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Detective Pikachu captures biggest weekend opening ever in US for a video game film adaptation

Detective Pikachu captures biggest weekend opening ever in US for a video game film adaptation

Warner Bros’ Detective Pikachu achieved the biggest opening weekend ever for a video game movie adaptation in the US.

The film, which sees Ryan Reynolds voice a live-action Pikachu, brought in an estimated $58 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie finished second for its opening weekend, with Avengers: Endgame taking the top spot with $63 million.

Detective Pikachu’s numbers were still enough though to surpass 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which generated $47.7 million.

$161 million worldwide

Outside of the US, the film grossed approximately $103 million, taking its worldwide earnings up to $161 million.

The top grossing video game movie of all time is 2016’s Warcraft at $433.7 million, which made the majority of its sales from China.

Detective Pikachu made $41 million from the Chinese audiences during its opening, however unless a large number of viewers continue to watch the film over the next couple of weekends, it’s unlikely to supplant Warcraft.


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Matthew Forde is a freelance writer from Yorkshire, who's work has been published for Tech Radar, Nintendo Life, Kotaku UK and more. He regularly attends Smash Bros. tournaments, while trying to keep up-to-date on everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999.

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