There have been some expectations that Legendary’s live-action Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of the iconic Pikachu is going to dominate at the box office and early projections are supporting this theory. In new tracking via BoxOfficePro, it looks like they’re projecting a $75 million domestic opening for Detective Pikachu, but on the high-end, it could be in the $90 million range.
Legendary seems confident about the movie (this early tracking suggests they’ll have a big hit on their hands) and there is some early/test screening surrounding the film, along with previous announcements they’ve hired Wonder Woman 1984 screenwriter Dave Callaham to pen Detective Pikachu 2.
The studio aims to push for more audience-pleasing genre blockbusters with projects such as Michael Doughtery’s Godzilla: King of The Monsters, Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs Kong, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune reboot, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World 3, and their recently announced Gundam movie.
Warner Bros. has set the release date for Detective Pikachu for May 10th.
The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
SOURCE: BOX OFFICE PRO