Hollywood Beat: PACIFIC RIM Did Not Fail This Weekend; FRUITVALE STATION More Relevant Than Ever

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As my colleague James Marsh tweeted, "The people have spoken." He was referring to the victory of Grown Ups 2 (and Despicable Me 2) over Pacific Rim at the U.S. box office this weekend, but the sentiment applies with equal force to the coincidental opening of indie drama Fruitvale Station and the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial in Florida.

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SeanJuly 14, 2013 5:43 PM

Not to mention that it made 53 million plus overseas and it hasn't even released in Japan or China while Grown ups 2 made next to nothing overseas.

tman418July 14, 2013 5:44 PM

If there wasn't a video in the Oscar Grant case, the officer would have never been convicted of anything. The jury gave him the lowest possible conviction. He's been a free man since 2011.

I remember reading a news report about how one of the jurors "cried" when the verdict was read.

arturoJuly 14, 2013 7:27 PM

Pacific Rim is the best summer movie so far, i loved it, i hope it makes tons of money worldwide. And for all the people who paid to see Grown Ups 2, i hope they all had a shit time at the cinema..

Pa Kent Says MaybeJuly 14, 2013 7:28 PM

Oh, come on. PACIFIC RIM hardly rates as "original." It's a mash-up of Godzilla and Transformers concepts that have been around for more than fifty years.

And "troubling" is due to its underwhelming performance, no matter how you want to parse it. When a film is aimed at Geek Nation with as much desperate hype as this and it takes less in at the cash register than WORLD WAR Z, yes, that can be correctly described as "troubling." You don't like the word because you can't handle the truth.

You say the production cost for both films was too much, but you all-caps the budget for GROWN-UPS2 as if you've scored some sort of intellectual point. Friend, there's a $120 million difference there. $200 million is a LOT more to waste, and the only thing that matters is that the crappy sequel is well on its way to making a profit.

It's amazing how everybody tries to contort themselves to excuse the under-performance of their particular thing. Move on, dude. You'll have a surprisingly over-successful movie based on a stupid Marvel Comic to blather about any day now.

The thing about using the Zimmerman verdict? Doesn't even make sense. Inappropriate and foolish.

Daniel Dylan DavisJuly 14, 2013 8:00 PM

Pacific Rim's budget is actually 180 million or so, and according to official reports Del Toro never went over budget. He actually used the money wisely, and built authentic Jaguars

The fact that people are rejected it is their downfall.

omnisemantic1July 14, 2013 8:37 PM

It is my impression based on long years of research conducted over at IMDb, that people who argue over box office are borderline retarded ^_^
Beyond that, making fun of the preferences of the sad figure of the "average American", can never be in bad taste even when including outrageous nonsense like the Zimmerman verdict...

Martin WagnerJuly 15, 2013 12:28 AM

U mad bro?

Vault_MasterJuly 15, 2013 12:29 AM

Yes, PACIFIC RIM is far from original... especially if you're familiar with anime, manga, kaiju eiga, and tokusatsu cinema. However, to the average filmgoer (who probably hasn't even seen an actual Godzilla film, except for the awful Roland Emmerich one), this is some entirely new sh*t! (Also, originality has long been dead; why does everyone have a tough time realizing that? Every story has been told; at this point, everything is a remix.)This is America's first try at doing a legit mecha/kaiju film with a massive budget. It's kind of a big deal.

Martin WagnerJuly 15, 2013 12:30 AM

It's getting good word of mouth from pretty much everyone who's seen it, so it'll have decent legs, I think.

Viet_Cong_NurseJuly 15, 2013 10:15 AM

Grown Ups 2 are you serious? I'd pay you to not see that movie.