The film opened right around expectations with an impressive $67.4 million opening. The film should have no problem crossing $100 million domestically during its first five days especially with the long holiday weekend. Christmas Day is one of the busiest days at the box office so this should also help the DC hero remain king of the box office.
This opening weekend is one of the top ten highest opening weekends for a December release as well as the sixth highest opening weekend of the DC Extended Universe. I think this film will do very well considering it has received some of the best reviews of any film in the DCEU.
Mary Poppins Returns finishes in second place after opening on Wednesday. The film brought in $22.2 over the weekend for a five day total of $31 million. This film should enjoy some success during the holiday season and I think this film will definitely cross $110 million domestically.
Bumblebee opened in third place with $21 million. The latest entry of the Transformers franchise has brought in surprisingly positive reviews. I don’t think this film will ever get to the top of the box office because of Aquaman, but I believe it will easily cross $100 million as well as maybe be able to pass Transformers: The Last Knight. The film also brought in $30 million internationally with several markets left to release.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped three spots to fourth place after the busy box office weekend. The animated film dropped 53 percent during its second weekend and brought in $16.7 million and is approaching $65 million domestically.
The Mule rounds out the top five after also dropping three spots. The film dropped 47 percent during its second weekend and brought in $9.3 million and stands around $35 million domestically.
The Grinch finishes in sixth place and is continuing to take advantage of the holiday season. The film added $8.2 million and has crossed $250 million domestically after seven weeks. $275 million domestically seems very likely for this film.
The other two wide releases of the weekend both opened inside the top ten. Second Act starring Jennifer Lopez opened in seventh place with $6.5 million. Welcome to Marwen had a rough opening in ninth place with $2.4 million. I wouldn’t expect either of these films to make it into the top five.
Ralph Breaks The Internet ($4.6 million) and Mary Queen of Scots ($2.2 million) round out the rest of the top ten. Mary Queen of Scots climbed seven spots into the top ten as it expanded nationwide.
I predict that Aquaman will end 2018 at the top of the box office. We have two new wide releases opening on Christmas Day including Holmes & Watson starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
Weekend Gross by Distributor:
Warner Bros.: $77.9 million
Disney: $27 million
Paramount Pictures: $21.6 million
Sony Pictures: $16.7 million
Universal: $13.7 million
STX Entertainment: $6.5 million
20th Century Fox: $2.6 million
Focus Features: $2.2 million
Fox Searchlight: $2.1 million
MGM: $1.5 million
Next week’s openings: Holmes & Watson, Vice