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Old 08-01-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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One has to wonder why this one is sooo popular in China but not so much in the US.

Pacific Rim lands record-breaking opening in China | TotalFilm.com

The film opened in China to a record-breaking $9 million on Wednesday, making it Warner's biggest ever debut in the Chinese market.

That puts the film's foreign box office at $140 million, a welcome boon given the film's lacklustre domestic opening of $37 million.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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This trend is the future. All major studios are now giving heavy attention to the foreign market.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:24 PM
 
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This trend is the future. All major studios are now giving heavy attention to the foreign market.
I agree. However why is this movie not very successful domestically?
I think it is much better than the Wolverine, but the ticket box suggests the opposite.

Maybe American audience go after big names? The Pacific Rim has no famous actors.
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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Mark S, has said it before, marketing for this movie was terrible here in the states. I don't think I saw many commercials for it on TV prior to it coming out in the theater, I only first heard about it on this site. The previews were so bad, I lost interest in seeing it. it's now only playing in limited theaters in my area so I have to try to find one that is still carrying it in regular 2D since I can't watch it in 3D which is the only way my closet theater is now showing it. If I don't see make it to the downtown theater this weekend, I can forget it period.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:05 PM
 
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I agree. However why is this movie not very successful domestically?
I think it is much better than the Wolverine, but the ticket box suggests the opposite.
I'm baffled honestly. We saw PACIFIC RIM 2 weeks after it opened on a Tuesday night, and the theater was half full. We saw THE WOLVERINE opening weekend on a Saturday, and the theater was maybe 1/8th capacity. Yet official numbers have Wolverine doing better at the box office.

Maybe we just live in a weird part of the universe where lots of people went to see Pacific Rim?

I thought Pacific Rim was the best movie I've seen in the theater this year. Loved it.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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Mark S, has said it before, marketing for this movie was terrible here in the states.
Exactly. Every TV ad I saw for PR was just big monsters fighting big robots and Idris Elba screaming. My wife had no interest in seeing it (even though she would have liked it). Had I not been following the film online because I love del Toro, I wouldn't have wanted to see it based on the TV ads either.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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The tv ads were terrible. I had no interest in it and only saw it because my girlfriend wanted to see it. She loves robots...and Idris Elba. It turned out to be a lot of fun, though!
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Pacific Rim has no famous actors.
Ron Perlman is coughing right now.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:59 AM
 
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Titanic 3D also had a very good box office in China
China is a big market .
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:45 AM
 
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IRON MAN 3 actually had a different cut of the film, specifically for the Chinese market. As long as the foreign box office stays healthy, this trend is only going to increase.
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