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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Breaks Box Office Record

While Avengers: Endgame is still dominating the box office around the world, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu came mighty close to toppling Earth’s Greatest Heroes, as the move came at #2 in its opening weekend.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu opened with $58 million over the weekend and opened up on Thursday night with $5.7 million during its preview night in North America. Analysts forecasted high as $80 million opening weekend for the first live-action Pokémon movie but internal forecasting placed the movie at around $50 million. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu broke a world record for the largest opening weekend for a video game adaption ever, besting 2001’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider, a film that brought in $47 million during it’s opening weekend.

Either way, the numbers are good for what is being considered to be the best live-action video game film ever. Featuring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character and newcomer Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu pairs the two together to solve the disappearance of Tim’s father.

I enjoyed the film but feel the story was rather basic as a premise. I’d love to see more of the world though because the Pokémon felt real and natural to the world. I spent my time looking at how many I knew off the top of my head and making note of which I didn’t.

Internationally, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu earned $103 million. In China, the film made $41 million, Japan brought in $13 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).

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