The Movie: Guillermo Del Toro unleashes the pitch of the year - giant robots vs giant monsters.
The Risk: How risky can this be? Well, with a $200+ million investment to recoup, an unstarry cast (Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba) and Del Toro doing a U-turn on 3D post-conversion, there are a lot of unknowns here.
Did It Pay Off?: A recent test screening reported off the scale, with Looper director Rian Johnson amongst those declaring it to be a hit. "Go into Pacific Rim prepared to be transmogrified into a 12 year old. And then to pee your pants with joy. I love it so much," Johnson tweeted.