Proving the mettle (or is that metal?) of giant robots fighting giant monsters, Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” seems to have managed to overcome its slow start domestically, and has since tripled its Stateside box office total with a strong overseas run.
The sci-fi actioner now stands at $407 million worldwide, from a $190 million budget. The rule of box office being that a film has to at least double its production budget in order to turn a profit (but in some cases, it’s more a case of 2.5 times its production budget), it’s not a certainty that “Pacific Rim” is currently in the black.
Which means, yes, DVD/Blu-ray sales are even more important to the possibility of a “Pacific Rim 2”. So if you want a sequel, you better go out there and buy the movie on Blu-ray. Seriously, that’s the only way you’re going to get a sequel. If enough of you do it, and the film manages to eke out a profit — congrats, you’ve got a “Pacific Rim 2” in the works.
Guillermo del Toro is already doing his part. Talking to IGN, the director confirms that he’s already writing a script to the sequel with original writer Travis Beacham:
[We] are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.
So yes, the script is being worked on. But then again, writing scripts are cheap — heck, it doesn’t even have to cost you anything. It’s when that “green light” thing comes around that serious money really starts getting tossed out there.
So what should you do if you want a “Pacific Rim 2”? Click on the Blu-ray cover for the movie below and buy yourself a copy. If you don’t, don’t come whining to me if you never get your sequel. Just sayin’.