Despite good reviews and positive fan reactions, Pacific Rim has so far managed to collect a meager $86 million domestically, almost $30 million less than Grown Ups 2. This had led many to believe that the prospects for a sequel were dead and the only giant robot action we would ever see would be directed by Michael Bay. But it now looks like there’s some hope, Gypsy hasn’t given up yet!
The potential savior? China! Deadline reports that the film opened at a record-breaking $9 million on Wednesday, bigger than any other WB film. It has also done very well in other international markets, and is yet to open in key countries like Japan, where it is expected to do well, because, you know, robots vs monsters is kind of their thing.
So does this mean Guillermo del Toro is going to return with some new kaiju and Jaegers next year? Nothing is confirmed yet. We’ll have to wait and see what the final gross of the film ends up looking like. Currently, its earnings stand at $226 million worldwide. Yes, that’s more than its $190 million production budget, but remember two things:
1. The studio doesn’t keep all the money. Some of it goes to the theater owners.
2. The $190M figure doesn’t include the marketing budget, which is generally north of $100M in these kind of big films.
But if the sequel does happen, in which direction will it go? Well, del Toro has talked about it a number of times. He told this to Independent.ie in July:
The main idea that we’re bouncing off is the fact that Newt drifted with a Kaiju brain, and all Kaiju brains are connected. We say that. They are like a hive mentality. So, you know, draw your own conclusions.
He has also talked about a Gypsy 2.0, and the idea of merging a kaiju and a Jaeger. But don’t expect Pacific Rim 2 anytime soon, as del Toro will be busy directing gothic horror Crimson Peak, and FX series The Strain next year.
Do you want the sequel to happen? I know I do. Let’s just listen to the kickass theme song till more news comes and hope for the best.