As the 2018 box office closes with a bang, “Aquaman” is ruling North American movie going with137 million in its first week in theaters.
The Warner Bros. tent pole took in 14.6 million at 4,125 locations on Thursday. “Aquaman” has also performed powerfully overseas with 473.6 million since launching on Dec. 7. China has led the way with 246 million, making “Aquaman” the top Warner Bros. title of all time in that market.
“Aquaman” is expected to repeat as the winner of the last weekend of 2018 in North America with at least 40 million. Disney’s second frame of “Mary Poppins Returns” should lead the rest of the pack, with somewhere in the 25 million to 35 million range after taking in 60 million in its first eight days.
Paramount’s sophomore weekend of “Bumblebee” and Sony’s third frame of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will probably be battling for third place at around 20 million each. The animated “Into the Spider-Verse” took in 5.9 million on Thursday to lift it’s domestic haul to 85.5 million in its 14th day.
Warner Bros.’ third weekend of Clint Eastwood’s drug-runner drama “The Mule” will be in a fight for fifth at about 10 million with a pair of new entries that opened on Christmas Day — Sony’s comedy “Holmes & Watson” and Annapurna’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice.” “The Mule” picked up 3.1 million on Thursday to lift its 14-day total to 49 million, while “Holmes & Watson” took in 2.5 million on Thursday for a three-day tally of 12.4 million. “Vice” has made 7.7 million in its first two days.
No new wide releases are opening this weekend in North America. Sony Classics is launching “Stan& Ollie,” starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, in a limited release at several dozen locations.
Hollywood studios typically hold off on major releases in the final weekend of the year. The last frame of 2017saw the third weekend of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” lead with 52 million, edging the sophomore frame of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Box office tracker Comscore has predicted that total 2018 domestic grosses will hit 11.9 billion, a 7% increase from 2017.“The biggest year in box office history comes to a close as a host of familiar titles will dominate the multiplex and as is somewhat typical for the final weekend of the year, we will see no new wide release debuts and thus the deja vu-inducing slate,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Comscore. “’Aquaman,’ ’Mary Poppins,’ ’Bumblebee’ as well as ’Spider-Man’ and ’The Mule’ will take us out on a high note as we look toward yet another amazing year in movie theaters in 2019.”
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on 28 Dec 2018
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