Pacific Rim May Get a Sequel After All
July 31, 2013
Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robot epic Pacific Rim
hasn't made any big waves domestically, having grossed just $84 million in three weekends but with a reported budget closer to $180 to 200 million due to the high cost of Industrial Light & Magic's fantastic CGI action set pieces.
Even so, the international box office for the movie is really making up the difference with China's Wednesday opening setting a record $9 million for Warner Bros., an amount that's 23% higher than any of the "Harry Potter" movies as well as making up 70% of the box office market share.
At the same time, the movie was the #1 film internationally on July 19 - 21 as it rolled into half the territories and it was released today in Spain and Japan with Brazil getting the movie on August 9.
According to Deadline
, the film's international success, currently at $140 million grossed overseas in 52 territories, could help pave the way for the sequel planned by Del Toro and original screenwriter Travis Beacham. Worldwide, the movie has grossed $224 million and Legendary Pictures financier Thomas Tull could go ahead and try to milk that amount in order to create a franchise.