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Pacific Rim beats Harry Potter with China opening

Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' has opened to a record-breaking box office in China, beating the takings of the final 'Harry Potter' film.

The monsters-versus-robots romp, which has underperformed in the US, made itself $9 million on Wednesday, compared to a $7 million opening by 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II' back in 2011.

The substantial sum – which will increase in the coming days – means that the film now has much more potential to run to a sequel.

Though it's surprisingly not hit the $100 million mark in the US, reaching $86 million in the three weeks since it opened, it has done much better overseas, recouping its rather robust $180 million production budget.

It's set to open in Spain and Japan this weekend, which should also bolster the war chest for a sequel, and then in Brazil the week after.

But early signs on its release in the US were not good at all.

It was beaten by both Adam Sandler's critically despised 'Grown Ups 2' and 'Despicable Me 2' on its opening, leading some to think the film could potentially flop disastrously.

The one fly in the ointment for 'Rim' is recent revelations that the Chinese authorities have been withholding movie profits from US studios.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the Chinese Film Group has not paid any profits back to Hollywood studios 'for months', while a wrangle over a new two percent tax continues.

Assuming Warners and co. can actually get their hands of the cash though, del Toro and his jaegers could be back for more monster battering action.
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