‘Aquaman’ opens 2019 as box office champion


The first weekend of 2019 saw Aquaman remain box office champion for the third straight weekend while Escape Room had a decent opening weekend for the first wide release of the new year.

Aquaman brought in $30.7 million during its third weekend and is closing in on $260 million domestically. The film dropped 41 percent during its third weekend and has already passed Justice League’s domestic gross and is approaching Man of Steel next.

The film brought in $56.2 million internationally for an international gross of $681 million for a worldwide gross approaching $1 billion as it currently stands at $940 million.The film has the highest international gross of any DC Comic adaptation and the worldwide gross is currently third behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.

Escape Room opened in second place with $18 million which is quite the impressive opening. The film had a budget of only $9 million so it did a nice job of doubling up its opening weekend. I think that it is possible that this horror film could cross $50 million domestically by the end of its theatrical run.

Mary Poppins Returns drops one spot to third place with $15.8 million and is approaching $140 million domestically. The film dropped 44 percent during its third weekend and the worldwide gross for the film is approaching $260 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse remained in fourth place with $13 million and stands at $133 million domestically. The film is nominated for the Golden Globe for best animated film so that should help the film continue to have some extended success at the box office.

Bumblebee rounds out the top five with $12.8 million and is right under $100 million domestically. The film has brought in $192 million internationally for a worldwide gross of just over $290 million.

The Mule spends its first weekend outside the top five finishing in sixth place with $9 million. The film crossed $80 million domestically and I still predict that it has a chance to cross $100 million domestically.

Vice dropped one spot to seventh place after dropping 25 percent during its second weekend. The film brought in $5.8 million and is sitting right under $30 million domestically. This film is another contender during awards season which should continue to help its box office performance.

Holmes & Watson continues to plummet as it dropped 54 percent during its second weekend. The film is sitting under $30 million domestically and this will be the last week this film remains inside the top ten.

Second Act ($4.9 million) and Ralph Breaks The Internet ($4.7 million) round out the rest of the top ten. Bohemian Rhapsody is slowly approaching $200 million domestically while A Star is Born crossed $200 million domestically as it also gets ready for a busy awards season.

It’s possible that Aquaman’s time as box office champion could end next week as it will face competition from three new wide releases and one film expanding to wide release. These releases include The Upside, starring Kevin Hart and Brian Cranston.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Warner Bros.: $41 million

Sony Pictures: $34.4 million

Disney: $20.5 million

Paramount Pictures: $13.5 million

Annapurna Pictures: $7.8 million

STX Entertainment: $4.9 million

Focus Features: $3.9 million

20th Century Fox: $2.4 million

Fox Searchlight: $2 million

Next week’s openings: A Dog’s Way Home, Replicas, The Upside, On the Basis of Sex (expands wide)


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