Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Rules With $72 Million Debut

Warner Bros.

“Aquaman” made a huge splash in its debut, racking up $67. 4 million in its first weekend and $72 total when you add in previews.
It easily defeated all other newcomers, including “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee,” which are neck and neck for second place.
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa, has already amassed $410 million overseas for a global total of $482.8 million. IMAX screens accounted for $9.9 million of domestic ticket sales.
Fans are loving it more than recent DC titles like “Justice League,” giving it an A- CinemaScore. Its debut is impressive, but it still can’t match “Wonder Woman,” which opened in 2017 with a massive $103 million.

Walt Disney

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt as the magical nanny, rang up $22.2 million over the three-day frame and $31 million during its first five days of release.

Paramount Pictures

Just behind that is “Transformers” prequel “Bumblebee,” which landed in third place, with  $20.9 million. While that’s the lowest opening for a “Transformers” title, “Bumblebee” (directed by “Kubo and the Two Strings”‘Travis Knight) has earned the best reviews for the entire franchise. Who knew a “Transformers” movie would get the best reviews of all the films this weekend?
Even if it doesn’t score the big numbers of its predecessors, it also cost a mere $100 million to make, far less than the Michael Bay “Transformers” films.

STX Entertainment

In seventh place with $6.5 million was romantic comedy “Second Act,” starring Jennifer Lopez and “This is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia.

Universal

But it’s bad news for “Welcome to Marwen.” The critically savaged movie, which some have called “the worst movie of the year,” debuted to a mere $2.3 million. Steve Carell stars in the based-on-a-true story (previously told in the documentary “Marwencol”) of a man with severe brain damage who retreats into a fantasy world of military figures.
Director Robert Zemeckis’s focus on the imaginative world of those dolls had several critics recalling the creepy “uncanny valley” of previous digital characters in such Zemeckis films as “The Polar Express.”
It did earn enough to crack the Top 10, however.
Following the studio’s other expensive flop, “Mortal Engines,” Universal is grateful for the continued earning power of the holiday-appropriate and kid-friendly “The Grinch,” which is holding steady in sixth place in this weekend’s Top 10.Here are the top 10 estimates for December 21 – 23, 2018

1. “Aquaman,” $67,400,000
2. “Mary Poppins Returns,” $22,235,000
3. “Bumblebee,” $21,000,000
4. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” $16,700,000
5. “The Mule,” $9,950,000
6. “Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch” (2018), $8,180,000
7. “Second Act,” $6,501,000
8. “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” $4,599,000
9. “Welcome to Marwen,” $2,358,000
10. “Mary Queen of Scots,” $2,240,000

[Via Variety]
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