‘Aquaman’ closes out 2018 as the box office champion


2018 was a record-breaking year at the box office. The top five remained the same and Aquaman had no problem repeating as the box office champion and ending 2018 on top of the box office.

The DC superhero once again finished at the top of the box office after bringing in $52.1 million during its second weekend. The film only dropped 23 percent during its second weekend and is approaching $190 million domestically. The film is now the eleventh largest domestic release based on a DC comic after only ten days of release.

Aquaman also brought in $85.4 million internationally and has reached over $550 million at the international box office. The film also has a worldwide gross that is approaching $750 million and makes this film the third largest worldwide release of the DC Extended Universe after passing Suicide Squad.

Mary Poppins Returns remains in second place with $28.4 million and actually increased 21 percent during its second weekend. The domestic gross stands right under $100 million. I expect this film to enjoy a few more weeks inside the top five.

Bumblebee only dropped 3 percent during its second weekend as it brought in $20.9 million and is approaching $70 million domestically. This film has received better reviews than the last few Transformers films but it’s going to be a challenge for this film to reach the $130 million mark set by Transformers: The Last Knight.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also improved this weekend by 14 percent by adding $18.8 million and pushing its domestic gross to over $100 million. The film added another $27.4 million internationally for a worldwide gross that stands right under $215 million. It still has several international markets yet to release.

The Mule rounds out the top five with $12.2 million. This film also improved by 28 percent and has crossed $60 million domestically. I could see this film finishing between $80-$90 million domestically.

The two new wide releases opened in sixth and seventh place respectfully. The Dick Cheney biopic Vice starring Christian Bale opened in sixth place with $7.8 million. The film has received excellent reviews and should be a contender during the upcoming awards season.

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s latest offering Holmes & Watson was definitely the last flop of 2018. The film has received awful reviews and opened in seventh place with $7.4 million. The film opened on Christmas so the five day total comes out around $20 million. This is the lowest opening for a film with these two actors. I don’t think that this film has a chance to break $100 million domestically.

Second Act ($7.4 million), Ralph Breaks The Internet ($6.7 million) and The Grinch ($4.2 million) round out the rest of the top ten. The Grinch is also closing in on $270 million domestically.

I think that Aquaman has a solid chance to win the weekend box office for the third straight weekend as the only upcoming wide release is the new horror film Escape Room.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Warner Bros.: $65.8 million

Disney: $35.3 million

Sony Pictures: $26.2 million

Paramount Pictures: $21.9 million

Universal: $9.4 million

Annapurna Pictures: $8.6 million

STX Entertainment: $7.4 million

Focus Features: $3.4 million

Fox Searchlight: $2.5 million

Next week’s openings: Escape Room

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