– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a long time coming, but Nintendo is finally returning to the world of filmmaking after over 25 years. After the disastrous Super Mario Bros. Movie and pretty much swearing off Hollywood, they are returning in style with Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. It’s a beloved property being utilized in an unexpected an accessible way, and from what many critics are saying, it’s a pretty fun time at the movies, even if it’s not perfect.

The film is sitting at around 63% on Rotten Tomatoes at this time, and according to THR, it’s off to a solid start in terms of the box office. The outlet states the film took in $5.7 million at the North American box office in Thursday previews. For comparison, Shazam! took in $5.9 million in previews and ended the weekend at around $53.5 million.

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This pretty much falls in line with the $50 million to $55 million in projections the movie is supposedly supposed to be making this coming weekend. Admittedly, this is surprising. I know when I saw both trailers and heard all the positive reception surrounding it, that I thought it would clean up at the box office. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the worst performance, but I was still expecting something just a little bit higher.

What do you think of this opening? With its reported $150 million budget, do you think this one will be a huge hit for the studio? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.