BOX OFFICE: Will “Pikachu” poke “Avengers?” How will “Hustle,””Tolkien” and “Poms” fare?

pikachu.jpgNow that “Avengers: Endgame” is rolling into its third weekend, will its box office dominance begin to fade?

Hell, I’ve already forgotten much of its generally forgettable three hours. Repeat business has thinned out and most of those inclined to see it have gotten around to it already.

But it’s still another $73 million in it, says Box Office Mojo. That would be another 50-60% down from last weekend’s $147 million or so.

It’s not like it’s losing screens to new releases, yet, although four new films open this weekend, and one looks to be a big performer.

I dare say if “Detective Pikachu,” a Pokemon tale, was on as many screens as “Endgame,” it’d be a real horse race. It’s built for tiny tots, but a generation or two has grown up with the games and the cartoons, and they’re going to be curious.

And Ryan Reynolds is always a draw.

Reviews weren’t dazzling. It’s cluttered, inside-baseball and fan-pandering. Puerile, even. For small kids.

Mojo says it’ll clear $60 million or so. is saying $55 million or so, a “Spongebob” sized opening, with “Endgame” possibly doing over $80 million.

The only other wide opening for the weekend expected to make something like “bank” is “The Hustle,” a female buddy comedy in vein of “The Heat,” pairing Oscar winner Anne Hathaway with comic bull in a china shop Rebel Wilson. Everybody is parking that one in the range of a $12 million opening. Reviews won’t help it, as the hatred for Anne Hathaway knows no bounds (Rebel may be wearing out her welcome). I found it fun, and that it works about as well as the two movies it is remaking did.

The sober-minded biography of “Hobbit” author J.R.R. “Tokien” got middling to decent reviews and will be lucky to earn $8 million this weekend.

The AARP romp “Poms” will take a while to find its older-skewing audience, but could open in the $7-10 million range.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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