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Box Office: 'Detective Pikachu' Catches $5.7M in Thursday Previews

Aside from the Ryan Reynolds-starrer, MGM comedy 'The Hustle' picked up $774,000 and STX ensemble 'Poms' earned $225,000.

Legendary and Warner Bros.' Detective Pikachu has earned an impressive $5.7 million in Thursday night previews at the North American box office.

Ryan Reynolds voice stars as the titular Pikachu in the movie that sees the popular Pokemon team up with a human counterpart, Tim (Justice Smith), who has the ability to understand what Pikachu is saying. Together, they set off to solve the mystery of Tim's missing father.

Goosebumps director Rob Letterman is behind the first live-action Pokemon movie that also stars Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy and Chris Geere.

Detective Pikachu's Thursday night earnings are on par with Warner Bros.' DC offering Shazam!, which pulled in $5.9 million in previews. The Zachary Levi-starrer went on to earn $53.5 million over its opening weekend early last month.

The strong showing on Thursday night could indicate a larger weekend for Pikachu, which is up against Avengers: Endgame, now in its third weekend. The Marvel title currently sits as the second-highest grossing film of all time, second only to James Cameron's Avatar.

MGM's The Hustle and STX and eOne's Poms also opened in theaters for Thursday previews, earning $774,000 and $225,000, respectively.

A gender-bent remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Hustle stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as scam artists — one high-end and one low-rent — that team up to fleece unsuspecting victims. The Hustle, which had a solid Thursday night showing despite poor reviews, is opening wide on 3,007 screens in North America. 

Diane Keaton and Jacki Weaver lead Poms, an ensemble dramedy that also stars Rhea Perlman, Celia Weston and Pam Grier as a group of women who start a cheerleading team in a retirement community. The feature, directed by Zara Hayes, is set to launch in 2,750 theaters, and currently sits at a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Also opening this weekend in 1,495 theaters is Fox Searchlight's J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, Tolkien, starring Nicholas Hoult as the Lord of the Rings author.

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