Pokémon Detective Pikachu takes over $5m during its first outing at weekend box office

Pokémon Detective Pikachu has proven it wasn’t up to the challenge of unseating Avengers: Endgame at the box office this weekend, landing just shy of the Marvel superhero flick which came out on top for the fourth consecutive week.

The final film in the current phase of the Avengers storyline took a further $5.48m, adding to its running total of $74.34m, while Detective Pikachu took $5.02m.

The Pokémon film sees Ryan Reynolds voice the titular yellow critter opposite Justice Smith, and is the first live-action adaptation in the franchise. Distributed by Warner Bros, the film is based on a video game of the same name and was directed by Rob Letterman who also directed Monsters vs. Aliens. It can now boast the biggest opening weekend for a film based on a video game, overtaking 2001’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

Avengers: Endgame experienced a significant drop from last week, down 60% in Australia and 57% in the US, but is still on track to become the second highest grossing film of all time in the US domestic market with just US$40m to go before it beats the current second place holder, Avatar. Star Wars: The Force Awakens sits in the top spot, $200m ahead of Avengers: Endgame currently. At a global level, Endgame is currently nearing US$2.5bn compared to Avatar’s global taking of $2.78bn.

Another new entrant in the box office is Universal’s The Hustle, which took $2.21m across the weekend. The heist comedy pairs Anne Hathaway with Rebel Wilson and has been dubbed a female-fronted remake of 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. It aired across 260 screens throughout the weekend, compared to Avengers’ 686 and Pikachu’s 412.

Rounding out the top five was Top End Wedding, which is still performing well. It took the fourth spot, taking $866,428 for its second weekend, across 288 screens, for a total of $2.51m. Roadshow’s newly released Poms took the fifth spot with $787,380 from 298 screens. The Zara Hayes directed comedy stars Diane Keaton and Jackie Weaver as retirees who start a cheerleading squad.

Disney’s live-action Dumbo remake dropped from the top ten, falling 57% to take $91,001 in its seventh weekend, giving it an overall total of $11.99m.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Avengers: Endgame (Disney) $5,479,149 686 $74,362,888
Pokemon Detective Pikachu (Wb) $5,019,910 412 $5,019,910
The Hustle (Universal) $2,213,739 260 $2,624,301
Top End Wedding (Universal) $866,428 288 $2,997,918
Poms (Roadshow) $787,380 298 $837,209
Long Shot (Studiocanal) $426,448 249 $1,535,702
Maharshi (Southern Star) $282,555 41 $282,555
Peppa Pig: Festival Of Fun (Universal) $153,437 222 $711,748
All Is True (Sony) $116,218 32 $127,966
The Chaperone (Studiocanal) $100,057 151 $1,180,219
Dumbo (live Action) (Disney) $91,001 136 $12,003,590
Wonder Park (Paramount) $73,756 102 $6,359,489
Gloria Bell (Roadshow) $63,423 42 $518,041
The Curse Of The Weeping Woman (Wb) $59,701 135 $2,166,384
Captain Marvel (Disney) $59,195 56 $41,556,550
The Aftermath (Fox) $58,551 104 $1,991,923
Shazam! (Wb) $43,540 88 $16,655,844
Burning (Palace) $38,851 17 $517,449
Always Miss You (Chinalion Film) $33,776 15 $33,776
Five Feet Apart (Roadshow) $29,492 66 $7,208,116

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