It’s hard to think of Pacific Rim being the highest grossing film of the year because it didn’t do that well in the States, and it’s still trying to make enough money world-wide to warrant a sequel. However, in one way it is indeed the highest grossing live action movie of the year, as an original movie that’s not based on a previous film, comic book, or video game.
As Giant Freakin Robot tells us, the film has made $407.2 million world-wide. Domestically the film made $101.4 million, and overseas it made $305.8 million foreign. With the crucial box office the film needed from China, it made an extra $111.9 million. (Pacific Rim did better business in China than in the States.)
The next crucial test for Pacific Rim will be how it does on home video, where we think it could end up doing really well. It will be headed to Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming on October 15, and we at TGD will certainly be watching how it does.
Home rentals and sales is every movie’s second chance, and we think Pacific Rim has a really good shot at a whole new life. A sequel will certainly be a very expensive proposition, and it’s going to have to have a much bigger base audience to justify one, which we hope will eventually come together.
In the meantime, the L.A. Times has given us the great news that Pacific Rim helmer Guillermo Del Toro has directed the couch gag for the upcoming Halloween episode of the Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror XXIV, which will air on October 6.