“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” made history in its first weekend of release, raking in $58 million domestically to set a new record as the biggest opening ever for a video game-derived movie. This tops the previous title-holder, Angelina Jolie’s “Tomb Raider” (which had an opening weekend of $47 million) by a hefty $11 million.
Despite the solid showing by “Detective Pikachu”, it wasn’t enough to dethrone “Avengers: Endgame”, which maintained its #1 position with $65 million domestically in its third weekend to place the “Pokemon” film in second place.
According to figures from Box Office Mojo, this propelled “Endgame” to a total domestic take to date of $723.5 million, officially overtaking both its predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War” ($679 million), and “Black Panther” ($700 million) to become the third-highest grossing movie in Hollywood history at the domestic box office. Meanwhile, “Endgame” is also the second-biggest film worldwide, with a global total of $2.48 billion, behind the $2.78 billion earned by “Avatar”.
For its studio, however, “Detective Pikachu” taking second place is still a big win. “I’m giddy. This is a big weekend for ‘Detective Pikachu’,” Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein, told Variety. “It worked because of the lighthearted nature of the film. You don’t need to be a Pokemon fan to see the movie.”
Landing in third place is “The Hustle”, with the Anne Hathaway-led “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake bringing in $13.5 million at the domestic box office.
Rounding out the top five are “The Intruder” (which brought in $6.6 million domestically in its second week for a two-week total of $20.9 million) in fourth place, and “Long Shot” at fifth place, adding $6.1 million in its second week for a total of $19.7 million.