'Detective Pikachu' Looks for Strong Opening While 'Avengers: Endgame' Set to Top $700M

www.boxofficemojo.com | 5/9/2019 | Staff
Mother's Day weekend is looking as if it will be yet another Avengers-led weekend at the box office as Avengers: Endgame will become only the fourth film ever to top $700 million at the domestic box office this weekend, but this holiday weekend won't only be about Avengers. Warner Bros. is releasing the highly anticipated video game adaptation Pokemon: Detective Pikachu in just over 4,200 locations while STX and UAR will be vying for Mother's Day audiences with Poms and The Hustle respectively. Additionally, Disney has changed things up with Fox Searchlight's Tolkien, which was originally scheduled to begin its limited run this weekend, but instead the Mouse House will give the film a wide berth in nearly 1,500 locations.

Entering its third weekend in domestic release, Disney's Avengers: Endgame is looking to top $700 million this weekend and, in fact, should push over $730 million which will make it the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.6m) and Avatar ($760.5m). As for this weekend's performance, we're anticipating a dip around 51% or so and a $73 million three-day. This is a bit larger than the -46% drop Avengers: Infinity War experienced in its second weekend, but it also didn't face the kind of competition WB's Pokemon: Detective Pikachu will add to the marketplace.

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All eyes will also be on Endgame's international performance this weekend as it currently ranks as the second largest international release of all-time as well as the second largest global release behind Avatar in both respects, but the gap between the two continues to narrow.

The first of the weekend's new wide releases to discuss is the Warner Bros. release Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, a feature film adaptation of the 2016 video game of the same name, which itself was based on the...
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