Despite reports this week that Legendary Pictures’ Pokemon: Detective Pikachu has pushed its worldwide gross to $436 million to become the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time, it seems there’s been some miscalculations on Yahoo! Movies‘ part and the first ever live-action Pokemon movie will instead have to settle for second place.
As reported by Box Office Mojo, Detective Pikachu currently sits on $429.5 million. That leaves it some $4.2 million shy of 2016’s Warcraft, a figure that it has absolutely no chance of accruing given that it made just under $24,000 this past weekend from its six remaining international markets.
Although Warcraft tanked in North America with just $47.4 million, the Duncan Jones-directed fantasy performed well internationally, particularly in China. Detective Pikachu does hold the crown domestically though with its $143.5 million total putting it above 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($131.2 million).
“The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.”
The first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic face of the global Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time. “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird,” TV’s “Big Little Lies”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“Godzilla,” “The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu sees Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool 2) starring in the title role alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Suki Waterhouse (The Bad Batch), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), Bill Nighy (The Limehouse Golem), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed) and Chris Geere (Modern Family).
via Flickering Myth