‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ becomes highest-grossing video game movie
Theaters in five remaining territories still showing “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” propelled the adventure movie past $436 million worldwide, a new record for films based on video games.
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is now the most commercially successful movie to be based on a video game, after weekend takings pushed it into top spot.
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” was already the best-received video game adaptation, usurping Dwayne Johnson monster movie “Rampage” and Alicia Vikander’s “Tomb Raider”, according to Rotten Tomatoes’ aggregated review score ranking.
The live-action and CGI movie starred Justice Smith as a former Pokémon trainer and Ryan Reynolds as the gruff, smart-talking but otherwise cuddly-looking, mystery-solving rodent.
Rob Letterman of “Shark Tale”, “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Goosebumps” directed from a script whose contributors had worked on “Guardians of the Galaxy”, TV’s “One Day at a Time” reboot, “Jurassic World” and “Kong: Skull Island”.
Visual effects group Motion Picture Company was previously Oscar-nominated for its work on ten other movies, winning twice for “The Life of Pi” and “The Jungle Book”.
“Warcraft”, a June 2016 CGI spectacular from BAFTA Award-winning director Duncan Jones (“Moon”, “Source Code”), hauled in nearly half of its own record revenue from China, whose theatrical showings generated $213.5 million. JB
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