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Detective Pikachu Estimated For US $58 Million Opening Weekend

by Donald Theriault - May 12, 2019, 9:13 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: BoxOfficeMojo

The rat sees green on page 13.

The ability to shoot electricity and solve mysteries couldn't handle Squirrel Girl's buddies.

Estimated box office for the opening weekend of Detective Pikachu's film adaptation have come in at US$58m, with a further estimated international take of $103m for a total of $161 million. In the US, the estimate falls short of the third weekend of megahit Avengers: Endgame with its estimated $63m take. (Final actual figures will be provided on Monday.)

Detective Pikachu does have the highest opening for a video game adaptation in history, passing the 2016 Tomb Raider film reboot by about $10m. It is the highest opening for a Pokémon movie, passing the 1999 Pokémon: The First Movie by about $26.5m. As well, Detective Pikachu is popular with audiences according to film polling firm CinemaScore, with an A- score making it the third live action video game adaptation (after the first Mortal Kombat movie and the Dwayne Johnson-helmed Rampage) to score above a B.

The film has made back its approximately $150m US production budget, though it would need to double its current worldwide figure to be profitable after marketing.

Talkback

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 12, 2019

Rampage scored above a B?  Maybe I should give it a view.

I've not been too kind on Detective Pikachu.  I really didn't enjoy it much.  I think I went in with too high of expectations.

LemonadeMay 12, 2019

I loved the movie and will see it again

Seen it twice already and will probably see it again this week!

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorMay 12, 2019

What did I miss?

To cut and paste (and edit for clarification here) from elsewhere:  I went in expecting a good chunk of humor throughout the entire movie. It's like it's marketed as a comedy, tries to be a drama, and fails at at doing either one exceedingly well. The comedy is great when it's there - but pretty much all the funny was shown in the previews (which seemed to be shown too often as-is, making the jokes fall flat by the time I saw the movie). The drama is your basic kid's movie Scooby-Doo stuff, which isn't terrible for the target audience, but without something else to hook me, it just... meh.

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