Box Office: ‘Detective Pikachu’ Catches $5.7 Million on Thursday Night

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu” caught $5.7 million during Thursday night preview screenings in North America.That figure nearly matched the $5.9 million in Thursday previews for “Shazam!,” which went on to earn $53.5 million in its domestic debut weekend on April 5-7.

Cheerleading comedy “Poms” scored $225,000 at 2,000 sites on Thursday night.Warner Bros.-Legendary’s “Detective Pikachu” is expanding to 4,202 sites Friday as the live-action Pokemon adaptation takes on the third weekend of Disney-Marvel’s record-setting blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.” Forecasts have ranged as high as $80 million for “Detective Pikachu,” while Warner Bros.

is predicting a three-day haul closer to $50 million.“Avengers: Endgame” has generated a massive $652.9 million in North America in its first 13 days, making it the sixth-biggest domestic release ever.

The superhero saga, which took in $147 million domestically in its sophomore frame, could generate another $60 million to $80 million this weekend.

“Avengers: Endgame” is already the second-biggest worldwide movie of all time

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