'Pokémon Detective Pikachu' becomes highest-grossing video game movie

US actor Justice Smith at the 'Pokemon Detective Pikachu' premiere, Times Square, New York City, on May 2, 2019

Theaters in five remaining territories still showing "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" propelled the adventure movie past US$436m worldwide, a new record for films based on video games.

"Pokémon Detective Pikachu" is now the most commercially successful movie to be based on a video game, after weekend takings pushed it into top spot.

Cinemas in Norway, New Zealand, Slovenia, Portugal and Colombia generated US$6,994 over the weekend of July 12-14, per data published by Amazon's Box Office Mojo.

By adding that to tallies of US$143.3m (domestic, as of July 14) and US$286m (foreign, as of July 7), at US$436m "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" overtakes "Warcraft" in terms of both critical response and box office revenue.

"Pokémon Detective Pikachu" was already the best-received video game adaptation, usurping Dwayne Johnson monster movie "Rampage" and Alicia Vikander's "Tomb Raider," according to Rotten Tomatoes' aggregated review score ranking.

The live-action and CGI movie starred Justice Smith as a former Pokémon trainer and Ryan Reynolds as the gruff, smart-talking but otherwise cuddly-looking, mystery-solving rodent.

Rob Letterman of "Shark Tale," "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Goosebumps" directed from a script whose contributors had worked on "Guardians of the Galaxy," TV's "One Day at a Time" reboot, "Jurassic World" and "Kong: Skull Island."

Visual effects group Motion Picture Company was previously Oscar-nominated for its work on ten other movies, winning twice for "The Life of Pi" and "The Jungle Book."

"Warcraft," a June 2016 CGI spectacular from BAFTA Award-winning director Duncan Jones ("Moon," "Source Code"), hauled in nearly half of its own record revenue from China, whose theatrical showings generated US$213.5m.