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Old 04-08-2013, 22:47
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This is great news as it means a sequel is much more likely.

It's interesting that Pacific Rim has done well in China and Russia, whose Jaegers and pilots got so little screen-time in the movie (they were effectively "jobbed" so the American Jaeger could be the "hero"), whereas USA and Australia, who had the most prominent Jaegers, didn't care much for the movie.

So, here's hoping for a re-headed Crimson Typhoon and Cherno Alpha 2 dominating the sequel.
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Old 04-08-2013, 22:57
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i hate action heavy movies that rely on CGI, i prefer an interesting storyline personally...
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Old 05-08-2013, 00:21
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Be careful with the figures because it was announced that Looper did some ridiculously good business in China and then the claim was later retracted by whoever collected the data.

It's also needs to gross around $380m just to break even for Warner (around 50% of box office goes the cinema showing it), and it still has a way to go. It will still probably break even for Warner when DVD sales and the few remaining territories to open are factored in, but it might not reach the numbers required for a sequel to be greenlit.
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Old 05-08-2013, 00:47
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$45m China opening - as it drags its feet towards $100m US. I'd wait for more positive noises from Warners regarding a sequel as we've seen sequels announced for underperformers before - only to see them languish in production Hell (Green Lantern, Tron).

Still, PR should do better than them with $400m worldwide looking feasible - enough for a sequel these days, although some observers might comment that it would simply be playing to exactly the same audience rather than attracting anything wider. It may draw more into the fold via BR/DVD and the rest of course, but we'll have to see.

Having seen it myself, it's difficult to see where they can take it, frankly. Although that never stopped the Transformers franchise (which, of course, PR is nothing like *cough*).
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Old 05-08-2013, 16:38
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which will mean US blockbuster films will be made with the Chinese market in mind from the start, rather than edited afterwards
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Old 06-08-2013, 18:08
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i hate action heavy movies that rely on CGI, i prefer an interesting storyline personally...
It's great that people can judge a movie without watching it.
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Old 06-08-2013, 22:05
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You didn't miss much, it felt like a poor man Americanised Neon Genesis Evangelion.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:55
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You didn't miss much, it felt like a poor man Americanised Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Ouch! A very VERY poor man's NGE!

A bankrupt man, to be honest.
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Old 07-08-2013, 20:47
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Ouch! A very VERY poor man's NGE!

A bankrupt man, to be honest.
Del Toro was mostly influenced by Patlabor, Mazinger-Z and his biggest childhood influence was Tetsujin-28, he has never seen Evangelion, though Travis Beacham had.

The Evangelions are not mechs.
The Jaegers are mechs.
The pilot's mothers aren't in the Jaegers.
Gundam, Ghost in the Shell both did the neural thing before Evangelion.
The pilots are in Pacific Rim are adults.

Godzilla and the Kaiju genre predate Evangelion by decades.

Evangelion was a deconstruction of mecha anime, it is littered with mecha anime tropes which it copied and deconstructed.

Testujin 28, Patlabor, Gundam, Big-O, Super Sentai, Mazinger-Z and many others were all made before Evangelion.
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Old 07-08-2013, 23:17
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I know that Godzilla predates NGE by years and have also read that Del Toro hasn't seen NGE.

Having only seen Patlabor and a few Gundam series, I've heard of the others but haven't seen them.

Watching Pacific Rim I couldn't think of anything else. Maybe that's my fault. I didn't really enjoy the film thought the characters were flat and the plot boring.
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Old 08-08-2013, 17:01
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Its ironic the film has done best in China and Russia, given their Jeagers were killed off quickly to pander to American audiences.

Its also worth noting that the mechs had more personality and character than Bay's Transformers, despite the fact that the Transformers are supposed to be living alien robots.

It also helped that the Jaegers didn't have the godawful Western design (random slabs and plates with no aesthetic) that Bayformers used. Thankfully Del Toro went with the far superior , sexier Asian mech design.
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Old 08-08-2013, 18:04
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Its ironic the film has done best in China and Russia, given their Jeagers were killed off quickly to pander to American audiences.

Its also worth noting that the mechs had more personality and character than Bay's Transformers, despite the fact that the Transformers are supposed to be living alien robots.

It also helped that the Jaegers didn't have the godawful Western design (random slabs and plates with no aesthetic) that Bayformers used. Thankfully Del Toro went with the far superior , sexier Asian mech design.
You just accused Michael Bay of not sexualing his films enough. Are you feeling okay?

Also, I think both Hasbro and Warner Bros. licensing department would be a tad pissed off if they looked too much like Transformers.
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