Endgame Escapes Detective Pikachu

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Detective Pikachu came to catch ‘em all—all of us moviegoers, that is. But let’s face it: No matter how cute the little electric rascal might be, and no matter how many volts it packs in that strange little tail of his, Pikachu ultimately fainted before the might of Avengers: Endgame.

For the third-straight week, Endgame topped all challengers, reigning once again as the weekend’s Machamp. Sure, maybe it’s not raking in $300 million like it used to. But it sure isn’t Slaking, either. Its $63.1 million weekend (in North America, of course) was still more than enough to float, like a Drifloon, to No. 1.

Obviously, Endgame remains 2019’s biggest movie. And now, with its total stateside tally ringing up at $723.5 million, it’s the third highest-grossing movie ever, domestically speaking—trailing only Avatar ($760.5 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million.) Worldwide, the figures are even more impressive. With nearly $2.5 billion in its international coffers, it’s knocking on Avatar’s $2.8 billion record. Will it pass Avatar, internationally speaking? Well, earning another $300 million isn’t exactly inevitable. But it’s got more than a 14 million-to-one shot, that’s for sure.

Oh, and for those wondering if the age of the cinematic superhero is coming to close, try this on for size: We’ve seen 19 weekends come and go in 2019 thus far. Eleven of those weekends have been topped by superhero movies (Aquaman, Glass, Captain Marvel, Shazam! and, of course, Endgame). Moviegoers, assemble!

But weep not for the Mewest—er, newest contender to fall to Endgame. Detective Pikachu earned $58 million, the highest opening ever for a movie based on a video game. The Pokémon flick’s Metagross was enough to Cloyster it into second place—perhaps not quite in the Lapras of luxury, but still enough to give the box office a little Jolteon.

Another newcomer, The Hustle, grifted its way into third place with a $13.5-million take. That pushed The Intruder down to fourth ($6.6 million). The Seth Rogen comedy Long Shot closed out the top five with $6.1 million. It’ll be a long shot for it to stay there, too.

Geriatric cheerleader flick Poms finished just outside the top five, with $5.1 million. Gimme an “O”! Gimme a “U”! Gimme a “C”! Gimme an “H”! What’s that spell? Yep, you got it: ouch.

Still, Poms performed better than Tolkien, the quiet biopic about the Lord of the Rings author. It finished ninth, with less than $2.2 million. Perhaps people assumed the whole film would be in high elvish.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
Oh well, at least I'm off to see A Dog's Journey right now. The previews made it seem better than A Dog's Purpose was, so I'm really hoping it is. This will be only my fifth movie in the theaters this year but so far A Madea Family Funeral and Penguins have been the best two so far, though A Dog's Way Home was also quite nice as well. Only Dumbo so far wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.
Anonymous 10 months ago
By the way A Dog's Journey was absolutely fantastic. Much better than the overrated Dog's Purpose movie. Highly recommended for sure. In fact if it wasn't for Madea's latest it would be my number one for the year. That's how wonderful it is.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It's crazy that Endgame will be surpassing Avatar probably this weekend. Just completely bonkers. Goes to show you that the majority of Americans are nothing but a bunch of comic book nerds, lol, and this is coming from a huge Big Bang fan.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I'm all in for the death penalty, always have been, since I believe criminals should be killed as soon as possible instead of just rotting in jail soaking up taxpayer dollars, I've always been pro-life and believe all abortion clinics should be outlawed post haste, not to mention all alcohol, cigarettes, and guns should be banned as well too, since drunk and high people really need to go away, and nobody should ever use a gun period. I happily voted for Donald Trump and still believe in everything he does, and will happily vote for him again in 2020 as long as he decides to run again. For all my life I couldn't care less about voting or who are stupid president was, but that all changed when Donald Trump threw his hat in the ring, so for the first time ever I happily registered to vote and have been having a blast ever since. How's that for some controversy/debate? And I didn't even have to mention my general disdain for comic book films, my general love of faith based Christian films, and the fact that Indy 2 and 4 are the only Indy movies I find worth watching anymore, Episode 3 is my ultimate favorite Star Wars film, and The Hobbit films are way better overall than the great at first but then the more I watch them ultimately bland and boring LOTR films. How's that for a comment now?
Anonymous 11 months ago
First. How does this go with the article's topic?

Second. I agree, in some cases. I don't think a petty thief should get the death penalty, nor some other criminals, murderers yes. In most cases. If it was an unintentional murder no. But if they kill 2 or more people out of spite. Definately a suporter (as long as there is proof).

Third. I would agree with you. Abortian is bad. I was glad to see Alabama's steps yesterday. But I wish people would realize it's wrong instead of being forced not to do it.

Fourth. Can't vote yet. But I do like Donald Trump's policy's. He's done nothing but good thus far. I wish he wouldn't use Twitter so much and bad mouth and insult people so much, but it's better than our economy in shambels and us giving money to terrorists.

Fifth. Comic Book Films are good if you enjoy that genre of action adventure. (Unless you're watching DCEU films). But I'm pretty sure we've already had our debates.

Sixth. I know I'm a heathen. Never seen the Indy films.

Seventh. I can see why you might like Episode 3. It's not bad, but it's not the most enjoyable Star Wars film. (My personal favorite is Episode 1, 5, or 7).

Eighth. The Hobbit films are enjoyable. I just don't enjoy watching them anymore because I watched them a ton when they first came out, due to them being the only PG-13 films I was allowed to see except Star Wars. 

Ninth. The LOTR films are not boring. They are plot and character driven. There isn't as much action in them as the Hobbit films, but there are great heroics and themes running throughout the films.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
I was just trying to stir up some controversy since people were saying this blog was getting boring and didn't have enough debates in it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I mean, Man of Steel, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Shazam were all good/great films.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The Hobbit movies I have seen had good parts but some parts seemed to utterly pointless action. (I am looking at a certain barrel ride down the river that had a whole ton of orcs, elves and whatnot. It was funny. But not so much that I wanted it there. Legolas riding orcs like skateboards and every other thing he did in that scene and subsequent scenes...ah, no.)
 But Bilbo was good, Smaug was good, Thorin was bad, and then there was that elf lady who a dwarf fell in love with..again, ah, no. 
I get that the book had no female characters but still. The movies seemed grimmer overall than the book. Also they were so stretched. They did not need to be that long. 
-Emma Bibliophile

Anonymous 11 months ago
I just loved the almost constant non-stop frenetic action that the Hobbit movies had, and that barrel ride scene was simply hilarious. I loved everything about The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies, only An Unexpected Journey bores me to tears and seems to go nowhere fast. The other two are simply sublime and quite emotional too if you think about it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Not gonna lie. I miss the good ol' days where we had long debates, I even miss You-Know-Who. Now this comment section seems kinda bland. Even FCG has basically left.

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Karl The Klown 11 months ago
Agreed. I'm leaving after the next Culture Clips. Any type of debate of disagreement gets deleted. Makes for a very dry discussion board 
Anonymous 11 months ago
Sad! You'll be missed.

(I may do the same shortly.)

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charitysplace 11 months ago
I saw Tolkien on Mother's Day. I really loved it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Had to post again. I couldn't leave this post with a total of 13 posts. But I'm also deleting another one of my posts, sooooo. 

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Anonymous 11 months ago
Why delete your posts mouse
-Emma Bibliophile
Anonymous 11 months ago
Did you read my whole comment?

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Anonymous 11 months ago
Hey guys. I actually wrote a super long post and then it wouldn't let me post it!!!!!!! I was so mad. Anyway here is what I said (probably not exactly):

I'm glad Endgame beat Pokemon. Even though Ryan Reynalds was in it (he's one of the funniest actors ever) It just looked super underwhelming and for 3 year olds who like Pokemon. 

I contributed to the $69 million domestic gross this weeken, and boy am I glad! I enjoyed it even more the second time. There were many small things I didn't notice the first time that I noticed the second time around. 

Spoilers to follow. But if you haven't seen it yet, you probably are living in a cave and have no internet meaning you aren't on this site.

The time travel made a lot more sense the second time around. The first time I saw it I thought when past Nebula was shot that present Nebula should die too. But the time travel explained that that wasn't the case. They said changing the past doesn't change their present, but it can create alternate timelines where different things happened. So a lot more made sense the second time around. 

I know this will sound crazy, but it also felt shorter. 

I also love the score.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
I have heard spoilers even though I'm not even on the internet that much. Plus I'm not going to see it until I see Infinity war and everything before. I know, it's crazy, but I am only just starting to watch Marvel, as I have not been all that interested in it till now.
-Emma Bibliophile

Anonymous 11 months ago
Quite true, non-mouse. My parents have watched almost every one, and now they're beginning to share it with me and my sister. In a few years, my even younger siblings will get in on the action, and so on until we get to the youngest set.
(I have a lot of siblings, and my parents have this thing of making them wait until they are actually thirteen to watch pg-13 movies. So I will see the movies quite a bit.)
-Emma Bibliophile

Karl The Klown 11 months ago
Endgame beating Pokemon? "What a surprise!"....said no one ever 
Anonymous 11 months ago
Picachu is adorable looking.
 That said, the only thing I know about Pokemon is the time when people were stupidly walking around playing pokemon go. It made zero sense to me. Endgame is doubtless far superior. 
 Though superheroes are also unknown territory as I am only just dipping my toes in the mcu as of now...
 I feel so sheltered.
 Karl the Klown I am homeschooled too.
-Emma Bibliophile




Phoebe Chartowich 11 months ago
As am I (homeschooled, that is)!
My brothers love Pokemon and want to watch it in the theaters. I plan on going with them. So we'll see how that turns out.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I really shouldn't deride pokemon players for doing what they want, however, pokemon go seemed bizarre.
 @Phoebe Chartowich I have been homeschooled since I was in preschool. It's been great. 
Karl The Klown 11 months ago
@Emma 
Hahaha. Yeah, I remember that Pokemon Go phase a couple years ago. I Didn't get it myself. 

What grade are you in? I'm a junior myself 
Anonymous 11 months ago
@Karl the Klown I am a sophmore, which I cannot spell. Why do they have these strange names for high school grades? 
-Emma Bibliophile
Karl The Klown 11 months ago
Lol. I can't spell it either. I'd be dead without spellcheck....The result of homeschooling I guess....
But, then again, a friend of mine is public schooled, and neither of us can spell Wednesday....so I dunno
Anonymous 11 months ago
@some guy that is the next best thing. 
-Emma Bibiophile
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Not being able to spell is one of my pet peeves, and no I'm not talking about people like Spiderman, lol.