Will there be another surprise blockbuster this summer?
After the better-than-expected box office for Brad Pitt's "World War Z," it looks like the Guillermo del Toro-directed "Pacific Rim" is poised for a big weekend as well.
The robots vs. monsters sci-fi movie opened to $3.6 million in late Thursday night screenings -- matching numbers posted by "World War Z" a few weeks ago. That figure is ahead of predictions by studio Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
Of course, as Variety notes, "Decent midnight grosses, since they're often so heavily fanboy driven, rarely paint an accurate picture as to just how big an upside the film will earn. But if a film craters with late-nights, it's doomed to underperform. That won't be the case with 'Pacific Rim.'"
If "Pacific Rim" can keep it up, it may come close to "World War Z"'s opening weekend haul of $66.4 million. If, though, is the operative word. Adam Sandler's new comedy, "Grown Ups 2," also performed well on Thursday night, grossing $2.3 million, and is still expected to match or beat its big-budget competition.