Get ready to relive some serious Pokemon memories, because Pokemon: The First Movie is returning to theaters later this month. Cinemark has partnered with The Pokemon Company to bring the first full-length animated Pokemon movie to theaters for two-days-only on October 29 and November 1. Luckily it won’t cost you much to catch em’ all on the big screen, because tickets for the event are only $5.
Pokemon.com broke the news that Pokemon: The First Movie will be making a limited, but likely welcomed return to theaters nationwide. The movie will be playing at more than 200 theaters with multiple showings each day to accommodate those who want to see the movie in theaters again, or maybe for the first time. Presale tickets for the movie are on sale now.
Pokemon has been around for twenty years, but the popularity of the brand has surged again in recent months, largely thanks to the new mobile game Pokemon GO. Even though the fever has died down for the game a bit, Pokemon is very much back in the public consciousness in a big way, so the timing is pretty perfect for fans and for Cinemark. Those who have been playing the game will likely want to take the opportunity to see Pokemon: The First Movie in theaters, either because they are feeling nostalgic or because many younger fans never got an opportunity to see the Pokemon movie in theaters initially, since it was released back in 1999.
Pokemon: The First Movie was a pretty reasonable success at the box office when it was first released. The movie grossed $163 million worldwide from a $30 million budget, which made it very profitable. The movie was significant because of the appearance of the Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo and Mew. The movie spawned several sequels, all of which did less business at the box office than the previous in the series. To date, the Pokemon movies have made a combined $414 million worldwide.
Legendary Pictures is currently working on a live-action Pokemon movie based on the Detective Pikachu game, but that is still likely a couple of years away. In the meantime, getting to see Pokemon: The First Movie should serve as a nice placeholder. Also, as an added bonus, the short “Pikachu’s Vacation” will be screened with the movie. If you want to grab tickets to see Pokemon: The First Movie, they are currently available on cinemark.com.