Box office reveals POKÉMON Detective Pikachu had the largest opening weekend for a video game adaptation ever

The highly anticipated film POKÉMON Detective Pikachu is now playing in theaters around the world. As you’ve probably heard by now, the live-action movie stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu. You won’t want to miss the exciting adventure as Tim Goodman and Pikachu explore Ryme City and uncover the mysteries of this Pokémon-filled world. And by attending a showing this opening weekend, you can get a special Pokémon Trading Card Game promo card at the theater. Despite being in theaters for only a couple days, the movie is already making history:

‘Detective Pikachu’ Delivers Record Opening for a Video Game Adaptation as ‘Endgame’ Tops $700M

“Disney’s Avengers: Endgame dipped a little more than expected for the three-day, but it was still able to capture the weekend’s top spot, holding off a record start for a video game adaptation from WB’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Meanwhile, UA Releasing’s The Hustle lived up to expectations, but STX and eOne’s Poms and Disney’s release of the Fox Searchlight drama Tolkien both struggled in their debuts over this Mother’s Day weekend.

“With an estimated $63 million, Avengers: Endgame topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend in a row for a domestic cume that now stands at $723.5 million. Endgame is only the third film ever to top $700 million domestically as it topped Black Panther to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

“Internationally, Endgame added another $102.3 million for an international cume that now stands at $1.76 billion and a global tally reaching $2.485 billion. The film remains the second highest grossing international and worldwide release ever, trailing Avatar both categories, though by just $302 million worldwide and $265 million internationally in what could end up a very tight race.

“Finishing in second is WB’s Detective Pikachu with an estimated $58 million. The adaptation of the 2016 video game of the same name, which itself was based on the popular Pokemon franchise, delivered what is now the largest opening weekend for a video game adaptation ever, topping 2001’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider ($47.7m). Not only that, opening weekend audiences liked the film to the tune of an “A-” CinemaScore, which is only the sixth time a video game adaptation has scored anything higher than a “B”. In fact, three of the previous “A-” CinemaScores went to WB’s three previous Pokemon films and the other two “A-” scores went to Mortal Kombat and Rampage.

“Looking ahead, should Detective Pikachu follow in the footsteps of previous video game adaptations, we’re probably looking at a domestic run anywhere from $145-165 million. Outside that range on the high end, films such as Hitman, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Prince of Persia delivered 3x multiples, which would mean a domestic run closer to $175 million, but a performance closer to the likes of Rampage and The Angry Birds Movie seems a little more reasonable at this point, which would suggest a domestic run topping $160 million. However you look at it, we’re talking about a film that will soon become the highest grossing video game adaptation of all-time domestically as it has already entered the top ten after just three days in release.

“Internationally, Detective Pikachu delivered an estimated $103 million this weekend for a running overseas cume that now totals $112.4 million after opening in Japan last weekend where it has brought in nearly $13 million so far. The film’s international performance is led by this weekend’s opening in China where it has already brought in nearly $41 million. Additional openings include UK ($6.6m), Germany ($5.0m), Mexico ($4.97m), France ($4.8m), Australia ($3.5m), Korea ($3.2m), Italy ($2.8m), Spain ($2.2m), Indonesia ($2.14m) and Taiwan ($2.06m). The next major market release is Russia where the film will open on May 16.”

Source: Box Office Mojo


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