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The Upside Tops Box Office, Aquaman Passes $1B Mark Worldwide

STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment’s The Upside topped the box office with an estimated $19.6 million from 3,080 theaters, an average of $6,360 per site. The film marks STX’s first No. 1 release and the opening doubled nearly all pre-release tracking expectations for the dramatic comedy, starring Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman. Directed by Neil Burger, The Upside is based on the hit 2011 French film The Intouchables, which grossed $416 million overseas in 2011. Made for $37 million, The Upside received an A CinemaScore from audiences.

After reigning the box office for three weeks, Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures) dropped to second place with $17.3 million to take its four-week total to $287.9 million domestically. Internationally, the James Wan-directed comic book adaptation added another $27.9 million from 79 markets and has now earned $732.4 million (with $287.3 million coming from China). The film is now the second-highest grossing Warner Bros. international release ever and has grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Aquaman stars Jason MomoaAmber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, and Temuera Morrison.

Sony Pictures‘ new family adventure A Dog’s Way Home debuted in third place with $11.3 million from 3,090 theaters, an average of $3,657. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, the film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp, with Wes Studi and Edward James Olmos. Made for $18 million, A Dog’s Way Home received an A- CinemaScore.

Moving up a spot to fourth in its fifth weekend, Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse webbed another $9 million and has brought in $147.8 million domestically. The movie also took in $9.4 million internationally this weekend from 65 markets and has earned $154.6 million overseas. The film is now up to $302.4 million globally. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the $90 million-animated film 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 was Sony Pictures’ Escape Room, which unlocked $8.9 million its second weekend and has grossed $32.4 million on a budget of just $9 million. The film’s international take is $2.5 million so far with many big markets still to come. Directed by Adam Robitel, the psychological thriller stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, and Yorick van Wageningen.

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns took sixth place with $7.2 million and has brought in $150.7 million in North America after four weeks. The Rob Marshall film collected $10.6 million overseas this weekend and has grossed $137.2 million internationally, for a global total of $287.9 million. Made for $130 million, 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.

Coming in at No. 7 was Paramount Pictures’ Bumblebee, which collected $6.8 million and has earned $108.5 million domestically after four weeks. Made for $135 million, the Transformers movie continued to perform strong overseas with another $35.6 million from 64 markets. It has now grossed $256.3 million overseas (with $105.7 million in China) and $364.8 million worldwide. 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.

Focus Features’ On the Basis of Sex expanded to 1,923 theaters and earned $6.2 million in eighth place. The Mimi Leder-directed film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made $10.6 million after three weeks. Receiving an A CinemaScore, On the Basis of Sex stars Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, and Cailee Spaeny.

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule (Warner Bros. Pictures) grossed $5.5 million in ninth place its fifth weekend and has earned $90.5 million domestically. 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 the tenth spot with $3.3 million and has earned $35.9 million after three weeks. The Adam McKay-directed film 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.

Entertainment Studios also opened Replicas in 2,329 theaters, but the sci-fi thriller earned just $2.5 million in 12th place. Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film received a C CinemaScore and stars Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, Emily Alyn Lind, Thomas Middleditch, John Ortiz, and Emjay Anthony.

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