Pikachu Challenges Avengers

Superheroes top newcomers to win weekend box office again
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2019 11:18 AM CDT
Pikachu Can't Quite Dislodge Avengers
This image released by Disney shows Robert Downey Jr. in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame.”   (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)

Avengers: Endgame has topped the box office again in its third weekend in theaters. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the superhero pic earned an estimated $63.1 million from North American theaters, the AP reports, bringing its domestic total to $723.5 million.

It was a mixed bag for newcomers looking for a piece of the market. Pokémon Detective Pikachu opened in second place with a promising $58 million. It features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu. The Hustle, a female-fronted spin on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, landed in third with $13.6 million despite lackluster reviews. And the Diane Keaton cheerleading comedy Poms grossed only $5.1 million, placing sixth behind The Intruder and Long Shot, which are both in their second weekends.

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