It’s not surprising, but Aquaman won the weekend for the second in a row with an estimated $51.6 million and a drop of just 23.5%, the smallest of the DC Cinematic Universe as well as any Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Most DC films drop in the high 60% range in the second week, with Wonder Woman being the exception with the low 40s. Marvel films tend to drop in the mid-50% range in the second weekend. This would indicate that little competition and positive word of mouth are driving the film and DC’s late year gamble is paying off. While the film would fit right in during the summer popcorn film season, this time of year it’s counter-programming to the usual Oscar/adult focused films.
The film has now earned $188.8 million domestically. International earnings is the real story of the film. This past weekend the film earned an estimated $85.4 million from 78 markets to bring its international total to $560 million and a worldwide total of $748.8 million.
The movie is currently third when it comes to worldwide earnings for the DC Cinematic Universe with about $73 million between it and second place Wonder Woman and $125 million between it and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It will likely pass both by the time its run is over. It still has to open in Italy on January 1 and Japan on February 8.
Mary Poppins Returns delivered an estimated $28 million in its second weekend, a 19% improvement from the previous weekend. It has earned $98.9 million so far domestically. Internationally the film added an estimated $28.9 million from 37 markets for an international total just shy of $75 million. It opens in Australia and Russia next weekend.
In third was Bumblebee which dropped just 5% in its second weekend. It earned an estimated $20.5 million to bring its domestic total to $66.7 million. The film has a very positive word of mouth so its struggles are likely due to the competition of Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Internationally, the film is playing in 55 markets and earned an estimated $45.7 million for an international total of $90 million. It opens in China on January 4 and in Japan on March 22. China is where the film will likely rake in the dollars and catch up to expectations.
In fourth place was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which saw a 11.2% improvement from the previous weekend. It earned an estimated $18.3 million in its third week to bring its domestic total to $103.6 million. Internationally, the film added an estimated $27.4 million from 60 markets to bring that total to $109.6 million and a worldwide total of $213.2 million. The film still has Brazil to open which happens January 10 and Japan on March 28.
Rounding out the top five was The Mule which improved 24% from the previous weekend bringing in an estimated $11.8 million and a domestic total of $60 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations and how they’re shaking out in a record setting year.