This weekend was the coming together of the entire holiday 2018 season. The three primary releases of the month, AQUAMAN, MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and BUMBLEBEE, all went against each other at the box office, with both successful and mixed results. And yet, despite some disappointing results namely from Paramount's well-received BUMBLEBEE, the weekend didn't fall into a mess of financial crashes, with AQUAMAN spearheading the charge and making waves on its own with a 67 million debut.
Ranked first for the weekend was the brand-new installment to the DCEU, starring Jason Momoa in AQUAMAN. Debuting in 4,125 theaters, the film had an opening weekend of $67.4 million. Despite being the lowest debut in the entire franchise, the film is already on track to pass JUSTICE LEAGUE with its worldwide numbers. After opening in several countries a week ago, the film has grossed an outstanding 482 million worldwide. In relation to its estimated 200 million production budget, it's a fantastic kickoff to what will undoubtedly be the financial champion of this holiday sequence. And with moderate reviews and audience reception, specifically an "A-" from CinemaScore, the film should have the legs and holds to help it cross the 200 million mark domestically. AQUAMAN is playing in theaters now and you can read our review for the film here.
(This portion is taken from the previous published HBB Reviews article "Box Office Report (December 21-23): AQUAMAN Makes Waves with 67 Million Debut," the full article of which can be found here).