“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” becomes biggest-ever video game-turned-movie
The movie was the highest-grossing video game movie on record its first weekend
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Ever since being introduced in Pokémon, Pikachu had been seen as one of the video game’s favorite characters. Someone, somewhere, someone was going to turn him (it?) into a mainstream movie and that has finally happened. Pokémon Detective Pikachu was released this weekend and, while it received mixed reviews from Pokémon fans, smashed box office records for any video game-turned-movie in history.
Since first making its way to the big screen last Wednesday, Pikachu has recorded gross sales of approximately $170.4 million. The revenue comes from a number of countries – China – $40.8 million, Japan – $12.9M, U.K. – $6.6M, Germany – $5.0M, Mexico – $5.0M, France – $4.8M, Australia – $3.5M, S. Korea – $3.2M, Italy – $2.8M and Spain – $2.2M. In the US, ticket sales reached $58 million.
Pikachu has proven to be more popular than Laura Croft. Tomb Raider was previously the top grossing video game-to-movie franchise. However, the first installment only took in $47 million its first weekend.
Pikachu actually did slightly better than Avengers: Endgame when it was first released, depending on how you weigh the scores. Endgame opened in 4,662 theaters in the US and averaged $13,525 in ticket sales across the locations. Pikachu, on the other hand, opened in only 4,202 locations and earned $13,803 on average. Among plenty of others, Forbes liked the flick, saying that it “might be the weirdest, best video game movie ever made.”