MANILA, May 14, 2019 – The first-ever, live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, scored big at the box office this weekend, leading the pack of new movies and entertaining audiences of all ages to earn an impressive P56.7-million across the Philippines.
The crowd-pleasing comedy adventure, with an all-star cast led by Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, marked its opening weekend with the second-biggest bow of the year for Warner Bros. Philippines, following last April’s “Shazam!”
“Anticipation was running high for ‘POKÉMON Detective Pikachu’ and its opening delivered on all fronts—for fans, families and moviegoers of all ages,” said Francis Soliven, General Manager of Warner Bros. Philippines. “ We could not be happier to offer such a beloved property in an exciting new way for everyone to enjoy, and we expect that the film will continue to remain strong in the weeks ahead.”
About the Movie
“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience the iconic Pokémon Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique powers and personality.
The story begins when ace detective 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 work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Pikachu, they 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 and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Rita Ora, with Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy. The film is directed by Rob Letterman, from a screenplay by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly, story by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Nicole Perlman, based on the “Detective Pikachu” video game developed by Creatures Inc. It is produced by Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Hidenaga Katakami and Don McGowan; with executive producers Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Ali Mendes, Tsunekazu Ishihara, Kenji Okubo, Toshio Miyahara, Hiro Matsuoka, Koji Ueda. Music is by Henry Jackman.
Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 324 million units sold worldwide; a trading card game available in 11 languages with more than 25.7 billion cards purchased; an animated television series in its 22nd season that is available in more than 160 countries; and over 20 animated films; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, which has been downloaded over 850 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures Production in association with Toho Co., Ltd, a Rob Letterman Film. It will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Co., Ltd. and by Legendary East in China.