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.