Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Swims Past $250M, ‘Escape Room’ Solves a Decent 2019 Start

Aquaman (2018) - Box Office

Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman’ Continues Into 2019 on Top with $30.7M

The treasure trove of Aquaman continues to grow in 2019. After becoming the DCEU’s biggest film worldwide, the Jason Momoa superhero flick brought in an estimated $30.7 million. After three weeks in theaters, Aquaman has reached $259.7 million domestically.

Aquaman continues to play like the leggy Wonder Woman, even after the holidays have long gone. Taking an acceptable 41.1% hit, Aquaman managed to pass $250 million after 16 days in theaters. With the exception of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, every film that’s hit that milestone has reached at least $300 million. Aquaman will be no exception, ultimately dethroning Man of Steel ($291 million). Even Thor: Ragnarok ($315.1 million) and Deadpool 2 ($318.5 million) could be challenged by Aquaman if legs continue to hold. Zero competition next weekend locks Aquaman for a fourth straight weekend on top. Though, with Glass released the weekend after, that’s when the true test of legs begins.

As the first new release of 2019, Sony’s PG-13 thriller, Escape Room, had a respectable opening over the weekend. Caught in between the slew of holiday holdovers, Escape Room opened to $18 million. That’s double its $9 million budget. For a post New Year’s debut, Escape Room is about on average with recent years’ releases. Insidious: The Last Key overperformed with a $29.6 million start last year. Underworld: Blood Wars struggled out of the gate in 2017 with $13.7 million. Escape Room should have a quick January-like run as it faced mixed reception. Rotten Tomatoes critics scored the film a 53%. CinemaScore audiences graded Escape Room a “B.” Even a $40 million finish may push Sony to release an inevitable Escape Room 2.

After three weekends in theaters, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns continues its holiday marathon run. Down 44.4%, the Emily Blunt musical brought in another $15.8 million over the weekend. Mary Poppins Returns has already passed the entire run of Disney’s 2014 musical, Into the Woods ($128.0 million). Les Miserables ($148.8 million) and La La Land ($151.1 million) remain to be challenged in the coming weeks. Though topping Chicago ($170.7 million) or The Greatest Showman ($174.4 millon) may prove to be a feat too difficult. For Emily Blunt, this will also be her second best run behind last year’s A Quiet Place ($188.0 million). Disney certainly knows how to make waves over the holiday season. Mary Poppins Returns is rapidly closing in on Crazy Rich Asians as one of the leggiest mainstream films released in 2018.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse remained in fourth place for another weekend. Sony’s acclaimed animated film enjoyed the best post New Year’s holdover in the top 5. Down 30.8%, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse grossed another $13 million in its fourth weekend. Now up to $133.9 million, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will have no issues passing the $150 million mark. Once it passes $150 million, it will become the leggiest Spider-Man film ever. That will even include the leggier Spider-Man 2 and The Amazing Spider-Man, which both opened mid-week. A lack of family-fueled competition could send the wall crawler even higher.

Paramount’s Bumblebee dropped two spots to fifth place over the weekend. Down 38.9%, the latest Transformers film made another $12.8 million over the weekend. Now at $97.1 million after three weeks, Bumblebee is guaranteed a run above the century mark. Hitting the brakes at around $125 million seems doable at this juncture. Despite a weak start, Bumblebee is proving to be the leggiest installment yet. Bumblebee has reached a 4.49x multiplier, nearly topping the 2007 film’s 4.53x multiplier. Like the $100 million milestone, that should also be topped much sooner than later.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s

#1 – Aquaman (1)
$30.7 million / $259.7 million total

#2 – Escape Room (NR)
$18.0 million / $18.0 million total

#3 – Mary Poppins Returns (2)
$15.8 million / $138.7 million total

#4 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (4)
$13.0 million / $133.9 million total

#5 – Bumblebee (3)
$12.8 million / $97.1 million total

Opening Next Week: Replicas, A Dog’s Way Home, The Upside, Perfect Strangers (limited), On the Basis of Sex (expanding)

Source: Box Office Mojo

Written by
Matt Marshall has been reviewing films since 2003, starting with "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." He specializes in home media, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray as well as box office analysis. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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