Pacific Rim looks poised to defy the weak tracking numbers that indicated it would open to $25 million. The sci-fi flick is surging just in time for its release thanks in large to part enthusiastic reviews. The Warner Bros. release currently boasts a 76 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fandango reports that Pacific Rim accounts for 60% of Fandango's advance sales for the upcoming weekend, and it is currently outpacing World War Z at the same point in the release cycle. World War Z opened to $66.4 million. If Pacific Rim matches that haul it would be one of the summer's biggest surprises and it would silence pundits who are ready to pounce on the film.
BoxOffice.com currently forecasts a $41 million debut for Pacific Rim. It's important not to underestimate Grown Ups 2, a comedy that has been strong Facebook and Twitter activity in the weeks leading up to its release. The impact of Despicable Me 2 is also not to be ignored. Universal's animated flick should hold quite well during its sophomore frame thanks to glowing word of mouth.
The official release from Fandango:
LOS ANGELES -- According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoing destination, the highly-anticipated robots vs. monsters epic, "Pacific Rim," is the number one movie fans want to see this weekend -- scoring a sizable 90 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation buzz indicator. Runners-up were "Despicable Me 2," scoring an 87 in its second weekend, and Adam Sandler's summertime comedy, "Grown Ups 2" with 85 points.
"Pacific Rim" is grabbing 60% of Fandango's advance sales for this weekend. It is currently outselling another apocalyptic summertime spectacle, "World War Z," at the same point in that film's pre-sales cycle.
"The strong online and mobile ticket sales for ‘Pacific Rim' are impressive for an original film," says Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "It's really exciting to see the movie build momentum and add to the summer season."
Based on a survey of more than 1,000 "Pacific Rim" ticket purchasers on Fandango:
• 86% said the positive online and mobile buzz for the film influenced their decision to buy a ticket
• 81% are fans of giant monster movies
• 64% claimed they were fans of "Pacific Rim" director Guillermo Del Toro.
World War Z spread across France with a $9 million opening weekend. Brad Pitt's zombie epic didn't open against any other high-profile titles, but saw some competition from the first holdover weekend of Despicable Me 2. The animated film held splendidly, suffering a small 4% bump on its way to a $6.7 million weekend. Despicable Me 2 has grossed a total of $19.5 million in France. Man of Steel kept up with its strong numbers, raising its total to $17.9 million with a $1.9 million weekend tally.
Box Office Results for France. July 5-7, 2013
Despicable Me 2 took in $6 million in its opening weekend to take the top spot at the German box office. The animated film opened in 697 screens for a territory-leading $8,688 average. It faced little competition from The Heat, which opened in the comedy-friendly territory to $1.1 million. It's a disappointing take for the Fox comedy, with expectations originally set on a similar run to Bridesmaids, director Paul Feig's previous outing with actress Melissa McCarthy. Bridesmaids grossed a total of $8.1 million in Germany, a figure that The Heat is unlikely to reach.
World War Z placed second with a $2.7 million weekend that raised its total to $12.1 million. Disney's Monsters University also broke the $10 million mark over the weekend, placing fourth with a $813k weekend to take it over the milestone. Man of Steel has been less fortunate in Germany, where the Superman reboot has only grossed $8.5 million in three weeks. The Hangover Part III and Fast & Furious 6 both took a big step towards the $30 million mark. The comedy has grossed $29.9 million in 6 weeks while the latest entry in the Fast franchise has grossed $29.3 million in seven weeks.
Box Office Results for Germany. July 5-7, 2013