There’s a bit of competition for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes this weekend at the box office. It comes in the form of Ryan Reynolds. Make that, the voice of Ryan Reynolds.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is a new live-action movie based on the incredibly popular world of Pokemon. BBP’s Princess knows the card game and video games, but I can’t make heads or tails out of any of it. What I do know is that there’s a lot of hype behind the new film, and reviews have been decent so far. While it’s doubtful the film will top the box office, with Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the title character and the built-in audience it brings with it, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu should still have a strong showing. Look for a second place debut with $50 million.
Also out this weekend is The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in a female take on the classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Reviews for this one are in the toilet, so the film is going to have to rely on the star power of its leads to generate any goodwill. Look for The Hustle to debut in third place with $14 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Avengers: Endgame will remain on top of the box office with $75 million. The poorly-reviewed older women cheerleading film Poms will be in fourth place with $7 million, while Long Shot will close things out in fifth place with $6.5 million.
One film you won’t see in the top five is Tolkien, the biopic of legendary Lord of the Rings scribe J.R.R. Tolkien. I had a chance to see it earlier this week at a preview and was, simply put, super bored. Nicholas Hoult does great work as Tolkien, but the film surrounding him was so slow and, for this non-LOTR acolyte, thoroughly unremarkable. Fans of his books may find something to love in Tolkien, but for non-believers, it’s best to stay away.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Avengers: Endgame – $75 million
2) Pokemon: Detective Pikachu – $50 million
3) The Hustle – $14 million
4) Poms – $7 million
5) Long Shot – $6.5 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!