In a summer filled with big-budget misfires, "Pacific Rim" faces a steep challenge at the box office this weekend.
Though Guillermo del Toro's 3-D robot action flick has so far earned mostly positive reviews -- including from such unlikely figures as Kanye West -- the film has yet to generate strong interest among moviegoers. On Monday, those who had seen pre-release audience surveys said the picture may only open with around $30 million in ticket sales -- an underwhelming start for a production with a budget of nearly $190 million.
But if Del Toro is anxious about the film's box office prospects he wasn't showing it at the movie's premiere in Hollywood on Tuesday night. The filmmaker, 48, was first to arrive on the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre -- rare for big-name talent, a breed not exactly known for punctuality.
, best known for his role on FX's "Sons of Anarchy," plays a pilot in the movie, which also stars
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Del Toro said he was taking note of these endorsements -- particularly West's.