Avengers: Endgame, which is already the second highest-grossing film of all time as well as the fastest film to cross the $2 billion milestone in history, managed a total of $63.1 million in its third weekend at the domestic box office, bringing its domestic total to $723.5 million.
With a global tally now nearing $2.5 billion, Avengers appears to be on track to pass Avatar ($2.79 billion) as the all-time top grossing film.
Detective Pikachu would be the top film at the worldwide weekend box office, if the actual totals reported on Monday match these estimates.
Having broken $2.2 billion globally last weekend, Endgame overtook Titanic as the second-highest grossing movie of all time. However, Force Awakens mustered $90 million in its third weekend and was at $742 million at this point in its run, on its way to $936 million, a number that is likely out of reach in the North America for Endgame given the heavy summer competition (The Force Awakens took advantage of relatively weaker January competition).
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"What a terrific result", said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. head of domestic distribution. The previous record-holder was the Angelina Jolie "Tomb Raider" from 2001, which opened with $47 million, not adjusted for inflation.
"This is a big weekend for Detective Pikachu".
"It was fun to win Friday night, but as they say in golf, you play your own game and I'm thrilled with our result", Goldstein added.
The Variety entertainment news source also reported that Detective Pikachu earned an estimated US$103 million outside the United States this weekend.
Based on the hit video games and television shows, Detective Pikachu is a fantasy/science fiction neo-noir directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) that finds a once-hopeful Pokémon Trainer (Justice Smith) teaming up with a talking Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) to solve a murder mystery. It had the biggest bow in China (US$40 million), followed by the UK (US$6.6 million). Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway's "The Hustle" launched on the higher end of expectations with $13.5 million from 3,007 screens. Poms, an uplifting comedy from STX and eOne, debuted with a paltry US$5.1 million from 2,750 theaters. However, the opening for the Diane Keaton film about senior citizens starting a cheerleading squad is a big disappointment for the studios which had expected the film to bring in at least $8.5 million. R. R. Tolkien, debuted in ninth place with $2 million from 1,495 locations.