This summer, it looks like Ryan Reynolds and Detective Pikachu are going to fall just short of taking down Endgame in its third weekend, as it puts up another impressive $63.1 million, or about what Infinity War earned in its third weekend. Outside of the States, it had the best showing in China, grossing $40.8 million, followed by the United Kingdom ($6.6 million), Germany ($5 million), and Mexico ($4.97 million). It's also the second-biggest movie globally of all time with $2.48 billion, again trailing behind only "Avatar" with $2.78 billion.
Walt Disney Co.'s "Avengers: Endgame" held on to the top spot in North American theaters for a third-straight weekend, another milestone in its march to surpass 2009's "Avatar" as the highest-grossing movie in history. The Rob Letterman-directed film is expected to resonate overseas, where Pokemon has a huge following.More news: Can Liverpool hope for a Premier League miracle?
Not all new releases were as fortunate. Diane Keaton stars in the film about a group of seniors who form a cheerleading squad. This is the sixth highest opening ever for a movie that didn't open #1. It carries a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a B+ CinemaScore.
That brought its domestic total to a whopping $723.5 million. Females accounted for 70 per cent of moviegoers, with 69 per cent under 35. Between both the domestic and foreign box offices, Detective Pikachu has earned a combined total of US$170.4 million. It debuted in North America with $13.5 million for a worldwide start of $27.2 million.More news: MP Camera in Galaxy Note 10 Will Blow your Mind
The new movie about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien also opened this weekend, and it landed at No. 9 with $2.2 million.
Genre holdovers include: Ugly Dolls, dropping 57% in its second weekend with a meager $4 million-its domestic total is just over $14 million; Captain Marvel with $1.813 million; The Curse of La Llorona with $1.686 million; Shazam! with $1.1 million; and Dumbo with $568,000. The film, starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, marks the first Fox Searchlight title to be distributed by Disney since the studio purchased Fox's film assets for $71.3 billion. The documentary follows a couple working to develop a sustainable farm near Los Angeles.More news: 'Game of Thrones' Has Shaped Taylor Swift's 'Entire Outlook on Storytelling'
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Popcorn season, which sees the release of a number of blockbuster-hopefuls including "Godzilla: King of the Monsters", "Aladdin", and "The Secret Life of Pets 2", should continue to close that gap.