Has ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ Captured Enough Box Office to Spark a New Movie Franchise?

“Detective Pikachu” has grossed $287.4 million worldwide on a production budget of $150 million

Despite the conductivity of iron — and vibranium, probably — “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” didn’t quite have the juice to topple “Avengers: Endgame” from its box office perch in the Marvel blockbuster’s third weekend.

But the Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. release, which stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the yellow pocket monster Pikachu, has performed strongly enough to suggest the studio may have a new franchise on its hands — a sequel is already in development.

The film has grossed $94 million domestically through two weekends, with a slightly steeper than usual 54% week-to-week drop off from its $58.0 million debut weekend. But despite opening in the shadow of “Avengers,” that first-weekend gross earned still marks the biggest opening ever for a big screen adaptation of a video game.

And perhaps more importantly, “Detective Pickachu” has reigned No. 1 at the international box office for two straight weeks. The majority of the film’s $287.4 million worldwide box office gross has come from foreign markets, and for a Pokémon brand with such a global foothold, the international appeal of the film will likely be a major factor in the future of the franchise.

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Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams