With “Black Panther” finally loosing steam at the box-office, and “Tomb Raider” already a week-old, a flurry of new films hit movie theaters across the country this weekend. There’s something for everyone this week, including the sci-fi world of “Pacific Rim,” and the colorful animated-comedy “Sherlock Gnomes”. Other films that debuted in theaters this week include the YA “Midnight Sun,” and the religious drama “Paul, Apostle of Christ”. The rankings are sure to change next week, when “Ready Player One” hits theaters across the country.
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” took the top-spot from Disney/Marvel this weekend, bringing in over $28M across 3,708 locations nationwide. “Pacific Rim 2” was directed by Steven S. DeKnight, the film features John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, and Charlie Day. The sequel was written by Guillermo del Toro (who directed the first installment to the franchise) and Zak Penn.
Marvel’s “Black Panther” dropped to second-place on the domestic charts, but still grossed over $16.6M across 3,370 locations. The Marvel hit has grossed over $631M domestically since the film hit theaters just six-weeks ago. “Black Panther” was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
The religious drama “I Can Only Imagine” remained in third-place this week, the film made another $13.8M while remaining in 2,253 locations. The film’s two-week domestic total now sits at just above $38M. “I Can Only Imagine” was directed by Andrew and Joe Erwin, the film stars J. Michael Finley, Brody Rose, and Trace Adkins
Paramount’s animated-comedy “Sherlock Gnomes” debuted at number-four this weekend, only bringing in $10.6M across 3,662 locations. “Sherlock Gnomes” was directed by John Stevenson, the animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Johnny Depp, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Stephen Merchant, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mary J. Blige.
“Tomb Raider” dropped to number-five on the domestic charts, only bringing in $10.4M across 3,854 locations. The reboot has now earned $41.7M domestically in two-weeks, but never managed to reach number-one. “Tomb Raider” was directed by Roar Uthaug, the film stars Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, and Walton Goggins.
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning are this week’s other debuts. “Paul, Apostle of Christ” debuted at eighth-place overall, Sony’s religious drama grossed an estimated $5M across 1,473 locations. “Paul, Apostle of Christ” was directed by Andrew Hyatt, the film stars James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, and André Agius. Moviegoers might remember Caviezel’s other major-release in the religious genre, “The Passion of Christ,” directed by Mel Gibson. To put the two films in perspective, “The Passion of Christ” opened at number-one back in 2004 after an $83M opening weekend,’ and the film went on to make over $611M worldwide.
Bella Thorne’s “Midnight Sun” was tenth overall this week, bringing in just over $4M across 2,173 locations. “Midnight Sun” was directed by Scott Speer, the film features Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Rob Riggle. Just behind that film is “Unsane,” which made just under $4M across 2,023 locations. “Unsane” was directed by Steven Soderbergh, the thriller stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharaoh, Juno Temple, and Amy Irving.
As for “Isle Of Dogs,” the film grossed $1.57M across 27 locations, giving the film the highest theater-average of the week with $58,148 a theater. “Isle of Dogs” was written and directed by Wes Anderson, the film features Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, and Tilda Swinton.
As we mentioned earlier, the big release next weekend will be “Ready Player One“. The adaptation was directed by Steven Spielberg, and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, and Mckenna Grace. The sci-fi epic is expected to rule the weekend when it hits theaters, and it will be interesting to see which of this week’s top-five is forced out next weekend.