'Black Panther' Finally Dethroned As King Of The Box Office

After reigning for five weeks, Marvel Studios' Black Panther dropped to second place at the domestic box office with another $16.7 million to push its six-week total to $630.9 million.

Black Panther has finally been de-throned as the number one film in the U.S. after six weeks, as Pacific Rim: Uprising marched to the top of the box office.

With "Black Panther" finally loosing steam at the box-office, and "Tomb Raider" already a week-old, a flurry of new films hit movie theaters across the country this weekend.

Pacific Rim Uprising managed to take the top spot while failing to impress the nation's critics, with the movie earning just a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Paul Dergarabedian, a box office analyst at comScore, says, " "Pacific Rim Uprising", much like its 2013 predecessor, will rely heavily on the worldwide box office to justify the sizable investment required to produce such a large scale, effects driven sci-fi epic". Pacific Rim Uprising is itself a giant production, with $150 Million invested.

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Directed by Andrew Hyatt, the film also stars Jim Caviezel, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley, and John Lynch.

The original Pacific Rim starring Charlie Hunnam and directed by Guillermo del Toro opened in theaters on July 12, 2013. Inevitably they meet a wee bit of resistance along the way. Pacific Rim: Uprising, Black Panther, I Can Only Imagine, Sherlock Gnomes and Tomb Raider ($10.4 million) occupy the first to sixth position at the box office. The Christian drama "I Can Only Imagine" held especially strongly in its second weekend. Other films in their opening week include Sherlock Gnomes with $10.6 million, Paul, Apostle of Christ with $5 Million and Midnight Sun raking in $4.1 million. A sequel to 2011's Gnomeo & Juliet, the film starred the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J. Blige, and Johnny Depp.

Midnight Sun, a teen romantic drama, opened in tenth place for Global Road with an estimated $4.1 million from 2,173 locations.

Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Unsane sees Claire Foy as a troubled woman stalked by her ex. Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving round out the cast. Debuting in limited release was Fox Searchlight's Isle of Dogs, which earned $1.5 million from 27 theaters for an impressive $58,148 per-screen average, Final Portrait which earned $28,214 from three theaters for a $9,405 per-screen average and Getting Grace which took in $107,676 from 60 theaters for a dismal $1,795 per-screen average. "Isle of Dogs", about a Japanese island of misfit canines in a future dystopia, has been received with almost equal fanfare.

  • Gwendolyn Kim