Need to topple a massive Marvel movie from its top spot at the box office? Just call in some giant, human-piloted robots to teach the film a little lesson in sharing with their giant fists. That's right, Pacific Rim: Uprising is predicted to wrestle away the biggest piece of the box-office pie from Black Panther with $25 million from 3,708 and theater locations in the U.S. alone, according to Variety.
This is not be a huge haul for the $160 million-budgeted sequel from director Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil), and so-so reviews may be the cause. That being said, audience scores are higher on Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango, meaning that the Pacific Rim franchise isn't for the critics, but for the fans who enjoy giant bots beating the snot out of each other and giant beasties.
In second place, Black Panther is still clinging to power with expectations of $16 million, which bring its domestic total to around $630 million, propelling it past the first Avengers in terms of domestic sales and making it the highest-grossing Marvel and superhero movie ever in America.
Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider reboot has fallen to fourth place, with an estimated $9 million. It is expected to drop another slot due to Sherlock Gnomes, the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet, which stars Johnny Depp as a garden gnome modeled after Sherlock Holmes. With other major celebrities like James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Caine, the animated, kid-friendly feature is on course for a $10 million weekend debut.