detective pikachu endgame box office

The first ever live-action Pokémon movie is on a roll! Video game movies often flop, but Detective Pikachu is kicking tradition to the curb. In addition to receiving mostly positive reviews, the Legendary film is putting up big numbers at the box office. It managed to beat out Avengers: Endgame to top the international charts at launch, and last weekend it did it again.

Detective Pikachu is a box office hit

Detective Pikachu just pulled in another $53.8 million from 72 markets around the world. This was enough to top Endgame ($46.8 million) and John Wick: Chapter 3  ($35 million). The Avengers film has been available longer, so it’s not surprising that its numbers are slipping. That said, Endgame is also the second most profitable movie of all time so far, so it’s still tough competition.

This brings the international total for the movie to $193.4 million, just shy of the $200 million mark. That number gets a lot higher when you add in the box office numbers from the United States. Detective Pikachu has generated $287.4 million total across all markets. It had a budget of $150 million, so it’s definitely a profitable product.

We previously reported that Detective Pikachu had a record-breaking debut.  It made $58 million during its US debut, beating out Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47 million) for the most lucrative video game movie opening. Since then, it has raised that domestic total to $94,001,846. That’s good enough for fourth place so far. It should easily breeze past Rampage ($101,028,233) and Angry Birds ($107,509,366) in the coming weeks. Passing up Tomb Raider ($131,168,070) will be a tougher challenge, but it’s definitely possible. Detective Pikachu has already beaten out every past (animated) Pokémon movie at the box office.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

3 Comments

  1. Almost like Endgame is winding down its time in the cinemas, as we are close to a month after it first came out. So there isnt as a big a rush to see it, while Detective Pikachu has been out for less than a fortnight, meaning its at the point where most people will be going to see it…

  2. This writer doesn’t know what hes talking about. Actually Detective Pikachu is currently flopping. A general rule of thumb when considering this is that for wide releases, that the marketing budget is about the same as the production budget. Meaning that to even break even, this movie is going to need to earn about 300 million dollars. Which at this point, it hasn’t done yet.

    International sales generally give about 60% of its revenues back to the country of origin. Therefore 40% should be counted as actual take in money. For this movie to be considered a success, earning around 375 to 400 million is the actual numbers this movie needs to even begin to think about green lighting a sequel.

  3. This writer doesn’t know what hes talking about. Actually Detective Pikachu is currently flopping. A general rule of thumb when considering this is that for wide releases, that the marketing budget is about the same as the production budget. Meaning that to even break even, this movie is going to need to earn about 300 million dollars. Which at this point, it hasn’t done yet.

    International sales generally give about 60% of its revenues back to the country of origin. Therefore 40% should be counted as actual take in money. For this movie to be considered a success, earning around 375 to 400 million is the actual numbers this movie needs to even begin to think about green lighting a sequel.

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