Guillermo del Toro’s recent monster vs robot flick, Pacific Rim, has not fared as expected in the box office leaving the chance of a sequel undetermined. Thankfully, the foreign box office has the film doing much better with the latest box office numbers revealing another $53 million in foreign markets this weekend, of which $45 million is from China alone. Hopefully this means a sequel will happen.
One of the film’s stars, Charlie Day, recently spoke with CraveOnline about the prospect of a Pacific Rim 2. In the film, Day portrays Dr. Newton Geiszler, a scientist studying the Kaijus.
“I remember when I first met with him (Del Toro) that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film,” Day said. “But, I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don’t think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea….Guillermo is one of these guys that his mind is so active that he might have an idea about something and then it’s a completely different idea five minutes later.”
He also added,
“I’m hopeful that we get to drive a big punching robot. I think traditionally in those comics, sometimes the science guys put together a cheap, dorky version of one of the robots so maybe we’ll get to do something like that.”
Currently, Pacific Rim has racked in $293 million in worldwide box office. The film is set in the 2020s, when Earth is under attack by Kaijus, colossal monsters which have emerged from an interdimensional portal on the floor of the Pacific Ocean. To combat the monsters, humanity unites to create the Jaegers: gigantic humanoid mecha, each controlled by two pilots whose minds are joined by a neural bridge. Focusing on the war’s later days, the story follows Raleigh Becket, a washed-up Jaeger pilot called out of retirement and teamed with rookie pilot Mako Mori in a last-ditch effort to defeat the Kaijus.