Although Pacific Rim 2 has been in development since December, when screenwriter Travis Beacham signed on to write the sequel, we haven't heard much about the follow-up, given Pacific Rim has only earned $84 million domestically after three weeks. Today, we have word that sequel talks are heating up, after director Guillermo del Toro's action-thriller broke box office records in China.

The movie earned a record-breaking $9 million in its first day of release in China, the most ever for a Warner Bros. movie, 23% more than any Harry Potter earned in the country. It also had an enormous 70% of the market share during the Wednesday opening. The creature feature was also the top international movie over the July 19-21 weekend, where it opened in less than half of worldwide territories. As of now, Pacific Rim has earned $140 million in 52 territories, with a worldwide gross of $224 million, from a budget estimated between $180 million and $220 million.

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Back in February, Guillermo del Toro revealed he is in no rush to direct Pacific Rim 2, with other projects such as Crimson Peak and The Strain currently on his development slate.