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It was a busy weekend in Ryme City, where people and Pokémon worked together to make something no one thought possible — a video game movie that critics could get behind. Rotten Tomatoes has the movie at a 63% critical rating, which marks it as ‘fresh’ by the site’s standards. Yes, there are some naysayers, but the majority are positive with sensible nitpicks.

Professional opinions aside, audience response has been much more positive, sitting at a solid 85%. Who knew it’d take Pokémon fans to love a Pokémon movie? All this translates to a $58 million opening weekend for the movie, which makes it the best unadjusted opening for a video game based film to date. It’s a respectable take for the little yellow gumshoe, and it’s sure to cover his coffee tab and then some.

Taking overseas sales into account, we’re looking at a $170.4 million opening for the movie, covering the film’s base budget. If word of mouth holds and more fans get into seats (even if all the promo film cards might be gone by now…), we could be looking at a new Champion.


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.