Detective Pikachu is now the 2nd highest-grossing video game film

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It’s no surprise that Detective Pikachu has been a smash hit since it released in theaters. That said, I don’t think anybody expected it to perform this well. The very first live-action Pokémon movie has been raking in the cash, and it’s now surpassed Rampage to become the 2nd highest-grossing video game-inspired film.

Never in a million years did I think the popularity of Pokémon could outsell the star power of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But Legendary Pictures pulled it off and made a movie that is appealing to fans and outsiders alike. Rampage made $428,028,233 worldwide, and right now Detective Pikachu is sitting at $429,102,251.


It wants to be the very best

Now, only one big question remains: will Detective Pikachu reach the number one spot? Well, it’s looking unlikely as of now. Detective Pikachu will be available digitally in just a couple of weeks, so its run at the box office is almost over. On top of that, Warcraft is currently sitting at number one with $433,677,183 worldwide. That’s a $4.5 million gap for Detective Pikachu to make up.

Whether the film tops Warcraft or not, Detective Pikachu has been doing incredibly well from the beginning. It even topped the likes of Avengers: Endgame on some weekends. This all just goes to show that people only need two things in their lives: Ryan Renolds and Pokémon.

Hopefully, this will be the beginning of better video game movies to come. If film studios see that critically-acclaimed video game movies can make more money than the rest, maybe they’ll be more inclined to hire a quality crew to create them. But of course, that’s just a daydream from a crazy Nintendo fan.

What do you guys think about these new numbers? Can Detective Pikachu overthrow Warcraft in time for that number one spot? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Adam Sherrill
I love all kinds of video games. I personally find the most enjoyment in JRPGs, Visual Novels, and pretty much anything Nintendo makes. I'm always open to discovering new types of games, so I'll be happy to check out anything someone suggests.