Overseas enthusiasm revives ‘Pacific Rim’ sequel hopes

The underperforming "Pacific Rim" may get a happy ending after all. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
The underperforming “Pacific Rim” may get a happy ending after all.
Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

The big robots vs. big monsters picture “Pacific Rim” has, like many mega-budgeted films this summer, only been doing so-so at the U.S. box office. But according to Deadline Hollywood, it may get a sequel anyway. That’s because, while many Americans would rather watch Adam Sandler and gang shop at Target than mega-robots battle mega-aliens, viewers overseas can’t get enough.

While “Pacific Rim” has only made $86.5 million in its native country, its international haul stands at $140 million. (The budget was somewhere between $180 million and $225 million.)

The latest development is that it just scored a record-breaking $9 million Wednesday night opening in China. The country has gradually become one of the biggest patrons of American movies, to the point where studios will make cuts of offending scenes or even add scenes. (“Iron Man 3″ featured an extended sequence where Chinese doctors laboriously congratulated themselves for creating the technology that saved Tony Stark’s life.)

This isn’t the first time international audiences have swooped in to save a Hollywood movie neglected by its native countrymen. “Battleship” was a significant underachiever at home, but made mega-bucks abroad.

What this means is Americans may find themselves offered a second chance to ignore an oversized creature feature while enlarging the grosses of a film where aging, rich comics on unnecessary paid vacation make fart jokes. Meanwhile, audiences in other countries may once again make the right decision.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council to vote on bill banning anonymous…

One of the two bills would make it so any type of communication paid for or okayed by a campaign disclose that they are involved in any way.

National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Movies

Review: The semi-good times don't last in the…

Despite the occasional blast of Iggy Pop and The Buzzcocks, the YA move "If I Stay" — with a near-dead Chloe Grace Moretz — soon turns maudlin.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 11,…

Caleb's not a ghost. Spencer might still be an attempted murderer. And Hanna's going to die next week. In other words, we actually got some…

Movies

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

Marvel Entertainment's Stan Lee is adding outposts to his creative empire to interest a new generation of children in super heroes of all shapes and sizes.

Television

Mira Sorvino explores immortality on 'Intruders'

Mira Sorvino's new show "Intruders" centers around a secret society that achieves immortality by taking over the bodies of other people.

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

NFL

David Wilson returns to triple jump, sets sights…

Giants fans know David Wilson can jump. They are just more used to seeing him go for backflips, not distance.

Parenting

Fun family activity: Off-Broadway show for pre-teens

"The Love Note" is an off-Broadway musical your pre-teen won't roll his or her eyes at.

Parenting

Barnes & Noble partners with Samsung to release…

Barnes & Noble releases the first full android tablet optimized for reading.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Parenting

How everyday moments can inspire kids' creativity

"The Artist's Way for Parents" author Julia Cameron gives advice on how parents and children can be creative together.