The Pacific Rim 2 production is reportedly going to be rushed as Legendary Pictures is looking to cash in on the Godzilla 2014 box office success!
The Godzilla 2014 movie garnered a better-than-expected $93 million in U.S. ticket sales in its opening weekend and another $103 million from 64 overseas markets, the best international debut so far this year.
According to Business Week, Godzilla crushed in the U.K. and Russia, while Mexico-normally a tiny movie market-ended up as the movie’s third-biggest foreign box office, with $9 million in ticket sales.
The massive debut easily towered over the last time the Japanese lizard hit theaters, in 1998. Adjusted for inflation, that movie grabbed $81 million during its opening weekend.
The contemporary Godzilla deployed a savvy strategy for attacking consumers. The film made sure not to miss large-format theaters, where fanboys and fangirls were happy to pay premiums for a supersize experience. Some 15 percent of the weekend’s ticket revenue came from IMAX theaters, as each of the 353 giant screens that showed the film took in $40,057 on average.
It also helped that the movie isn’t terrible, with raves from some critics and a 73 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates professional reviews.
But how does all of this relate to Pacific Rim 2?
Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull confirmed that he and Guillermo Del Toro are talking about Pacific Rim 2 and they are planning all the new stuff that will appear on the movie:
“I was literally just with Guillermo on the set of Crimson Peak,” said Tull. “We talk about it and have some pretty great ideas. If they come to fruition and we get a great script, then we’re open to it. Fans seem pretty passionate about it and working with Guillermo. So, we’re open to it.”
And Guillermo Del Toro is doing just that as it was reported that he is now writing a script/story draft to Pacific Rim 2
And not only that there are rumors circulating in various social networking sites that Pacific Rim 2 will take some cues from iconic Japanese mecha animes in that Pacific Rim 2 will have Jaegers that will be formed via “combining” similar to Voltron!
This rumor comes from the fact that in Pacific Rim, the Kaiju’s were being created to specifically counter the Jaegers. How can the humans counter the ever adapting Kaijus? By making Jaegers with “changing” parts by having it combine with different body parts each fight.
Of course this is just a rumor and they might not go on this route but since Pacific Rim is a tribute to Japanese Mecha/Kaiju culture, they will certainly make a nod to this sort of concept.
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