Aquaman Dominates with a $137 Million Global Weekend

The top five films continue to perform well over the holidays

Aquaman Dominates with a $137 Million Global Weekend

There was no stopping Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Aquaman this weekend, as the DC film brought in another $51.6 million domestically in first place, a dip of just 23.5% in ticket sales from last weekend. The James Wan-directed movie has earned $188.8 million in North America after two weeks.

Internationally, Aquaman added $85.4 million from 78 markets to take its overseas total to $560 million ($260.4 million from China alone) and worldwide sum to $748.8 million. In comparison, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned $873.6 million worldwide, Wonder Woman grossed $821.8 million, Suicide Squad earned $746.8 million, and Justice League took in $657.9 million globally.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason MomoaAmber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, and Temuera Morrison.

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns remained in second place with $28 million (a 19.1% increase from last weekend) for a two-week total of $98.9 million. Internationally, the movie grossed $28.9 million and has collected $74.4 million, for a global sum of $173.3 million. The top international market for Mary Poppins Returns so far is the UK with $29.6 million. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film stars Emily BluntLin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke.

Staying in third place was Bumblebee (Paramount Pictures), which earned another $20.5 million and is up to $66.8 million in North America. Made for $135 million, the Transformers movie brought in $45.7 million internationally this weekend from 55 markets. The overseas total is $90 million and worldwide sum is $156.8 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 kept the fourth spot and increased its ticket sales by 11.2% with $18.3 million, for a three-week total of $103.6 million. The $90 million-animated film brought in $27.4 million internationally this weekend from 60 markets, for an overseas total of $109.6 million and worldwide total of $213.2 million. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, Into the Spider-Verse 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 $11.8 million (a 24% increase) and has earned $60.7 million after three 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.

Annapurna Pictures’ Vice took sixth place with $7.8 million from 2,442 theaters, an average of $3,190 per theater. The Adam McKay-directed film has earned $17.7 million since opening on Christmas Day. Vice, which received a C+ CinemaScore from audiences, stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, Justin Kirk, Lisagay Hamilton, Shea Whigham, and Eddie Marsan.

Holmes & Watson (Sony Pictures), starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, also opened in theaters on Christmas Day. The comedy took seventh place this weekend with $7.3 million from 2,776 theaters, an average of $2,630, for a total of $19.7 million since opening. Holmes & Watson also began its overseas rollout this weekend with $4 million from eight markets. The Etan Cohen-directed film, which received a D+ CinemaScore, also stars Rebecca Hall, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, and Ralph Fiennes.

STXfilms’ Second Act, starring Jennifer Lopez, dropped a spot to eighth place (but improved 11.3% from last weekend) with $7.2 million. The $16 million-budgeted movie has earned $21.8 million after two weeks. The movie also added $1.5 million from 37 international markets, for an overseas total of $6.6 million. Directed by Peter Segal, Second Act also stars Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini and Milo Ventimiglia.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet collected $6.5 million in ninth place and has grossed $175.7 million domestically after six weeks. Internationally, the sequel brought in $13.7 million and has earned $174.7 million, for a global total of $350.4 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.

And tenth place went to Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal Pictures), which added $4.2 million and has grossed $265.5 million domestically after eight weeks. Adding the film’s international total of $203.9 million puts the global total at $469.4 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.

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