Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Aquaman topped the North America box office this weekend with an estimated $67.4 million from 4,125 theaters, an average of $16,339 per theater. If you add the previous special opening and preview events for Aquaman, the film is up to $72.1 million. Audiences gave the film an A- CinemaScore.
Aquaman dominated the international box office for the third-straight weekend and is now playing in 70 overseas markets. This weekend, the film added $91.3 million from 31,930 screens and it has now grossed $410.7 million overseas, with $232.8 million coming from China alone. The worldwide total for Aquaman has already reached $482.8 million. In most markets, the film is tracking ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Wonder Woman.
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns debuted in second place with $22.2 million this weekend from 4,090 theaters, an average of $5,436 per theater. The sequel, which also received an A- CinemaScore, has earned $31 million domestically since opening in theaters on Wednesday. Internationally, Mary Poppins Returns earned $20.3 from 17 markets, putting its global total at $51.3 million. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke.
Coming in close at No. 3 was Bumblebee (Paramount Pictures), which earned $21 million from 3,550 theaters, an average of $5,915. Made for $135 million, the new Transformers movie received an A- CinemaScore as well. Bumblebee debuted internationally with $31.1 million from 38 markets, for a worldwide total of $52.1 million. Directed by Travis Knight, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider. Bumblebee is voiced by Dylan O’Brien.
Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped three spots to fourth place with $16.7 million, to put its two-week total at $64.8 million. Internationally, the film added $38 million this weekend from 53 markets, with $26.1 million coming from China. The overseas total is at $64.8 million and the worldwide sum has reached $129.6 million. Made for $90 million, Into the Spider-Verse was directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. It features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, and Liev Schreiber.
Rounding out the top five at the domestic box office was Clint Eastwood’s The Mule (Warner Bros. Pictures), which brought in $9.95 million and has earned $35.7 million after two weeks. In addition to directing, Eastwood stepped in front of the lens again, alongside fellow stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest and Andy Garcia, as well as Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Ignacio Serricchio and Loren Dean, Eugene Cordero. The film cost $50 million to make.
Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures) came in at No. 6 with another $8.2 million for its seventh weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total up to $253.2 million. Adding the film’s international total of $169.3 million puts the global total at $442.5 million. Directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, the $75 million film features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Cameron Seely, Angela Lansbury, and Pharrell Williams.
STXfilms’ Second Act, starring Jennifer Lopez, opened in seventh place with $6.5 million from 2,607 theaters, an average of $2,494 per location. Directed by Peter Segal, the movie cost just $16 million to make and also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini and Milo Ventimiglia. It received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet collected $4.6 million in eighth place and has grossed $162.1 million domestically after five weeks. The sequel added $9.3 million overseas and has earned $145.5 million there, for a worldwide total of $307.6 million. Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, Ralph Breaks the Internet was made for $175 million and features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Ali Wong, Timothy Simons, Glozell Green, Hamish Blake, Alfred Molina, and Gal Gadot.
Also, Universal Pictures released Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen into 1,911 theaters where it earned just $2.4 million, good for a ninth place opening weekend. Receiving a B- CinemaScore, Welcome to Marwen stars Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger, Merritt Wever, Janelle Monáe, Eiza González, Gwendolyn Christie, Leslie Zemeckis, and Neil Jackson.