The box office finally has a new king atop its rankings in “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” The blockbuster sequel of mech vs. monsters has finally knocked off “Black Panther” from its reign at the box office, ending the five-week reign to this unprecedented madness that “Black Panther” has become. A sixth week would have been something remarkable, but “Black Panther” has already accomplished so much that it doesn’t really matter who won at the box office this last week.
Nonetheless, “Pacific Rim: Uprising” walked away from the box office with a $28 million gross on a $150 million budget. Not a large dent when considering its budget, but a noticeable dent nonetheless. The question remains as to if “Pacific Rim: Uprising” reign can last more than a week though, it doesn't seem likely as the sequel of Jaegers and Kaiju doesn't seem to have the legs to fight off Spielberg's magic.
The rest of the weekend only held witness to a few other doses of success in that of “I Can Only Imagine” gaining an additional $13.8 million as their remarkable grossing has only fallen by about 20%. The Easter holiday weekend will give the film a nice boost most likely, but I feel that gross will begin to drop over the next few weeks as that faith-driven crowd seems to be unable to keep these films going at the box office. Impressive nonetheless. “Sherlock Gnomes” opened at $10.6 million on a $59 million budget, and “Tomb Raider” continued its stay at the box office with a massive drop off of 55% as “Tomb Raider” grossed an additional $10.4 million. Luckily, the foreign market has come to great aid for the feminized Dr. Jones character with an estimated $170 million gross. Though these numbers have not been finalized just yet, “Tomb Raider” seems to remain a somewhat mediocre success instead of the blockbuster that Warner Bros hoped it to be.
The weekend wasn’t all mediocrity though, as “Black Panther” passed yet another milestone in box office history as the Wakandian king is the official ruler of the domestic box office when it comes to the superhero genre. With now $630.9 million to its name, “Black Panther” is the official highest grossing superhero film in the domestic market of the United States, surpassing "The Avengers" domestic total of $623 million. Though it seems the overall gross will be just out of the Wakandian warrior’s grasp, “Black Panther” has still left an impact upon the box office that is utterly unprecedented and continues to show the power in cultural specificity being a viable choice for the filmmaking market.
In the more immediate news, this weekend seems to have some stiff competition as “Ready Player One” seems to be fit enough to take down “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” With an expected $50 million to $75 million domestic opening, Spielberg seems to be on track to retake the throne that he relinquished nearly ten years ago. The inventor of blockbuster hits certainly has a highly anticipated story debuting this weekend, but we die-hard Spielberg fanatics can’t help but be excited to see the king return to his land of dominance. Its been a while Mr. Spielberg but welcome back to the land of escapism and magic. This weekend will also showcase the openings of Neon Studio's "Gemini" and Tyler Perry's "Acrimony." All eyes remain on Spielberg though, as the veteran of filmmaking is ready to showcase just how young his soul continues to be.