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