‘Pikachu’ tries to dethrone the ‘Avengers,’ but just misses

'Avengers: Endgame' Wins Third Weekend At Box Office Over 'Detective Pikachu'

Endgame rises to $723 million, and while it can still make a run at Avatar for the biggest film of all time worldwide (it's $300 million behind), it is now falling behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the title of top film in America, all time, even as it rises to number three domestic, surpassing Infinity War and Black Panther.

Avengers: Endgame led the North American box office for a third week running, but the cuddly creatures of a new Pokémon movie gave the superheroes a run for its money, industry watchers said Sunday. The studio's live-action Pokemon adaptation pulled in a solid US$58 million when it launched in 4,202 venues.

Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Alexandra Rabe, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth speak onstage during the world premiere of Marvel Studios" "Avengers: Endgame' on 23 April 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

"Endgame" is still going after the box office king, "Avatar", which has the highest grossing box office total of all time with $2.788 billion.

"What a terrific result", said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. This summer, it looks like Ryan Reynolds and Detective Pikachu are going to fall just short of taking down Endgame in its third weekend, as it puts up another impressive $63.1 million, or about what Infinity War earned in its third weekend. "You don't need to be a Pokemon fan to see the movie". It had the biggest bow in China ($40 million), followed by the United Kingdom ($6.6 million).

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On the global stage, the Detective Pikachu film earned an estimate of about $103 million worldwide. "Poms", an uplifting comedy from STX and eOne, debuted with a paltry $5.1 million from 2,750 theaters.

Things worked out OK for Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake, The Hustle despite abysmal reviews (16 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Lionsgate's "Long Shot", a romantic comedy with Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, nabbed fifth place, adding $6.1 million this weekend for a domestic tally of $19.7 million.

In smaller releases, "Tolkien", a biopic about the "Lord of the Rings" author starring Nicholas Hoult opened in ninth place on 1,495 screens with $2.2 million, while the documentary "The Biggest Little Farm" debuted in five locations and earned $101,012.

A number of holdovers rounded out box office charts.

Even with the unprecedented run of "Avengers: Endgame", the box office is still pacing over 9% behind past year, according to Comscore. Top territories include Russian Federation with $2.4 million, Germany with $1.8 million, and Australia with $1.8 million.



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