Pacific Rim and Despicable Me 2 were neck and neck last weekend with less than half a million between them by Sunday night (and many reporting the later as the winner initially). Meanwhile Turbo underwhelms, Monsters University keeps on rolling while The Lone Ranger round out the bunch.
Pacific Rim generated $35.3 million in its 2nd weekend for a total of $110.9 million internationally. That puts the monster feature at $183.7 million worldwide, almost matching its $190 million budget. So what does it all mean, is this good, bad? The answer is not as clean cut, it’s neither good nor bad. With at least $50-60 million left to go from its current markets and China as well as Japan still left to open, Pacific Rim is looking at $250-260 million internationally for what might look like $350-360 million worldwide by the end of its run. So if all goes well the film might just barely break even. Unfortunately that’s not what a big studio like Warner Bros. wants from its franchises so unless Guillermo del Toro drastically cuts down the budget for a future installment, we won’t be getting Pacific Rim 2. It’s just not doing well enough around the world to counterbalance the film’s weak North American gross, a shame really.
Despicable Me 2 was almost first a third consecutive weekend but its $34.9 million wasn’t enough in the end. But unlike Pacific Rim, this one matched its tiny (for an animation) $76 million budget many many times over. With $308.4 million internationally and $592.2 million worldwide, Despicable Me 2 is bigger than anyone could have anticipated, already in 17th (and climbing fast) on the all-time worldwide chart.
The latest from DreamWorks Animation, Turbo, debuted to only $22.6 million from 28 markets. So really not doing a whole lot better than in the States, totalling $58.6 million worldwide after a week in theaters. I don’t have accurate data for some of the studio’s older flicks but I’m inclined to believe this easily ranks among their worst openings ever.
Yet another animation (probably why Turbo is doing so poorly) comes in 4th, Monsters University at $20.7 million, bringing the Pixar sequel to $283.9 million internationally and $534.8 million worldwide. So this has no passed Monsters, Inc. ($528.8 million) on its way to over $600 million worldwide, probably 4th overall among Pixar features.
The Lone Ranger rounds out the gang with a paltry $12.3 million. Now don’t get me wrong, in the grand scheme of things that’s a lot of money, but not when your film cost $215 million to produce, that just won’t cut it. But wait, The Lone Ranger opened three weeks ago, it must have amassed quite a fortune so far, right? Wrong, $66.4 million internationally and 148.9 million worldwide all but screams flop. There’s a good chance this could make John Carter or Prince of Persia look like hits in retrospect. The mouse is not happy.