With a $150 million-budget, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, topped the Friday box office, earning $20.7 million, that includes $5.7 million in Thursday previews. Having the best Thursday preview gross and the best Friday/opening day gross for any video game flick ever.
Numbers for the whole weekend are still undetermined. While the reviews were generally positive (it’s the first video game movie to score a “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes), it still garnered some negative ones, possibly due to older moviegoers not convinced to indulge in a Pokémon movie.
This is still a strong result for a film that may become the biggest video game flick ever. It’s on par (relatively speaking) with the $50 million debut of The Great Gatsby in 2013 and the $48 million launch of Troy on this same weekend in 2004.