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Pokémon Detective Pikachu is Now the Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie of All Time - VGChartz
Pokémon Detective Pikachu is Now the Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie of All Time

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is Now the Highest-Grossing Video Game Movie of All Time - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 July 2019 / 1,466 Views

Pokémon Detective Pikachu released in theaters in May earning $161 million worldwide in its opening weekend.

It made an additional $7 million last weekend to bring its total earning to $436 million. That figure is enough to make it the highest-grossing movie of all time. Warcraft previously held the title with $433 million earned worldwide.

Here is an overview of the movie:

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.

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as a talking detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

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.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments

Bofferbrauer2 (on 17 July 2019)

The orcs got defeated by the Pikachu army


think-man (on 17 July 2019)

I honestly thought it would do alot more considering how hyped it was. Goes to show that Video game movies aren't as popular as I thought they were.


Keybladewielder (on 17 July 2019)

Honestly I enjoyed it


LivingMetal (on 17 July 2019)

Game for the masses. Expected.


KLAMarine (on 17 July 2019)

Enjoyed this movie! Hopefully Hollywood doesn't milk the hell out of it.


Signalstar (on 17 July 2019)

Also beat the original Tomb Raider movie's U.S. box office to be the top grossing videogame adaptation stateside as well. Of course none of these calculation take into account inflation so in terms of admissions is not number one. But hey all hail the king!


John2290 (on 17 July 2019)

I didn't even know it released. I knew more about a squashed plushie toy than I did the films availability.


Mordred11 (on 17 July 2019)

Even so, with a budget of $150 million, it barely squeezed out a good profit ( general rule is that a movie should do at least between 2.5x and 3x its budget to 100% be in the green ). This movie was definitely not a breakout in any form, some would say it even delivered a bit below expectations. Bottom line is, this won't generate more trust in videogame adaptations from investors and such.


DialgaMarine (on 17 July 2019)

Well deserved I think. It was a good movie, made by people who were clearly Pokémon fans in general. The Pokémon designs especially were awesome. Makes me very hopeful for a genuine Pokémon film series some day.


Azzanation (on 17 July 2019)

I still need to see it, i heard good things about it.


The Fury (on 17 July 2019)

I mean... it's not hard. :-P


hunter_alien (on 17 July 2019)

It was "meh" but way better than that abomination that was Warcraft. And it was also arguably one of the better video game adaptations, so good for it I guess.


Jaicee (on 17 July 2019)

PIKACHU: No. I am your father. ME: PikAAAAAAAAAAAAA!