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Top 10 Video Game Movie Opening Weekends of All Time

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu earned an estimated $58 million in its first weekend, earning it the #1 spot on the top 10 video game movie opening weekend of all time list, beating out 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Via BoxOfficeMojo, Detective Pikachu’s $58 million is over $10 million higher than Tomb Raider’s $47 million, and about $20 million higher than the third place holder, The Angry Birds Movie with $38 million.

The full list of best opening weekends for video game adaptations is below, courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo;

  1. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu ($58 million)
  2. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider ($47 million)
  3. The Angry Birds Movie ($38 million)
  4. Rampage ($35 million)
  5. Pokemon: The First Movie ($31 million)
  6. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ($30 million)
  7. Resident Evil: Afterlife ($26 million)
  8. Warcraft ($24 million)
  9. Resident Evil: Extinction ($23 million)
  10. Tomb Raider ($23 million)

Not only did Detective Pikachu simply preform well, but we called the film great and said that “Detective Pikachu mixes humor, heart, and gloriously-rendered Pokémon to deliver a simple yet entertaining time.”

While Detective Pikachu earned the top spot for video game opening weekends of all time, it still couldn’t beat out the worldwide phenomenon known as Avengers: Endgame. In its third weekend, it still managed to earn $63 million and hold on to first place.

If Detective Pikachu wishes to also become the top earning video game film of all time, it will need to beat out Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’s $131 million that it reached over its entire domestic run.

For more on Detective Pikachu, be sure to check out our look at how the film compares to the video game of the same name, our explainer of the ending, and the biggest WTF questions we had after seeing this newest adaptation.


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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who can’t wait to see this movie and live in a Pokemon world for a couple hours. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.

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