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(Deadline)   Despicable Me 2 once again takes the top spot at the box office, beating out Grown Ups 2 which somehow became the #2 film in the nation, well ahead of Guillermo del Toro's giant robot film Pacific Rim   (deadline.com ) divider line 223
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2013-07-14 11:08:21 AM  
Lots of disappointment over Pacific Rim from what I've been reading online.
 
2013-07-14 11:17:57 AM  

Popcorn Johnny: Lots of disappointment over Pacific Rim from what I've been reading online.


I've seen a lot of positive reviews, and enjoyed it very much myself.
 
2013-07-14 11:31:56 AM  
I thought Pacific Rim was ten kinds of awesome.
 
2013-07-14 12:10:36 PM  

texdent: I thought Pacific Rim was ten kinds of awesome.


It was good.  However, we are doomed to just see more sequels instead of a movie that if not original, was at least different than your standard blockbuster movie fare.  After all Sandler could apparently film himself laying in bed for 90 minutes and it will make 45 million on the opening week.
 
2013-07-14 12:16:18 PM  

texdent: I thought Pacific Rim was ten kinds of awesome.


It was, but it's a new IP and it's marketed oddly.  If you had any love for Godzilla or giant robot cartoons in your youth or know people that do, tell 'em to go see it.  It's another Dredd situation - those the movie the meant for will farking love it.  Those who want the perfect brainless movie need to give it a chance.  But it's going to be word of mouth that will carry it for a few weeks.  I'm hoping it'll get cult legs.

Also, from a thread on Reddit today -

i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-14 12:17:03 PM  
Going to see Pacific Rim in a couple hours. I don't think anyone in the theater will understand why I get excited when the computer talks...
 
2013-07-14 12:18:47 PM  
I have heard nothing but good things about Pacific Rim.
 
2013-07-14 12:20:25 PM  
Pacific Rim was great. The only thing disappointing is that the same people who make the Kardashians into 'celebrities' also have shiatty taste in movies.
 
2013-07-14 12:20:53 PM  
Going to see it tomorrow probably.
 
2013-07-14 12:21:06 PM  
Hollywood Reporter on PR:

So far internationally, the tentpole is outpacing a slew of films that went on to gross between $300 million and $400 million overseas, including Rise of the Planet of the Apes,Clash of the Titans and Prometheus. It's also pacing on par with World War Z, which has earned more than $200 million to date at the foreign box office.

I think they're going to be okay.
 
2013-07-14 12:21:16 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Going to see Pacific Rim in a couple hours. I don't think anyone in the theater will understand why I get excited when the computer talks...


She's not in it. It was just a promotional thing when they showed the trailer at comic-con. Not sure why they didn't or couldn't get the voice into the movie, but it might have been distracting.
 
2013-07-14 12:21:40 PM  
I tried to see Pacific Rim at the drive in last night, but they had it paired with Grown Ups 2 for some farkin' reason and I wasn't going to sit through that.
 
2013-07-14 12:21:47 PM  

KhamanV: texdent: I thought Pacific Rim was ten kinds of awesome.

It was, but it's a new IP and it's marketed oddly.  If you had any love for Godzilla or giant robot cartoons in your youth or know people that do, tell 'em to go see it.  It's another Dredd situation - those the movie the meant for will farking love it.  Those who want the perfect brainless movie need to give it a chance.  But it's going to be word of mouth that will carry it for a few weeks.  I'm hoping it'll get cult legs.

Also, from a thread on Reddit today -

[i.imgur.com image 457x640]


Marketed oddly indeed. I would say it wasn't marketed at all.
 
2013-07-14 12:23:15 PM  
PR was good fun. You could tell this was all just a shout out to fans of mecha and Godzilla. It needs to do better.

Mentalpatient87: Going to see Pacific Rim in a couple hours. I don't think anyone in the theater will understand why I get excited when the computer talks...


The decorated baked good was in fact fabricated
 
2013-07-14 12:23:37 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Going to see Pacific Rim in a couple hours. I don't think anyone in the theater will understand why I get excited when the computer talks...


Correction. Her voice is in the movie as an AI, but it's not as glados and it won't sound too much like it. Sorry.
 
2013-07-14 12:28:27 PM  
Pacific Rim was ok. The monsters vs robots stuff was fun and the fight scenes were great, but the stories/dialogue/acting with the humans were mediocre at best, bordering on terrible. Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman stole the scenes they were in, but they were not in nearly enough of them to redeem the movie. The ending was predictable, and the bad-science rivaled After Earth. While still worth seeing, I wish I hadn't paid for Imax 3d.
 
2013-07-14 12:28:37 PM  
I loved Pacific Rim. It was amazing.
 
2013-07-14 12:29:36 PM  
Pacific Rim would be better marketed as "Monsterpocalypse," which is what it originally was until they dropped the license.

Look it up.
 
2013-07-14 12:30:56 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: Mentalpatient87: Going to see Pacific Rim in a couple hours. I don't think anyone in the theater will understand why I get excited when the computer talks...

She's not in it. It was just a promotional thing when they showed the trailer at comic-con. Not sure why they didn't or couldn't get the voice into the movie, but it might have been distracting.



Her voice was in the movie, it just wasn't a tweaked as in Portal.  But it was clearly the computer voice and even had a punchline in at least one place in the movie.

/people in line were talking about Portal
 
2013-07-14 12:31:02 PM  

DonkeyDixon: the bad-science rivaled After Earth


Yes Pacific Rim is filled with pseudoscience but no where near as bad as having all the species on Earth, evolved to kill humans when there are no humans there to kill.
 
2013-07-14 12:34:31 PM  
I saw Pacific Rim yesterday, and even though I was really pumped up to see it, something honestly fell a little short for me. There was a great set piece with the Hong Kong battle in the middle, but the final battle was a bit of a letdown since it was all underwater without the same sense of scale and was over pretty quickly. It was good, but I think it needed a little something extra to make it the mind melting awesomeness I was hoping for. Maybe I set my expectations too high, but I honestly thought it was a bit of a letdown. In contrast, Iron Man 3 at least went entertainingly off the rails in the middle, so it avoided the dreaded middle stretch where you know how the plot is going to play out because you've already seen Top Gun and Independence Day.

Don't get me wrong, it was a GOOD movie, way superior to the last two terrible Transformers movies. I just didn't click with me the way I was hoping.
 
2013-07-14 12:35:02 PM  
It sucks that a run of the mill Adam Sandler douchebag comedy beats out a giant robot vs giant monster movie, in the summer of all times but I suppose the former has a wider audience.

Let me qualify that to say that Pacific Rim was a well made robot vs monster movie with actual character moments and action scenes that were well shot and coherent. That separates it from movies like Transformers, which had humans you wanted to die and action scenes where you didn't know WTF was going on or who was fighting who.
 
2013-07-14 12:38:24 PM  

Blues_X: Pacific Rim was great. The only thing disappointing is that the same people who make the Kardashians into 'celebrities' also have shiatty taste in movies.


Look at the up-side: shiatty movies are what give the Deltas and Epsilons something to watch so they aren't infesting the theater where the good movie is playing.
 
2013-07-14 12:40:01 PM  
Had "Grown-ups 2" been released in 3D, its average ticket sale would have been greater, and it would have come in #1. Think about that.
 
2013-07-14 12:40:18 PM  

DonkeyDixon: Pacific Rim was ok. The monsters vs robots stuff was fun and the fight scenes were great, but the stories/dialogue/acting with the humans were mediocre at best, bordering on terrible. Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman stole the scenes they were in, but they were not in nearly enough of them to redeem the movie. The ending was predictable, and the bad-science rivaled After Earth. While still worth seeing, I wish I hadn't paid for Imax 3d.


I actually really liked those scenes as well, and also liked the guy from Torchwood. He and Charlie Day played off each other well. It was definitely a bright spot in the middle of the whole Maverick/Iceman dick measuring contest that dominated the middle of the movie.
 
2013-07-14 12:45:31 PM  
There was some woman at the screening last night who really enjoyed the movie and cheered and applauded throughout the whole thing.

I thought it was pretty great, but I'm not one for cheering at movies.
 
2013-07-14 12:46:00 PM  

The Gentleman Caller: Mentalpatient87: Going to see Pacific Rim in a couple hours. I don't think anyone in the theater will understand why I get excited when the computer talks...

Correction. Her voice is in the movie as an AI, but it's not as glados and it won't sound too much like it. Sorry.


Having seen the movie yesterday, this is news to me.
 
2013-07-14 12:46:25 PM  

Mad_Radhu: DonkeyDixon: Pacific Rim was ok. The monsters vs robots stuff was fun and the fight scenes were great, but the stories/dialogue/acting with the humans were mediocre at best, bordering on terrible. Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman stole the scenes they were in, but they were not in nearly enough of them to redeem the movie. The ending was predictable, and the bad-science rivaled After Earth. While still worth seeing, I wish I hadn't paid for Imax 3d.

I actually really liked those scenes as well, and also liked the guy from Torchwood. He and Charlie Day played off each other well. It was definitely a bright spot in the middle of the whole Maverick/Iceman dick measuring contest that dominated the middle of the movie.



Something to keep in mind in retrospect:  The characters were all archetypes from kaiju/anime.  That may seem 'off' to some folks looking for western characterizations.  GT is a huge fan of kaiju and anime (and Portal) and made this more or less as a live action love letter to the genre.  It even had deus ex that made me lmao.

/different strokes etc, etc...
/sword... chainsaw...
 
2013-07-14 12:46:37 PM  
If only parents knew that their kids would love Pacific Rim. I hope it goes on to be a sleeper hit at the very least. Also, no shoehorned romantic subplot. Thank you Del Toro.
 
2013-07-14 12:49:08 PM  

Lord Binky: If only parents knew that their kids would love Pacific Rim. I hope it goes on to be a sleeper hit at the very least. Also, no shoehorned romantic subplot. Thank you Del Toro.



Another thing i especially liked.  The female lead wasn't hyper sexualized and wearing 'boots' with completely impractical high heels everywhere ala Avengers, etc...
 
2013-07-14 12:50:45 PM  
By far the best summer action movie I've seen is Pacific Rim.  Better than Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel even though I wished that there was at least 15-20 more minutes of jaeger fighting (that would be nice to see them fight the earlier Kaiju).
 
2013-07-14 12:51:12 PM  
I haven't seen Pacific Rim yet, but I already like it, if for no other reason than it led to Guillermo del Toro's hilarious cameo as Pappy McDoyle on It's Always Sunny last season.

/i ate him first
//I ATE HIM FIRST!
///top ten all time Sunny episode right there
 
2013-07-14 12:52:51 PM  
Oh, also better than Star Trek: ID.  Sad that I already had forgotten that I had saw it this summer during opening weekend (in IMAX 3D nonetheless).
 
2013-07-14 12:53:15 PM  
Pacific Rim is such a gleeful indulgence.

It knows what it wants to be.  A super robot, super monster, super dumb movie.  Hell, the majority of the robots weapons were FISTS.  Plan A: PUNCH ALIEN GODZILLA IN THE HEAD.

If you can't get pumped for that then this isn't the movie for you.

Pacific Rim was the most fun I've ever had in a theater in over a year.  People cheered at the fight scenes and it didn't feel idiotic because it was so corny and so cheesy it was fine.  It made me feel like a kid again, I tried to get my fiancee to walk like a robot back home with me in drift.
 
2013-07-14 12:57:05 PM  
What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.
 
2013-07-14 12:58:50 PM  

Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.



I find it exceedingly refreshing that they didn't.
 
2013-07-14 12:59:05 PM  
One last tidbit about Pacific Rim:  There was none of the Batman-style "these events are all ripped from the headlines to make this movie look and seem thoughtful, and deep, and meaningful to todays world; but on closer examination is just a bunch of imitative cargo-cult *seriousness*"

There was a throwaway line about polluted oceans attracting them that could have derailed into a sermon about environmentalism, but thankfully the solution wasn't cleaning up the ocean, it was nuking the bad guys.
 
2013-07-14 01:01:10 PM  
I loved Pacific Rim. It's not going to win any Oscars (unless they're for the effects), but it was a fun movie that was far more enjoyable to watch than Man of Steel, Star Trek or (ugh) World War Z.
 
2013-07-14 01:02:33 PM  

Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.


Considering what a disaster Brad Pitt was for WWZ, I'm extremely happy they didn't.
 
2013-07-14 01:03:28 PM  

BafflerMeal: Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.


I find it exceedingly refreshing that they didn't.


Yeah, it really sucks but big name actors exist because they're risk management for movie producers.  They know our primitive brains connect with them as people and want to like them.  It's why they have the actors do press junkets about the movie. The actors know nearly nothing about making the movie, yet they're the ones promoting it because we identify with the faces on the screen.

So I'm a bit sore about Matt Damon heading Elysium, but Sharlto Copley is in there too.  The movie will hopefully make Blomkamp buckets of cash.
 
2013-07-14 01:04:23 PM  

Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.


www.moviesera.com ?

img.pandawhale.com
 
2013-07-14 01:05:33 PM  
Saw it, loved it, want a sequel.

And WTF are y'all talking about, there not being a romantic subplot? Raleigh and Mako were eye-farking each other every second they were on screen.
 
2013-07-14 01:05:34 PM  
Pacific Rim was awesome, fark everyone that saw Adam Sandler, and fark Adam Sandler
 
2013-07-14 01:06:24 PM  

BafflerMeal: Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.


I find it exceedingly refreshing that they didn't.


I'm not saying it would make a better movie, I'm saying that it's the unfortunate truth that star power is influential. Would Grown Ups 2 make the money it did with a bunch of guys no one never heard of, even if they were a lot funnier and more talented than the douchebags they casted? I'm not saying it's right, just sort of how it is.
 
2013-07-14 01:07:36 PM  

Mugato: BafflerMeal: Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.


I find it exceedingly refreshing that they didn't.

I'm not saying it would make a better movie, I'm saying that it's the unfortunate truth that star power is influential. Would Grown Ups 2 make the money it did with a bunch of guys no one never heard of, even if they were a lot funnier and more talented than the douchebags they casted? I'm not saying it's right, just sort of how it is.



Yeah i get that.  Not being argumentative, just happy it went it's own way.
 
2013-07-14 01:08:45 PM  

Wolf_Blitzer: Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.

Considering what a disaster Brad Pitt was for WWZ, I'm extremely happy they didn't.


I saw that movie.  What a pile.  The most boring zombie apocalypse I've ever seen.
 
2013-07-14 01:09:44 PM  

AdrienVeidt: Saw it, loved it, want a sequel.

And WTF are y'all talking about, there not being a romantic subplot? Raleigh and Mako were eye-farking each other every second they were on screen.


Good News Everyone...

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1710434/pacific-rim-2-guillermo-del -t oro.jhtml
 
2013-07-14 01:10:40 PM  
i have no intention of seeing any of those movies, but the fact that more people were willing to pay money to watch a pathetic adam sandler sequel instead of a cool-looking science fiction movie saddens me greatly.
 
2013-07-14 01:12:38 PM  

Mugato: What sucks about the industry is that they should have sprung for an "above the title" star. If George Clooney was the one driving the robot suit and they heavily promoted it, made a ton of toys, it could have been huge.


Clooney is busy dealing with horrible space station accidents and Sandra Bullock.

/wanna see that
//scares me more than "horror" movies
 
2013-07-14 01:17:41 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: Lots of disappointment over Pacific Rim from what I've been reading online.


It's hard to enjoy a movie that starts ignoring physics, military tactics, and common sense

My brain would only take so much before I just said "stop"
 
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