A new DC Universe hero made his big screen debut, and while audiences helped Aquaman swim to the top of the box office, it wasn’t with the tidal wave some anticipated.
With decent reviews and a game Jason Momoa working his butt off to promote the new film, one would have hoped Aquaman would have brought in more than its estimated $67.4 million for its debut weekend. It’s hard to pinpoint why the number in North America wasn’t larger; perhaps it’s the fact that people are traveling this weekend. Maybe it’s because there were a lot of choices for people to choose from. Maybe the lacklustre performance of last year’s Justice League had a trickle down effect. It will be interesting to see how much of a drop Aquaman suffers in its second weekend. It’s worth nothing that the movie is doing extremely well overseas, and its success won’t be predicated on its North American gross.
I have to admit that I’m surprised at the numbers both Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Returns delivered. Both are better reviewed than Aquaman, but neither were able to notch up what I’d consider amazing debut weekends (keeping in mind that the former has been in theaters since Wednesday). Mary Poppins Returns was in second place with an estimated $22 million, while Bumblebee was so close behind it with $21.7 million. Things could certainly shift by the time the actual are available, but I don’t see either film’s performances as strong for their first weeks.
As for the rest of the top five, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse dropped from first to fourth place with $16.7 million, Clint Eastwood’s The Mule closed things out in fifth place with $9.9 million.
So, to recap, here were our predictions:
1) Aquaman – $90 million
2) Bumblebee – $46 million
3) Mary Poppins Returns – $44 million
4) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – $20 million
5) The Mule – $12 million
And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:
1) Aquaman – $67.4 million
2) Mary Poppins Returns – $22 million
3) Bumblebee – $21.7 million
4) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – $16.7 million
5) The Mule – $9.9 million
This Christmas Day sees the release of both Holmes and Watson and Vice. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our final predictions for 2018!