Pacific Rim sequel looks likely following big bow in China


Though Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has underperformed at the U.S. box office, its impressive international performance may guarantee a sequel.

According to Deadline, momentum for a follow-up is building following the film’s big first day in China.

The flick collected $9 million on Wednesday; that’s the biggest ever opening for a Warner Bros release there, trumping even the Harry Potter movies.

The robots vs. monsters pic has now grossed $140 million from territories outside of America, and that looks set to grow over the coming weeks (it opens in Spain and Japan this week, with several other nations still to come).

Combined with its $86 million from the United States, the total gross sits at $226 million.

For a production that cost somewhere around $200 million (not including marketing costs), that ain’t great.

But if the worldwide total continues to grow – as its impressive debut in China seems to imply – screenwriter Travis Beacham and Del Toro will be able to get a sequel off the ground.

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