'Pacific Rim' Sequel Could Happen After Big China Debut

08/01/2013 09:21 am ET
AP

As of this writing, "Pacific Rim" has made just a smidgen more than "The Lone Ranger" at the North American box office, and it trails films like "Oblivion," "The Conjuring" and "The Hangover Part III" on the yearly box office chart. Despite that lukewarm reception from U.S. audiences, Warner Bros. could move forward with a sequel to Guillermo del Toro's film thanks to the feature's huge overseas windfall.

"Pacific Rim" has already grossed $140 million around the world, and that's not including the record opening bow for the film in China. According to Deadline.com, "Pacific Rim" made $9 million on Wednesday, the most ever for a Warner Bros. production ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" made $7 million in 2011). That start has the film's sequel all but assured, as previous reports from TheWrap had China, Brazil and Japan holding a key to further "Pacific Rim" features.

Not that anything will happen overnight. "It will take us a while to develop,” del Toro said to EW.com earlier this year. "I don't think the screenplay will come out so quick. It took us a year and a half to do this script, and it'll take us at least two years to develop the other script."

The monsters-versus-robots saga was released on July 12.

For more on the film's Chinese debut, head to Deadline.com.

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