Thanos Holds Off Pikachu At the Box Office

It was close race for first place this weekend at the North America box office as Warner’s Pokemon: Detective Pikachu came close to dislodging Avengers: Endgame from the top spot. United Artists’ The Hustle provided some mild counterprogramming for the Mother’s Day holiday while Stx’s Poms and Disney/Fox’s Tolkien bombed right out of the gate.

Detective Pikachu’s arrival helped push the top ten films up 29% over last year at this time when Infinity War led the box office for a third straight week with $62 million.

In its third weekend, Avengers: Endgame eased 57% on 4,662 screens to earn an estimated $63 million. The new domestic total for the superhero smashup is $723.5 million. Internationally, Thanos added $102 million this weekend, pushing the film's foreign take up to $1.76 billion.

This weekend’s domestic numbers rank fourth among the all-time best third weekends. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($90.2 million), Avatar
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