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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is box office dominant, but ‘Detective Pikachu’ opens strong

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Chris Evans as Captain America, Steve Rogers, in the Disney film “Avengers: Endgame.”
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Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” continued its box office dominance for a third weekend in a row, adding $63 million (a 57% drop) for a cumulative $723.5 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Internationally, the film earned $102.3 million this weekend for a global cumulative total of $2.5 billion. It currently stands as the No. 2 movie of all time behind only “Avatar” ($2.7 billion).

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” premiered in second place with $58 million, above analysts’ predictions of $55 million.

Internationally, it earned $103 million for a global cumulative of $170.4 million.

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The film, which combines live-action and computer animation, cost an estimated $150 million to make. It earned an A-minus CinemaScore and a 63% “fresh” rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Ryan Reynolds voices the titular character.

In third place, MGM’s comedy “The Hustle,” from United Artists Releasing, opened with $13.5 million.

Starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as a pair of scammers, the picture earned poor reviews, with a B-minus CinemaScore and a dismal 16% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

At No. 4, Sony’s “The Intruder” added $6.6 million in its second weekend for a cumulative $20.9 million.

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Rounding out the top five, Lionsgate’s “The Long Shot” added $6.1 million in its second weekend for a cumulative $19.7 million.

Also new this week, STX Entertainment’s comedy “Poms” opened at No. 6 with $5.1 million.

The film stars Diane Keaton as a recent addition to a retirement community who starts a cheerleading squad with her fellow residents. Directed by Zara Hayes and costarring Pam Grier and Jacki Weaver, it earned a B-plus CinemaScore and a 29% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

At No. 7, the studio’s “Uglydolls” added $3.9 million in its second weekend for a cumulative $14.3 million.

In eighth place, Fox’s faith-based film “Breakthrough” added $2.5 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $37.1 million.

Fox Searchlight’s “Tolkien” debuted at No. 9 with $2.1 million. It earned a 49% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the top 10, Disney’s “Captain Marvel” added $1.8 million in its 10th weekend for a cumulative $423.7 million.

In limited release, Neon opened the documentary “The Biggest Little Farm” in five locations for $101,012 and a strong per-screen average of $20,202. It earned a 94% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Sony Pictures Classics released the Kenneth Branagh drama “All Is True” on four screens for $46,809 and a per-screen average of $11,702. The movie, which Branagh directed and stars as William Shakespeare, marks the filmmaker’s return to the art house after four big budget releases and earned a 73% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

IFC Film’s “Charlie Says” opened in 39 locations with $39,114, a disappointing per-screen average of $1,003. It earned a 47% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

This week, Universal releases the drama “A Dog’s Journey,” Lionsgate and Summit open the action film “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” and Warner Bros. premieres the YA drama “The Sun Is Also a Star.”


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