BY JOANNA CRAWLEY ON JULY 13, 2013
Thursday night previews score better than expected
It looks like Guillermo del Toro’s new film is living up to the hype as ticket sales in the US for Thursday night’s preview screenings of Pacific Rim reach an impressive $3.6 million.
The late night screening sales result match the performance of Brad Pitt’s box office surprise hit World War Z, Variety report.
The figures are thought to be better than Warner Bros. and Legendary were predicting but there’s a note of caution as the preview numbers don’t traditionally give an accurate prediction for how sales will continue.
Traditionally dominated by “fanboys” most potential punters will hold off seeing a sci-fil blockbuster such as del Toro’s until the official opening weekend.
Vareity point out though that heading into this weekend’s opening, Pacific Rim is tracked to make just under $35 million. Overseas, the opening numbers were mixed though, taking in a hefty $200 million-plus in Korea but just $604,000 in Australia.
Idris Elba stars in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim (Warner Bros/Legendary)
Meanwhile del Toro has hinted that his aliens versus monsters sci-fi, starring Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, could spawn a sequel.
Referring to just one of the many gigantic robots in the film, del Toro confirmed the Gipsy would definitely be making a return. “I’ll tell you a couple of things. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure,” del Toro told MTV News. “Second thing is you’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special.”
Just in case you’re not quite keeping up with all the jargon, the movie follows the plight of human soldiers who use giant robots, jaegers, to fight against undersea monsters called Kaiju. An underwater battle takes place as the soldier’s fight to complete their task to close a portal between their world and the one from which the monsters come from. Del Toro also added another fact to considered for the sequel: ”
Just think about it for a second, we sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there.”
Pacific Rim is now playing at UK and US cinemas.