unique visual gimmick (it was entirely shot on an iPhone 7 Plus). Starring Claire Foy as a woman involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, the $1.2 million film falls squarely on the “experimental” side of Soderberghs’ oeuvre and has been received as such despite being released on over 2,000 screens. Perhaps the most apt comparison in terms of subject matter would be the director’s own Side Effects, which opened to $9.3 million in 2013 but benefitted from a better-known cast (Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones).

Among holdovers, Fox’s Love, Simon held well in seventh place, dropping just 34 percent to $7.8 million. That gives the film – which is notable as the first mainstream studio rom-com featuring a gay teen in the lead role – a decent $23.6 million after ten days. In sixth, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time dropped 50 percent to an estimated $8 million, bringing its domestic total to $73.9 million. In ninth, the leggy Warner Bros. comedy Game Night grossed another $4.16 million, bringing its total to a healthy $60.8 million after five weeks of play.

Limited Release:

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated Isle of Dogs opened well in its platform release, grossing an estimated $1.57 million on just 27 screens. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Greta Gerwig, and Frances McDormand, the film enjoyed a strong per-theater average of $58,148, an impressive start as it prepares to open wider in the coming weeks.

IFC’s The Death of Stalin continued to perform well in its expansion, taking in an estimated $1.06 million on 141 screens, for a per-screen average of $7,519. Its total now stands at $2.09 million after three weeks.

Overseas Update:

As anticipated, Pacific Rim Uprising did most of its business internationally this weekend, with the monsters vs. robots tentpole opening to an estimated $150.5 million overseas. That amount includes a sizzling $65 million in China – a 40 percent increase over the first installment, which debuted to $45 million there. Opening at No. 1 in 30 markets, it also grossed an estimated $6.8 million in both Korea and Russia. Hong Kong is up next weekend, followed by a release in Japan on April 13.

Tomb Raider grossed another $34.1 million internationally in its second go-round, giving it a running total of $170 million overseas and a global total of $211.7 million. Despite faltering in North America, the Warner Bros. release has been propped up by international audiences and has grossed a whopping 80 percent of its total overseas, including $69.4 million in China.


Weekend Actuals (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 23 – SUN, MAR. 25

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Pacific Rim Uprising $28,116,535 3,708 $7,583 $28,116,535 1 Universal
2 Black Panther $17,099,618 -36% 3,370 -464 $5,074 $631,357,854 6 Disney
3 I Can Only Imagine $13,604,521 -20% 2,255 626 $6,033 $38,084,012 2 Roadside Attractions
4 Sherlock Gnomes $10,604,774 3,662 $2,896 $10,604,774 1 Paramount / MGM
5 Tomb Raider $10,102,616 -57% 3,854 0 $2,621 $41,420,724 2 Warner Bros.
6 A Wrinkle in Time $8,215,492 -49% 3,423 -557 $2,400 $74,058,099 3 Walt Disney Pictures
7 Love, Simon $7,607,451 -35% 2,434 32 $3,125 $23,503,052 2 20th Century Fox
8 Paul, Apostle of Christ $5,172,585 1,473 $3,512 $5,172,585 1 Sony Pictures Entertainment
9 Game Night $4,131,191 -26% 1,866 -820 $2,214 $60,784,726 5 Warner Bros.
10 Unsane $3,762,145 2,023 $1,860 $3,762,145 1 Bleecker Street
11 Peter Rabbit $2,538,560 -51% 2,071 -654 $1,226 $106,805,275 7 Sony / Columbia
12 Red Sparrow $2,248,846 -50% 1,482 -1101 $1,517 $44,044,846 4 20th Century Fox
13 The Strangers: Prey At Night $2,062,768 -56% 1,480 -984 $1,394 $22,201,687 3 Aviron Pictures
14 Death Wish $1,218,524 -64% 1,304 -1372 $934 $32,616,646 4 MGM
15 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $847,706 -48% 1,022 -534 $829 $401,666,156 14 Sony / Columbia

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Death of Stalin $1,006,829 87% 141 109 $7,141 $2,037,252 3 IFC Films
2 Annihilation $898,364 -48% 478 -609 $1,879 $31,416,769 5 Paramount Pictures
3 The Greatest Showman $696,403 -39% 478 -259 $1,457 $170,945,091 14 Fox
4 7 Days in Entebbe $636,265 -60% 836 -2 $761 $2,900,330 2 Focus Features
5 Fifty Shades Freed $303,710 -50% 509 -364 $597 $100,215,430 7 Universal
6 The Leisure Seeker $290,844 104% 117 68 $2,486 $692,441 3 Sony Pictures Classics
7 The Shape of Water $261,997 -67% 247 -511 $1,061 $63,290,152 17 Fox Searchlight
8 Thoroughbreds $160,875 -67% 117 -447 $1,375 $2,747,595 3 Focus Features
9 Coco $115,810 -37% 144 -33 $804 $209,358,338 18 Disney
10 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $110,645 -59% 128 -154 $864 $54,130,883 24 Fox Searchlight
11 The Hurricane Heist $105,721 -90% 128 -2155 $826 $6,007,679 3 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
12 Ferdinand $105,068 -37% 147 -22 $715 $83,907,127 15 Fox
13 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $102,020 -42% 150 -61 $680 $619,967,829 15 Disney
14 A Fantastic Woman $95,511 -50% 121 -69 $789 $1,694,772 8 Sony Pictures Classics
15 The Post $91,294 -31% 102 -57 $895 $81,590,424 14 20th Century Fox
16 Maze Runner: The Death Cure $82,339 -20% 128 -19 $643 $57,765,453 9 Fox
17 The 15:17 to Paris $80,164 6% 146 -9 $549 $36,080,186 7 Warner Bros.
18 I, Tonya $61,932 -49% 102 -58 $607 $29,881,941 16 Neon
19 Early Man $42,213 -39% 126 -18 $335 $8,238,168 6 Lionsgate
20 Gringo $36,234 -94% 117 -2197 $310 $4,938,779 3 STX Entertainment

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Isle of Dogs $1,615,269 27 $59,825 $1,615,269 1 Fox Searchlight
2 Hichki $330,279 73 $4,524 $330,279 1 Yash Raj Films USA Inc.
3 Raid $231,581 -45% 79 2 $2,931 $822,302 2 Eros Entertainment
4 Flower $118,518 142% 57 54 $2,079 $183,430 2 The Orchard
5 Foxtrot $70,387 42% 26 14 $2,707 $263,914 4 Sony Pictures Classics
6 Call Me by Your Name $67,147 -45% 61 -57 $1,101 $17,881,321 18 Sony Pictures Classics
7 Winchester $56,273 12% 90 -1 $625 $25,060,919 8 Lionsgate / CBS Films
8 Oh Lucy! $46,820 -4% 41 10 $1,142 $188,835 4 Film Movement
9 Leaning Into The Wind $42,873 36% 24 12 $1,786 $136,443 3 Magnolia Pictures
10 Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story $42,866 -14% 28 2 $1,531 $566,979 18 Zeitgeist
11 The Party $41,326 -31% 70 -2 $590 $670,460 6 Roadside Attractions
12 12 Strong $40,163 -49% 95 -53 $423 $45,483,468 10 Warner Bros.
13 Loveless $31,378 -34% 46 3 $682 $444,765 6 Sony Pictures Classics
14 Operation Red Sea $30,367 -59% 11 -17 $2,761 $1,495,833 5 Well Go USA Entertainment
15 Lady Bird $29,454 -57% 46 -42 $640 $48,912,442 21 A24
16 Final Portrait $25,472 3 $8,491 $25,472 1 Sony Pictures Classics
17 Hostiles $22,056 -57% 50 -52 $441 $29,756,102 14 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
18 Ismael’s Ghosts $19,158 2 $9,579 $19,158 1 Magnolia Pictures
19 Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool $17,721 38% 29 -9 $611 $870,309 13 Sony Pictures Classics
20 Keep The Change $17,425 40% 8 7 $2,178 $71,213 2 Kino Lorber
21 The Insult $15,713 -21% 11 -3 $1,428 $962,115 11 Cohen Media Group
22 Back to Burgundy $15,157 5 $3,031 $15,157 1 Music Box Films
23 A Bag Of Marbles $14,420 4 $3,605 $14,420 1 Gaumont
24 Journey’s End $14,275 21% 9 7 $1,586 $30,060 2 Good Deed Entertainment
25 Ramen Heads $12,289 73% 6 4 $2,048 $23,390 2 Gunpowder & Sky
26 Forever My Girl $10,206 -39% 25 -12 $408 $16,312,087 10 Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
27 Summer In The Forest $8,366 1 $8,366 $8,366 1 Abramorama
28 1945 $8,020 -60% 8 -2 $1,003 $444,590 21 Menemsha Films
29 Shed Skin Papa $7,950 8 $994 $7,950 1 China Lion Film
30 Claire’s Camera $7,229 5% 3 2 $2,410 $36,623 3 Cinema Guild
31 In The Fade $6,533 73% 12 2 $544 $315,086 13 Magnolia Pictures
32 Belle de Jour (2018 re-issue) $6,462 1 $6,462 $6,462 1 Janus Films
33 Tehran Taboo $6,440 13% 8 1 $805 $64,327 6 Kino Lorber
34 Eight Hours Don’t Make A Day $6,351 8% 1 0 $6,351 $16,002 2 Janus Films
35 Detective Chinatown 2 $6,275 -71% 3 -5 $2,092 $1,971,556 6 Warner Bros.
36 The Young Karl Marx $5,340 -23% 11 2 $485 $102,724 5 The Orchard
37 In Between $3,660 -54% 5 0 $732 $102,037 12 Film Movement
38 November $3,147 2% 6 -2 $525 $16,287 5 Oscilloscope Laboratories
39 Beauty and the Dogs $3,055 2 $1,528 $3,055 1 Oscilloscope Laboratories
40 The Workshop $2,860 1 $2,860 $2,860 1 Strand Releasing
41 Faces Places $2,755 -49% 10 -2 $276 $940,997 25 Cohen Media Group
42 Agent Mr Chan $1,971 -79% 1 -2 $1,971 $204,077 5 China Lion Film
43 Souvenir $897 -28% 3 0 $299 $8,934 4 Strand Releasing
44 King Of Hearts (2018 re-release) $843 2 $422 $14,745 5 Cohen Media Group
45 Our Blood is Wine $634 -82% 1 -1 $634 $12,416 3 Music Box Films
46 Ichi The Killer: Definitive Remastered Edition $625 -48% 1 -1 $625 $19,666 20 Well Go USA Entertainment
47 Double Lover $605 27% 2 1 $303 $165,115 6 Cohen Media Group
48 The Divine Order $502 423% 2 1 $251 $73,954 22 Kino Lorber / Zeitgeist Films
49 Bob Le Flambeur $325 1 $325 $13,747 12 Rialto Pictures
50 Legend of the Mountain (2018 re-release) $110 21% 1 0 $110 $4,886 8 Kino Lorber
51 Western $92 -94% 1 -3 $92 $32,681 6 Cinema Guild
52 The Sacrifice (2017 re-release) $68 -97% 1 0 $68 $60,657 23 Kino Lorber

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, MAR. 23 – SUN, MAR. 25

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Pacific Rim Uprising $28,000,000 3,708 $7,551 $28,000,000 1 Universal
2 Black Panther $16,658,000 -37% 3,370 -464 $4,943 $630,916,236 6 Disney
3 I Can Only Imagine $13,837,495 -19% 2,253 624 $6,142 $38,316,986 2 Roadside Attractions
4 Sherlock Gnomes $10,600,000 3,662 $2,895 $10,600,000 1 Paramount / MGM
5 Tomb Raider $10,430,000 -56% 3,854 0 $2,706 $41,748,108 2 Warner Bros.
6 A Wrinkle in Time $8,044,000 -51% 3,423 -557 $2,350 $73,886,607 3 Walt Disney Pictures
7 Love, Simon $7,800,000 -34% 2,434 32 $3,205 $23,695,601 2 20th Century Fox
8 Paul, Apostle of Christ $5,000,000 1,473 $3,394 $5,000,000 53 Sony Pictures Entertainment
9 Game Night $4,160,000 -26% 1,866 -820 $2,229 $60,813,535 5 Warner Bros.
10 Midnight Sun $4,121,000 2,173 $1,896 $4,121,000 1 Open Road
11 Unsane $3,858,093 2,023 $1,907 $3,858,093 1 Bleecker Street
12 Peter Rabbit $2,500,000 -52% 2,071 -654 $1,207 $106,766,715 7 Sony / Columbia
13 Red Sparrow $2,240,000 -51% 1,482 -1101 $1,511 $44,036,000 4 20th Century Fox
14 The Strangers: Prey At Night $2,000,000 -57% 1,480 -984 $1,351 $2,000,000 3 Aviron Pictures
15 Death Wish $1,243,000 -63% 1,304 -1372 $953 $32,641,122 4 MGM
16 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle $850,000 -48% 1,022 -534 $832 $401,668,450 14 Sony / Columbia

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Death of Stalin $1,060,186 97% 141 109 $7,519 $2,090,609 3 IFC Films
2 Annihilation $900,000 -48% 478 -609 $1,883 $31,418,405 5 Paramount Pictures
3 The Greatest Showman $680,000 -40% 478 -259 $1,423 $170,928,688 14 Fox
4 7 Days in Entebbe $655,000 -59% 836 -2 $783 $2,919,065 2 Focus Features
5 The Leisure Seeker $315,427 122% 117 68 $2,696 $717,024 3 Sony Pictures Classics
6 Fifty Shades Freed $300,000 -51% 509 -364 $589 $100,211,720 7 Universal
7 The Shape of Water $250,000 -68% 236 -522 $1,059 $63,278,155 17 Fox Searchlight
8 Thoroughbreds $160,000 -67% 117 -447 $1,368 $2,746,720 3 Focus Features
9 The Hurricane Heist $120,000 -88% 128 -2155 $938 $6,021,958 3 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
10 Coco $116,000 -37% 144 -33 $806 $209,358,528 18 Disney
11 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri $110,000 -59% 125 -157 $880 $54,130,238 24 Fox Searchlight
12 Star Wars: The Last Jedi $107,000 -39% 150 -61 $713 $619,972,809 15 Disney
13 A Fantastic Woman $100,454 -48% 121 -69 $830 $1,699,715 8 Sony Pictures Classics
14 I, Tonya $63,715 -48% 102 -58 $625 $29,883,724 16 Neon
15 Early Man $44,000 -37% 126 -18 $349 $8,239,955 6 Lionsgate
16 Gringo $30,000 -95% 117 -2197 $256 $4,932,545 3 STX Entertainment

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Isle of Dogs $1,570,000 27 $58,148 $1,570,000 1 Fox Searchlight
2 Flower $125,767 157% 57 54 $2,206 $190,679 2 The Orchard
3 Getting Grace $107,676 60 $1,795 $107,676 1 Hannover House
4 Foxtrot $76,529 54% 26 14 $2,943 $270,056 4 Sony Pictures Classics
5 Call Me by Your Name $69,713 -43% 61 -57 $1,143 $17,883,887 18 Sony Pictures Classics
6 Winchester $50,000 0% 90 -1 $556 $25,054,646 8 Lionsgate / CBS Films
7 The Party $47,930 -20% 70 -2 $685 $677,064 6 Roadside Attractions
8 Itzhak $41,760 29 $1,440 $41,760 3 Greenwich Entertainment
9 Loveless $31,799 -33% 46 3 $691 $445,186 6 Sony Pictures Classics
10 Lady Bird $30,200 -56% 46 -42 $657 $48,913,188 21 A24
11 Final Portrait $28,214 3 $9,405 $28,214 1 Sony Pictures Classics
12 The Last Suit $28,127 6 $4,688 $28,127 1 Outsider Pictures
13 Hostiles $25,000 -52% 50 -52 $500 $29,759,046 14 Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14 Ismael’s Ghosts $19,000 2 $9,500 $19,000 1 Magnolia Pictures
15 The Insult $18,359 -8% 11 -3 $1,669 $964,758 11 Cohen Media Group
16 Journey’s End $14,250 21% 9 7 $1,583 $30,035 2 Good Deed Entertainment
17 Forever My Girl $12,152 -27% 25 -12 $486 $16,314,033 10 Roadside Attractions/LD Entertainment
18 Back to Burgundy $12,060 4 $3,015 $12,060 1 Music Box Films
19 Ramen Heads $11,769 66% 6 4 $1,962 $22,870 2 Gunpowder & Sky
20 Summer In The Forest $8,660 1 $8,660 $8,660 1 Abramorama
21 The Young Karl Marx $5,503 -20% 10 1 $550 $102,887 5 The Orchard
22 Faces Places $2,011 -63% 8 -4 $251 $941,626 25 Cohen Media Group
23 King Of Hearts (2018 re-release) $1,169 2 $585 $1,169 5 Cohen Media Group
24 Double Lover $678 42% 2 1 $339 $165,188 6 Cohen Media Group