Aquaman won the weekend box office hitting the lower end of expectations and earning an estimated $67.4 million over the three-day weekend. When you add in the $4.7 million from the Amazon Prime showings from the previous weekend it stands at $72.1 million domestically. It’s expected to earned around $105 million over its five days which ends on Christmas.
The film received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to an audience that was 55% male and 58% aged 25 or older. It also has an 86% rating on RottenTomatoes from the audience as of this writing.
The film was #1 worldwide adding $91.3 million from overseas and 70 markets. Its international total now stands at $410.7 million bringing its worldwide total to $482.8 million. The film is tracking higher than previous DC Universe films driven by the foreign box office. It still has to open in Australia, Italy, and Japan which opens February 8.
In second place was Mary Poppins Returns which earned an estimated $22.2 million and is looking to bring in about $31 million over the five days. This is about expectations and the film received an “A-” CinemaScore and an audience that was 59% female with 61% of the opening crowd aged 25 years and older.
Internationally the film earned an estimated $20.3 million from 17 markets. The film expands further next weekend into Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Norway with more in early January, Australia and Russia, and February debuts in Japan and South Korea.
In third place was Bumblebee which brought in $21 million over the three days. That again is expectations and the film should do well due to strong reviews. It’s expected to bring in about $32 million over the five days. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore.
Internationally the film opened in 38 markets with an estimated $31.1 million. Next week the film expands into 17 more markets including France, UK, Brazil, Korea, and Spain. In January it opens in China. It then opens March 22 in Japan.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped to fourth with an estimated $16.7 million to bring its domestic total to $64.8 million. The second weekend dip was 53% which is a bit higher than expected but it also has a lot of competition. The film opened in China debuting at #1 with an estimated $26.1 million. Worldwide the film brought in $38 million internationally and its foreign earnings now stands at $64.8 million. The film opens in Mexico and Italy December 25, Brazil on January 10, and Japan on March 28.
Rounding out the top five was The Mule which added $9.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $35.6 million.
In other comic films…
Once Upon a Deadpool came in at #17 for the weekend dropping from the previous #11. It added $775,000 to its total which stands at $5.7 million. At the foreign box office the film has earned $993,967. Those totals are being added to the original film’s totals.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.