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Weekly Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Tops ‘Pokémon’, Neither Performs As Expected

Another week has come and gone and that can only mean one thing… It’s time to take a look at the box office receipts!

Avengers: Endgame saw a larger-than-expected drop during its third weekend, grossing an estimated $63 million (check out my review here). I’m North America, Endgame now stands at $723.5 million, making it just the third film in history to crack $700 million domestically. At the same time, Endgame topped Black Panther to become the third highest-grossing domestic release of all-time.

Internationally, Endgame added an additional $102.3 million for a global tally of $2.485 billion. Marvel’s 22nd film is still the second highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide, trailing James Cameron’s Avatar by $302 million. With Endgame beginning to slow quicker than expected and a slew of new highly-anticipated releases on the horizon, it’s going to be a close call.

Warner Bros’ Pokémon: Detective Pikachu snuffed out an estimated $58 million in its first three days (for my review of the film, click here). Though it didn’t quite hit expectations, the film still managed to pull out the largest opening for a video game adaptation ever, beating out 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47.4M). Fortunately, Pokémon is scored an “A-” CinemaScore, which indicates good things about its potential legs down the road. In doing so, the film became just the sixth video game adaptation to score above a “B.”

Worldwide, Detective Pikachu has caught an estimated $112.4 million and that includes Japan, where it opened last week.

United Artists’ Dirty Rotten Scoundrels remake The Hustle debuted in third place over the weekend, pocketing an estimated $13.5 million in addition to a mediocre “B” CinemaScore. Internationally, The Hustle grossed an additional $13.7 million, estimated of course.

Sony’s home invasion thriller The Intruder held stronger than expected in its second week, landing at number four with an estimated $6.6 million. That’s a dip of just -39% from its first weekend. After ten days of release in North America, The Intruder has gotten away with more than $21 million.

Lionsgate’s romantic comedy Long Shot hit the box office at number five this weekend (so far it’s one of the best films of the year and you can check out my full review here). The film also held stronger than expected, grossing an estimated $6.1 million for a merger drop of -37% in its sophomore frame.

It’s nice to hear that Long Shot has held on better than it was expected to; however, the film’s domestic cume is only shy of $20 million. Though it likely won’t, I would like to see it hold out in the coming weeks because it’s simply one of the best films of 2019 so far and you should definitely go see it.


There they are, the top five performers at the box office! What do you make of this weekend’s results? Do any of them surprise you? Is there a particular film you’re rooting for? Or are you just waiting for Endgame to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your box office-related thoughts!

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