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Aquaman Dominates For a Second Weekend With The Smallest Second Weekend Drop of any DCU or MCU Film

Aquaman

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.

Aquaman Wins the Weekend Box Office and #1 Worldwide

Aquaman

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.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is First with December’s Largest Animated Opening

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

The end of the year is looking pretty good for comic adaptations so far. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for the largest three-day animated opening in the month of December.

The film is receiving universal praise from critics and fans with a “A+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The audience was 63% male with 41% aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the film brought in $21 million from 44 overseas market for a worldwide total of $56.4 million on a $90 million budget.

The film’s success may throw a wrench into Aquaman‘s plans with the films likely cutting into each other’s audiences. That film opens this coming weekend where it has tough competition between SONY’s take on Marvel’s hero and Bumblebee.

In second place was The Mule which opened with an estimated $17.2 million on a $50 million budget. It received an “A-” CinemaScore with a 54% male audience and 88% over the age of 25.

In third place was Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch with an estimated $11.58 million after six weeks. It’s close to $240 million domestically with $133.4 million internationally after its $23.3 million overseas this past weekend.

In fourth place was Ralph Breaks the Internet which dropped from last week’s first. It earned an estimated $9.58 million to bring its domestic total just shy of $155 million. Internationally it added $7.9 million to bring that total to over $285 million. It opens in Japan and Hong Kong next weekend with more markets yet to open.

Rounding out the top five was Mortal Engines. The $100 million production earned just $7.5 million domestically. Bad reviews, a “B-” CinemaScore, and a confusing marketing is creating a massive failure. The audience was 55% maes and 64% were aged 25 or older. Internationally the film added 11 markets and brought in $11.5 million for a total of $34.8 million. Disaster is the word you’re looking for.

Deadpool 2‘s Once Upon a Deadpool came in at #11 and brought in $2.6 million. This PG-13 re-release will be added to the total for Deadpool 2 which stands at $322.3 million. It was also released in 12 international markets where it brought in about $1 million.

Aquaman continued its strong foreign performance where it added 42 markets and brought in an estimated $126.4 million for an international total of $261.3 million. It still has to open in France, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Australia, Ital, and Japan which will go into February 2019.

On Saturday night the film earned an estimated $2.9 million from a single paid sneak preview from 1,225 theaters in North America.

The movie opens this coming weekend where it’ll have to compete with Bumblebee which makes its fight to be first more difficult. There’s numerous films competing for the same audience this coming weekend.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.