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

(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.

The Gipsy Danger robot in a scene from Pacific Rim.
The Gipsy Danger robot in a scene from Pacific Rim.   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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