‘Avengers’ hold off ‘Detective Pikachu’ for top spot


Even with its record opening for a video game adaptation, WB’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu still couldn’t unsnap Avengers: Endgame from the top spot for the three-day weekend.

According to Boxoffice Mojo, the DisneyMarvel film dipped a little more than expected but was still able to haul in an estimated $63 million. Its domestic cume now stands at $723.5 million, making the superhero epic only the third film to ever top $700 million. The film closest to it – Black Panther, also a Marvel Production.

The adorable Detective Pikachu did manage to bring in $58 million domestically. The adaptation of the 2016 video game of the same name, which itself was based on the popular Pokemon franchise, delivered what is now the largest opening weekend for a video game adaptation ever, topping 2001’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider’s $47.7m.

The film earned an A- with audiences on CinemaScore, so the coming weeks do look good for the film. Not only that, opening weekend audiences liked the film to the tune of an “A-” CinemaScore, which is only the sixth time a video game adaptation has scored anything higher than a “B”.

Interestingly, three of the previous “A-” CinemaScores went to WB’s three previous Pokemon films and the other two “A-” scores went to Mortal Kombat and Rampage, says BoxOffice Mojo.

With its A-, the film could look at domestic haul anywhere from $145-165 million.

UA Releasing’s The Hustle finished in third with an estimated $13.5 million. Opening day audiences gave the film a “B” CinemaScore while 72% of the crowd was female and 66% were under 35 years old.

Sony’s The Intruder held on better than expected for a fourth place finish after dipping just -39% in its second weekend for a $6.6 million three-day. The film’s domestic total now tops $21 million after ten days in release.

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Rounding out the top five is Lionsgate’sLong Shot, which also held on better than expected with an estimated $6.1 million three-day, dropping -37% in its second weekend. The Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron rom com has now grossed just shy of $20 million domestically.

Below is the domestic Box Office Chart for this weekend:

Source: ComScore

Internationally, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man and the rest of the Marvel horde added another $102.3 million for an international cume that now stands at $1.76 billion and a global tally reaching $2.485 billion.

The film remains the second highest grossing international and worldwide release ever, trailing Avatar both categories, though by just $302 million worldwide and $265 million internationally in what could end up a very tight race.

In other parts of the world, Detective Pikachu delivered an estimated $103 million this weekend for a running overseas cume that now totals $112.4 million after opening in Japan last weekend where it has brought in nearly $13 million so far.

According to BoxOffice Mojo, the film’s international performance is led by this weekend’s opening in China where it has already brought in nearly $41 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).

The next major market release is Russia where the film will open on May 16. Below is the International Box Office for this weekend:

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Source: BoxOfficeMojo