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Detective Pikachu becomes the highest-grossing video game film

Published: 11:27, 17 July 2019
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Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu is officially the highest-grossing video game film ever made. Last weekend, the film reached $436 million at the box office thanks to its remaining showings. Detective Pikachu dethroned Warcraft film from the top spot.

Two months after hitting the cinemas, the family-friendly film Detective Pikachu has reached a huge achievement. Last weekend, the film grossed $436 million at the box office which is enough to become the highest-grossing video game film of all time.

Thanks to some remaining showings in Slovenia, Colombia, Norway, Portugal, and New Zeland, Detective Pikachu managed to leap over 2016's Warcraft film, which held the crown until now with $433 million, despite receiving mostly negative reviews. The remaining showings in already mentioned counties brought in nearly $7 million.

Detective Pikachu was already praised as one of the best video game films ever made, earning more than $161 million worldwide in its debut week. In the United States, it had the best opening weekend for a video game film ever.

With this success, it's not surprising to see rumours and reports about Detective Pikachu sequel. Apparently, 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel has been tapped for the script of Detective Pikachu sequel. However, Legendary are yet to officially confirm the development of the film. 

Some other video game films that seen success at the box office include 2018’s Rampage with The Rock at $428 million and 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie which reached $352 million.

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There are a couple of video game adaptations coming in the near future and it will be interesting to see if they can dethrone Detective Pikachu. Sonic the Hedgehog already failed at its first hurdle, resulting in a delay as the studio want to rework the look of the popular character.

On the other hand, it's been nothing but good news for  that has been R-rated and will include fatalities. Also, The Raid: Redemption’s Joe Taslim has been chosen to play Scorpion. 

If you're yet to see Detective Pikachu, the film will officially become available to view digitally on 23 July 2019 and on Blu-Ray on 06 August 2019.

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