Pacific Rim Beaten by Adam Sandler at Box Office

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Candidus:
Nowhere in Cornwall within walking distance of me is showing Pacific Rim. Not in St.Austell and not in Truro.

So there's literally no way for me but to wait for the DVD.

You could drive somewhere that is showing it?

Im kinda surprised... not at this news, but at most people reactions that this is unheard of. Pacific Rim is a movie about giant robots (or maybe just one particular robot) punching giant monsters in the face. Adam Sandlers movie is made to target a much wider audience than Pacific Rim. Im not surprised at all that there are more people seeing Sandler's...

Not surprised that Pacific Rim isn't uber-successful. Evidently giant monster movies are a bit niche nowadays. and lets face it Pacific Rim wasn't amazing even if it was good.

Not sure why people are even seeing Grown Ups 2 though, the first movie was really bad and most of the time sequels are significantly worse. Not to mention Adam Sandler is painfully unfunny.

So how long before Moviebob blames everybody else in the world except himself? Like he did with the Expendables when it beat Scott Pilgrim?

*I* haven't seen the movie yet because the damn thing isn't playing in town yet. How am I supposed to support a movie I want to watch when my movie theater is only playing WWZ, Lone Ranger and the fucking Croods? Why are we still playing the Croods!?

It's not really a big deal. You should expect sequels to beat new IPs on the same opening weekend, the issue is where will Grown Ups 2 and DM2 be next week compared to where Pacific Rim is.

Cecilo:
America is not the cause of all the world's problems. Nice try though.

If that's what you inferred, then it's entirely on you. Observe, in comparison, Transformers; Giant robots fighting. But because America is explicitly shown kicking ass, it is a "popular" movie.

Blood Brain Barrier:

RyQ_TMC:
Fun fact: Metacritic tells me Pacific Rim has a 65/100 average. Grown Ups 2 got 20/100.

This probably explains why Grown Ups 2 is more appealing to me. I'd rather see a shitty film than an average one. At least I can laugh at it if not with it, and I've seen a lot more average films than incredibly bad ones, so at least I'd learn something.

But what am I saying? I'll probably end up seeing neither.

A 65 Metacritic score for movies is actually pretty good for wide release action film. Usually only indie movies and oscar-bait dramas can do any better than a 70. That's just kind of how movie ratings work - regardless of how fun it is, a lot of movie reviewers won't give better than 3/4 or 4/5 stars if it doesn't have much in the way of serious dramatic/artistic story content. (Contrast this with video game scores, where a game that's technically competent starts at 60% and a little story or unique visual style gets you at least an 80.)

I'm telling everyone I can to go see it.

If you're looking for a rich character-developing narrative, Pacific Rim isn't that kind of movie. It's an amazing action movie, and well worth seeing for that alone. IT HAS A GIANT ROBOT USING A TANKER BOAT AS A SWORD! NUFF SAID.

To me, this is more proof that the lowest common denominator has more influence that anyone ever realizes...

...Course, I haven't seen Pacific Rim myself, so I don't know if it's worth the effort...

SwiftBlade18:
Although I haven't seen the Adam Sandler film... I did see Pacific Rim - due to friends wanting to go see it.

I thought it was pretty god damn awful if I'm honest. Cheesy lines, stereotypical casting, unnecessary stupid visual jokes.

I know people will probably rage at me for saying that but it really wasn't my cup of tea at all. Summarising the film is as simple as 'Smashy smashy' - so I think it should take its box office position as a win for such a poor film.

Not everyone has the same tastes and that's perfectly fine. As for the cheesy lines and stereotypes, I kinda see PR as a live action anime which are often stereotypical and over the top.

The exact reason why you hated it I loved it. Just means people have different tastes. :)

rhizhim:

everyone in russia looks like zangief
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and its as original as the russian jäger (why do they keep using german words?) dude pilots natural blond hair.

Oh lol, and let me guess, they are killed off like 15 minutes into the film because Russians make great casualties.

My ex told me the other day she was invited to watch this film by an acquaintance of hers. I thought inviting a girl you fancy to watch a huge mecha drama is a very adorable thing to do so I said go for it. Hope she does.

Ugh, more master geek race nonsense. It's worse than master PC race.

News flash; some people have different preferences.

Personally I prefer the light hearted tone from films like Grown Ups and Despicable Me. I wouldn't want to go and see their crappy sequels at the cinema though.

I'm sorry, but I can't feel excited for this film when the ONLY good thing people have got to say is 'it has giant machines punching giant monsters', like that's supposed to be something awesome. Which it's not. We've had 3 Transformers films already.

Actually, the fact that it's supposedly a brain dead film which, targeting the supposed 'geek' generation, kinda implying geeks are all shallow-minded, makes me not want this to be a success story anyway.

That being said, it's tragic when anything in the cinema is beaten by Adam Sandler.

RedEyesBlackGamer:

Yeah, the reviews I've seen are pretty masturbatory. It isn't that good. The main characters' robot does almost all the fighting and it is utterly predictable. I think that it being full of cliches was intentional, but it means that you will never be surprised. It was entertaining, but it was not the second coming of Jesus.

A movie can be great without surprise. I wasn't particularly wanting to go see Despicable Me 2, I'm just not a kids movie type of person, but since my friends decided to go see it, I did go with them. I pretty much saw everything that happened in that movie coming a mile away. It was very predictable.

Yet....I still laughed my ass off, enjoyed it immensely, and say it is a great movie and a must see.

Seriously, if I had to be surprised by everything and everything had to be ground-breaking for me to call it great, amazing, and wonderfully entertaining to me, I would be an extremely bored as well as boring person. Really it isn't about how surprising a movie is, it is about how well a movie does old concepts.

I will be going to see Pacific Rim next week, an considering I don't need to be "surprised", I'm most likely going to love it, and probably as much as everybody else that is gushing over it.

Pretty much as Bob said about Pacific Rim, it is refreshing to see new IP in an industry that seems to not know how to make new IP anymore and is just relying on remakes sequels.

Considering how the things like J.J. Abrams trashing up the Star Trek franchise happens these days, I wish more movie makers would just go to the drawing board and make something new, new I.P., even if it uses predictable points from other movies.

Off-T: Seriously though, we need to run J.J. Abrams out of the industry, or at least make it so he can only work on movies that are 100% of his own making and bar him from doing "re-imaginings". Seriously, that guy and his team of writers are worth crap, when it comes to working on existing I.P., they don't know the meaning of the word respect, the only word they know is ruin.

CardinalPiggles:
Ugh, more master geek race nonsense. It's worse than master PC race.

News flash; some people have different preferences.

Personally I prefer the light hearted tone from films like Grown Ups and Despicable Me. I wouldn't want to go and see their crappy sequels at the cinema though.

Actually, Despicable Me 2 makes the list of sequels that are actually better than the original.

I saw it yesterday and I have to say it is better than the first.

Fulbert:

Oh lol, and let me guess, they are killed off like 15 minutes into the film because Russians make great casualties.

My ex told me the other day she was invited to watch this film by an acquaintance of hers. I thought inviting a girl you fancy to watch a huge mecha drama is a very adorable thing to do so I said go for it. Hope she does.

They and the Chinese pilots barely get any lines. Plus the Russians are of course monstrous ubermensches (Sasha being played by 5'9" Heather Doerksen and Aleksis by 7' wrestler Robert Maillet). I will give for having the central characters being comprised of two Aussies, a Brit, a Japanese woman, and ONE American...but at the end of the day the American is the main character.

Anyway, hopefully this has legs. Apparently it's been kicking ass in Asia. I would like to see a sequel if just to see what other Jaeger designs they could come up with.

MorganL4:

Anachronism:
WHAT.

This makes me sad. I won't deny that Pacific Rim had plenty of problems - overall I was a bit disappointed by it if I'm honest - but the Hong Kong battle alone is worth the price of admission. The only big summer blockbuster this year that's an original IP and it's beaten by goddamn Grown Ups 2?

If the sequel does happen, I think Gipsy Danger should casually step on Adam Sandler at some point.

Actually, if we were to get another Pacific Rim film, I would say a prequel would fit much better than a sequel.

True enough. Given the ending, it's kind of hard to see how they'd do a follow-up. I wasn't expecting it to wrap itself up quite so thoroughly, since I assumed that WB would want to turn this into a new franchise. Still, the mid-credits scene, which must be a parody of the usual credits sequel tease, was an excellent joke. Del Toro has actually discussed the possibility of a sequel as well, and what we might see in it. Potentially interesting stuff.

All of this rage is absolutely hilarious. Was it this bad when the Expendables beat out Scott Pilgrim?

Sonic Doctor:

CardinalPiggles:
Ugh, more master geek race nonsense. It's worse than master PC race.

News flash; some people have different preferences.

Personally I prefer the light hearted tone from films like Grown Ups and Despicable Me. I wouldn't want to go and see their crappy sequels at the cinema though.

Actually, Despicable Me 2 makes the list of sequels that are actually better than the original.

I saw it yesterday and I have to say it is better than the first.

Well that's good news. Thanks for the heads up.

I'll probably go and watch it before it goes to DVD.

Shinkicker444:
Interestingly enough, I've heard from some folks I know that live in asia where the film has opened the cinema's are packed.

Same thing here in Bulgaria.I really like to see it for a second time, but soon even the 2D screenings will get booked for weeks.

I like all of the people shouting about how "disgusting" this is or how they've lost their faith in humanity.

Because people would rather watch a shitty movie. OH NO, SOCIETY IS COLLAPSING. WE ARE ALL DOOMED BECAUSE PEOPLE STILL THINK ADAM SANDLER IS FUNNY FOR SOME REASON.

Seriously, every Sandler movie to come out in the last... many years has looked utterly awful, but I can't say this movie looked great either. And certainly, choosing one over the other isn't going to destroy humanity as a whole, as half of the people here seem to be saying. Obviously the only way not to destroy us all is to see neither.

Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Necromancer Jim:
I like all of the people shouting about how "disgusting" this is or how they've lost their faith in humanity.

Because people would rather watch a shitty movie. OH NO, SOCIETY IS COLLAPSING. WE ARE ALL DOOMED BECAUSE PEOPLE STILL THINK ADAM SANDLER IS FUNNY FOR SOME REASON.

Seriously, every Sandler movie to come out in the last... many years has looked utterly awful, but I can't say this movie looked great either. And certainly, choosing one over the other isn't going to destroy humanity as a whole, as half of the people here seem to be saying. Obviously the only way not to destroy us all is to see neither.

It's more a case of "people seem to like what I don't more than what I do, and therefore society is doomed."

I hated hearing this... I felt like the movie deserved way better for its opening. I took my oldest son to see it and we absolutely LOVED it!

Moviebob said it once; when someone refers to the average moviegoer, what they're talking about is

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So. . .yeah. . ."HAHAHA FAT MAN FALL DOWN COS HE'S FAT AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!"

Goes to show you just how many mindless morons and kids inhabit the earth.

I intend to boost the UK's sales at least by seeing it again this weekend, and then next weekend at the IMAX.

Demagogue:
Oh me oh my... I can't wait to see Movie Bob rip this factoid apart on Tuesday... We finally get an awesome movie and people go and see freaking Grownup 2 instead?! This is why we end up with shitty movies... :(

If you want a preview, you can go look up his stuff around the time Scott Pilgrim/The Expendables came out.

Personally, I thought Scott Pilgrim sucked due to Michael Cera. MovieBob thought differently.

And THIS, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why we can't have nice things!

EDIT: Ha! You beat me to that one.

Irridium:
Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim.

This is why we can't have nice things.

Still true, though.

rofltehcat:
But... to watch it I'd have to go outside...

I'm still looking forward to watch it and I guess this is mainly because the mainstream didn't know about this enough. Being beaten by Despicable Me 2 isn't really a shame but Grown Ups 2? Really??? Did they buy their own tickets like some music companies bought their own cds?

But on the other hand, how can they not release it at the same time everywhere? Even in huge markets like Germany we have to wait one week. While I don't need to see it right away, I fear some people may resort to watching those horrible pirate versions.

And waiting one week is basically nothing. They are waiting until Semptember 12th in Greece! Is this some kind of joke? By then everyone will have pirated it.

Movies generally don't get pirated until the DVD releases. Unless a reviewer copy gets out (and that's quite rare), all they can pirate until then are the shitty cam videos and not many people are happy to watch that (not saying some people don't, but most of the pirates wait for a decent DVD rip). So it's more or less safe for 3 months, which beats out even that Greek release.

Also, consider the notion not everyone's into giant mecha robots and stuff. Personally, I'm not and when I saw the trailer for Pacific Rim, my thought wasn't "oh sweet", but "meh, boring action crap with giant robots". No offense to anyone - I understand why you'd appreciate it, but it's just not my cup of tea. I might still give it a look thanks to all the positive reviews, but even if I decided to, I'd need to find someone to go with and I don't know a single person who's into it either (and I know a bunch of geeks and non-geeks who like geek movies)

Teoes:
That makes very, very sad. You there! It's your fault! Go see Pacific Rim to try and rectify the issue. It's fun.

Alternatively, anyone else think we should send a Jaeger after Adam Sandler and see who's laughing then?

I'm trying, but the movie won't debut here until next month...

Oh... oh god. That's terrible news! I can understand Despicable Me 2 beating it because it's a family movie and the first one was great but Adam Sandler's latest schlock movie beating it is pathetic. Did everyone forget his last movie, Jack and Jill? And how it got nearly all the Razzies last year?

And people wonder why I'm bitter.

To be honest i don't care for Pacific Rim but Adam Sandler's movies are awful.

Pacific Rim is not even out here in germany!
We'll even it out!

I saw Pacific Rim yesterday and it was a fun movie. Not necessarily "good", but definitely fun. I don't think it deserves to be the #1 movie in America (or the world) or anything like that, but for all that is holy, it should be doing better than Grown Ups 2. When I heard there was a sequel being made, I couldn't believe it. I didn't even know the first one made enough money to justify a sequel.

I adored Despicable Me once I saw it, though, so I fully expected the sequel to do well.

I knew this was going to happen but it doesn't make me any less depressed about it happening. It baffles me that people will pay money to watch Adam Sandler make poop/piss/fart jokes for an hour and a half. Last year I was at a friends house for a movie night and they had rented Jack and Jill, I didn't laugh once and expressed my distaste with it afterwards but they just said I don't like any movies. No I enjoy a ton of movies I just don't enjoy horribly made ones. Unfortunately I wasn't able to see Pacific Rim over the weekend but I'm going tonight with some friends and hopefully I'll enjoy it.

One final thing watch the first 2 minutes of the following video (embedding isn't working for me again) in order to see the reason why Grown Ups 2 got first place at the box office. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9QbhTvoDUk

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