Sequels Smash Pacific Rim
Blockbuster disappoints, while 'Grown Ups 2' is an unexpected success
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
The Gipsy Danger robot in a scene from Pacific Rim.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

(Newser) – Another big-budget disappointment this weekend, with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim earning an underwhelming $38.3 million to take third place at the box office in its opening weekend. The flashy aliens vs. robots flick cost $190 million to make and received strong reviews, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Conversely, Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 had a far stronger debut, taking in second place with $42.5 million—more than the original, which opened to $40.5 million back in 2010—but was made for $80 million and has been panned by critics, the LA Times reports.

For the second week in a row, Despicable Me 2 took the No. 1 spot, bringing in $44.8 million for a domestic total of $229.2 million. Rounding out the Top 5: The Heat earned $14 million to take fourth place, and The Lone Ranger was No. 5 with $11.1 million, per the Times.

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Jul 15, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
PR was a surprisingly decent movie. Best of the giant monster genre by far (if that is a genre). Didn't think the wife would like it but as she is a fan of anime, she liked it too! When in doubt, trust rottentomatoes.
Jul 15, 2013 2:22 AM CDT
Just to be fair, Pacific Rim was only getting 3 - 4 showings for the entire day at the local AMC and Cinemark here in Houston. Lone Ranger was being shown on 2 screens with like 12 total showings. It's almost like the just assumed the movie wouldn't do well so they didn't bother showing it. Anyone else want to comment?
Jul 14, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
Best movie lately has been White House Down. RIPD looks very good, too!