Avengers: Endgame, Detective Pikachu Dominate Worldwide Weekend Box Office With Over $160 Million Each

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Avengers: Endgame, Detective Pikachu Dominate Worldwide Weekend Box Office With Over $160 Million Each

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Avengers: Endgame, and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Highlights
  • Avengers: Endgame released April 26 in India
  • Detective Pikachu released May 10 in India
  • A strong weekend for both films at the box office

Avengers: Endgame and Pokemon: Detective Pikachu dominated the worldwide box office this past weekend as the two films brought in over $160 million each. Thanks to that, the highest-grossing Marvel movie of all time inched closer to Avatar's record total — Endgame is now at $2.485 billion (about Rs. 17,477 crores) vs the latter's $2.788 billion (about Rs. 19,608 crores) — while the first-ever live-action Pokemon movie is already eyeing the list of top-10 highest-grossing video game adaptations of all time.

Of the two, Avengers: Endgame had a slightly better weekend across the globe, garnering an additional $165.3 million (about Rs. 1,162 crores) in its third weekend, while Pokemon: Detective Pikachu picked up $161 million (about Rs. 1,132 crores) on its debut. Of Endgame's weekend total, an estimated $63 million (about Rs. 443 crores) came in from the home market of the US, while the rest $102.3 million (about Rs. 719.6 crores) was courtesy of all other international markets. For Detective Pikachu, the split was $58 million (about Rs. 408 crores) from the US, and $103 million (about Rs. 724.55 crores) from the rest.

Thanks to the $63 million haul in the US, Avengers: Endgame is now the third highest-grossing film of all time in the country, behind Avatar ($760 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936 million). And in combination with the international weekend gross, the Marvel film is now $302 million (about Rs. 2,124 crores) away from Avatar's worldwide total, which the James Cameron-directed film achieved over multiple releases. Endgame hasn't even been out for a month yet.

Detective Pikachu's $58 million opening in the US meant it secured the largest opening weekend for a video game adaptation there, besting a record held by the 2001 Angelina Jolie-starrer Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47.7 million). Internationally, China was the biggest earner for the Pokemon movie with nearly $41 million (about Rs. 288 crores), followed by the UK ($6.6 million), Germany ($5 million), Mexico ($4.97 million), France ($4.8 million), Australia ($3.5 million), South Korea ($3.2 million), Italy ($2.8 million), Spain ($2.2 million), Indonesia ($2.14 million), and Taiwan ($2.06 million). It's yet to open in Russia, where it releases May 16.

Put that together with its $13 million (about Rs. 91.42 crores) earnings in Japan, where it opened a week earlier, and Detective Pikachu is already up to $170 million (about Rs. 1,195 crores) worldwide. It has a fair way to go to become the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time worldwide, which is currently led by the 2016 disaster that was Warcraft ($433 million), which made most of its gross in China, and last year's Dwayne Johnson-starrer Rampage ($428 million), which was also panned by critics.

In fact, video game films don't have a good track record with critics in general. For what it's worth, Detective Pikachu has the highest average rating of all live-action video game movies, per reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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Akhil Arora Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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