Following a fantastic holiday season with major, blockbuster releases such as BUMBLEBEE, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and AQUAMAN, the first weekend of January has always served as a leftovers feast, so audiences can pick out what they missed at the cinema over the Christmas and New Years break. And outside of one major release in ESCAPE ROOM, it appears audiences flocked to James Wan's interpretation of AQUAMAN, marking the film's third weekend of triumph. It became the highest grossing DC Extended Universe film worldwide, topping the total grosses of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE with its current totals of 940 million. And with its pace, the film is expected to cross the coveted billion dollar mark in the coming weeks before the release of GLASS, which will crush and transform the box office truly into 2019.
At the top of the charts, for the third weekend in the row was AQUAMAN with a 30.7 million in its third weekend. From its opening weekend to its third, this is only a 43.7% decrease and from its second weekend ending up as 41.1%. This is the smallest drop for the entire DC Extended Universe, topping WONDER WOMAN. Domestically, the film has hit 259 million and worldwide, as previously mentioned, hit an astounding 940 million. For a film that faced so much doubt leading up to its release, this financial result is nothing short of incredible. And it seems that it will keep on churning for studio and distributor Warner Bros Pictures. AQUAMAN is playing in theaters now.
(This portion is taken from the previous published HBB Reviews article "Box Office Report (January 4-6): AQUAMAN Continues to Triumph, ESCAPE ROOM Opens Moderately," the full article of which can be found here).