The world may have ended several times at the movies this summer, but it’s the blockbuster itself that is really in peril.
“Pacific Rim,” the post-apocalyptic, monsters-versus-robots action thriller, did perform slightly better than predicted at the box office with a $38.3 million weekend take. But the Warner Bros. film has a long way to go before it can declare itself even remotely successful.
Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) prepare to fight monsters in “Pacific Rim.”
Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros. Pictures
Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi play the pilots of giant robots in “Pacific Rim.”
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, “Rim” cost nearly $200 million to make and placed third behind “Grown Ups 2,” which collected $42.5 million, and “Despicable Me 2,” which netted nearly $48 million in its second weekend.
So even though “Pacific Rim” opened a little above its $30 million domestic estimate, it will need a huge boost internationally to avoid being designated a total flop…