Detective Pikachu, the live action mystery film by director Rob Letterman and Warner Bros. Pictures, Duncan Jones has surpassed Warcraft as the most successful video game film of all time with $ 436 million in worldwide ticket sales.
Warcraftproduced by Legendary Pictures (the same company that made it Detective Pikachu) and based on the Blizzard Entertainment fantasy franchise, the previous record holder was since 2016, when it was expelled Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time with its $ 433 million gross worldwide. WarcraftThe success of that time was largely due to a huge marketing campaign in China that translated to subsequently register overseas ticket sales.
Neither of the films came close Detective PikachuReceive critically. Not only is the film – with Justice Smith as a rundown Pokémon trainer along with a talking pikachu partner voiced by Ryan Reynolds – the best-earning video game film ever, it is also the best-received film.
Detective Pikachu currently has a 67 percent new rating on RottenTomatoes.com, beating 2018 & # 39; s Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson, who in addition to a 52 percent rating Alicia Vikander & # 39; s Tomb Raider reboot. (Warcraft has a bottomless 26 percent while prince of persia has a score of 37 percent.)
That's good news for Nintendo, game studio Game Freak, and merchandising and licensing company Creatures, all of which have the same interests in the Pokémon franchise. The film itself was based on a 2016 Nintendo 3DS game of the same name, developed by Creatures, which occasionally develops video games in addition to monitoring the Pokémon card game, toy lines and various other media features. It was issued by the joint venture of the three companies, The Pokémon Company, with the distribution of Nintendo acts.
The end result of that complex corporate structure is that everyone won when both the game and the film achieved commercial success. So it makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. and Legendary are now looking for a sequel.