Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, the first live-action Pokemon movie, opened in U.S. theaters a year ago today on May 10, 2019. When ace detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son, former Pokemon trainer Tim Goodman (Justice Smith), investigates the mysterious disappearance with Harry's former Pokemon partner, the wise-cracking and electrically charged Poke-sleuth Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds). After learning Harry's son is the only human capable of hearing him speak, Pikachu and Tim choose to work together to unravel a conspiracy with junior reporter Lucy (Kathryn Newton) and her ticking time bomb Pokemon partner Psyduck, whose case culminates with the discovery of genetically-engineered Pokemon Mewtwo.
Detective Pikachu captured the biggest opening weekend for a video game movie with a $54.3 million domestic opening before its high score was taken over by this year's live-action Sonic the Hedgehog. Pikachu went on to gross $433 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing video game adaptation behind only the Duncan Jones-directed Warcraft ($439 million).
In May 2019, ComicBook.com reported a sequel is in development at Legendary.
"I was excited to do a film that my kids would love," Reynolds, who is most famous for playing R-rated Marvel anti-hero Deadpool, said about choosing to make Detective Pikachu on the film's commentary track. "I don't do a lot of films that are not rated-R. For me, that's a big one."
Also happy 1st year anniversary to one of my favorite movies: Detective Pikachu! The film has brought me so wonderful memories and becoming one of my favorites along with how much it gave love to Pokemon. Also will never get over Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu. 💛💛💛⚡️ pic.twitter.com/gLgA0eKZvC— Anni 🌸 (@ignitethereason) May 10, 2020
Wow!! Has it been a year already!!?? Loved taking my son to see that at cinema. Was one of the best daddy, son days out I had. He loved all the Pokemon and has since amassed a nice collection of Pokemon plushies.— MarvelNut (@michaelkeith16) May 10, 2020
Loved this movie! Happy 1-Year! pic.twitter.com/qv7vBMZOBS— Oaka_Mann (@oakamann) May 10, 2020
The last time I felt pure joy by a movie, start to finish, was Detective Pikachu— Megan (@megansuet) May 10, 2020
There'll never be another #Pokemon film like this for a while.May 10, 2020
I can’t get over how much I want more movies like Detective Pikachu pic.twitter.com/zk7WWatI8p— Nicholas Moore is Cuckoo for Coco Puffs (@NicholasMoore16) May 10, 2020
1 year since Detective Pikachu 🥰 pic.twitter.com/5XUuF5dMHG— 𝕸𝖞𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖆💞 (@DPxMarvel) May 10, 2020
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