It opened at #2, behind the absolute juggernaut that is Avengers: Endgame, which pulled in $63 million in its third weekend. Locally, this also makes Detective Pikachu the biggest ever opening weekend for a video game movie, earning $11 million more than the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movie ($47 million) from 2001.
The reign of Avengers: Endgame as the highest grossing film every single day since its release last April is finally over, and all it took to defeat the Marvel superheroes was a little wise-cracking yellow monster. That would be the highest USA opening weekend box office for any film adaptation of a video game (unadjusted for inflation), topping Lara Croft Tomb Raider's US$47.7 million in 2001.
With a global tally now nearing $2.5 billion, Avengers appears to be on track to pass Avatar ($2.79 billion) as the all-time top grossing film.
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"I'm giddy", Warner Bros.' head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein, told Variety this morning. The impressive start for "Detective Pikachu" signals a rare win for video-game to big-screen adaptations. "This is a big weekend for Detective Pikachu". Letterman directed the film, with a script by Nicole Perlman and Letterman.
Audiences seem high on Ryan Reynolds' snarky take on the eponymous sleuthing Pokemon, awarding the film an A- CinemaScore.
"Typically movies based on video games haven't been all that successful", Goldstein said. Justice Smith stars alongside an adorable animated Pikachu (Reynolds) as the two team up to find out why the boy's dad went missing. Poms, an uplifting comedy from STX and eOne, debuted with a paltry US$5.1 million from 2,750 theaters. However, the opening for the Diane Keaton film about senior citizens starting a cheerleading squad is a big disappointment for the studios which had expected the film to bring in at least $8.5 million.
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"The Hustle", a female-fronted spin on "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, landed in third with $13.6 million despite lackluster reviews. Sony and Screen Gems' "The Intruder" secured the No. 4 spot with $6.6 million, bringing its North American bounty to $20.9 million.
And in fifth, also down two spots, was Lionsgate's odd-couple romantic comedy Long Shot, at $6.1 million. R. R. Tolkien, debuted in ninth place with US$2 million from 1,495 locations.
Even with the unprecedented run of Avengers: Endgame the box office is still pacing over 9 per cent behind past year, according to Comscore.
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