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Avengers: Endgame remains on top in US for third week as Detective Pikachu second

Avengers: Endgame

Story by Jack Foley

AVENGERS: Endgame remained on top of the US box office for a third straight weekend, taking $65 million and beating Detective Pikachu in the process.

In retaining top spot, Endgame also officially passed fellow Marvel titles Avengers: Infinity War ($679 million) and Black Panther ($700 million) to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time at the US box office with $724 million in ticket sales.

It remains the second-biggest film ever globally with $2.48 billion, pacing behind just Avatar, which boasts $2.78 billion.

Endgame’s third straight box office success came in spite of some notable competition from Ryan Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu, the live-action Pokémon adaptation, which pulled in a solid $58 million.

The result was a big win for Warner Bros, whose head of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein commented: “I’m giddy… This is a big weekend for Detective Pikachu.”

Audiences also responded to Pikachu overseas, where it amassed a further $103 million from 62 international territories for a global start of $161 million. Its biggest debut came in China ($40 million) followed by the UK ($6.6 million).

Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu is based on the popular Pokémon series and the 2016 video game of the same name. Justice Smith stars alongside an animated Pikachu (voiced by Reynolds) as the two team up to find out why the boy’s dad went missing.

Also making its box office debut this weekend was Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson comedy The Hustle, which pulled in an impressive $13.6 million despite poor reviews. The film stands at No. 3 in the US.

A gender-bent remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the film finds Hathaway and Wilson starring as scam artists – one high-end and one low-rent – who team up to fleece unsuspecting victims.

Holdovers at the box office included thriller The Intruder, which took fourth spot in its second weekend, with $6.6 million. The film’s US haul now stands at $21 million.

Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy Long Shot came in fifth with a solid $6.125 million, to bring its US haul to $19.736 million. The film rounded out the top five.

Two other new releases didn’t fare quite so well. Diane Keaton-fronted comedy Poms mustered only $5.1 million in its opening weekend. The ensemble dramedy, also starring Rhea Perlman, Celia Weston and Pam Grier as a group of women who start a cheerleading team in a retirement community, under-performed despite being released on Mother’s Day weekend.

Fox Searchlight’s Tolkien, starring Nicholas Hoult as the Lord of the Rings author, also struggled, landing just inside the top 10, at ninth, with $2.15 million. The film also suffered from indifferent reviews and has been disowned by the Tolkien estate.