Pokemon Detective Pikachu is biggest video game movie launch


This includes $13 million in Japan (where it opened a week early) and over $40 million in China. Between both the domestic and foreign box offices, Detective Pikachu has earned a combined total of US$170.4 million. The good news is while it took "Avatar" 72 days to reach $2.5 billion, it only took "Endgame" 18 days.

Avengers: Endgame officially passed Avengers: Infinity War ($679 million) and Black Panther ($700 million) to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office with $724 million in ticket sales. Securing that number in just 17 days, the film is now the third-highest grossing feature in terms of North American records, beating out the likes of Black Panther ($700 million) and Infinity War ($679 million).

"Avengers: Endgame" continues to dominate at the box office as it came in #1 at the box office for a third weekend in a row, beating newcomers "Detective Pikachu" and "The Hustle". The third-biggest video game movie launch goes to Pokémon: The First Movie, which, adjusted for inflation, made $55 million during its first North American weekend back in 1999. "This is a big weekend for Detective Pikachu".

"It worked because of the lighthearted nature of the film", Goldstein said. Sitting at 64% critic score and 85% audience score, Detective Pikachu has managed to appeal to the majority of viewers: from first time Pokemon movie goers to franchise veterans. The impressive start for Detective Pikachu signals a rare win for video-game to big-screen adaptations. SYFY WIRE actually fan casted all 151 original Pocket Monsters; that list can be found here.

Pokemon Detective Pikachu has finally released and has been met with some criticism by fans, but regardless of everyones thoughts of the movie the title has claimed a spot as the highest grossing video game movie in an opening weekend. Detective Pikachu would be the top film at the global weekend box office, if the actual totals reported on Monday match these estimates.