Detective Pikachu is certainly a success, holding strong in its third weekend in theaters. The first-ever Pokémon live-action film brought in an estimated $13.3 million over the three-day period, raising its overall domestic box office total to $116 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Worldwide, Detective Pikachu is at just under $353 million. This places it as one of the highest grossing video game films of all time, though it’s still behind movies like Rampage and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Domestically, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, has still outearned the Pokémon adaptation with $131 million. Surely in a weekend or two, however, Detective Pikachu will be the top performing domestic video game adaptation of all time.
With the movie both a financial and critical success, could the tides finally be turning for video games as a film genre? All signs point to yes with projects like Sonic the Hedgehog and Minecraft releasing in the next few years. Plus, Legendary is already moving forward with a sequel.
Did you enjoy Detective Pikachu? If so, how many times have you seen the movie in theaters? Let me know down in the comments section.