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.
In second was Disney's highly anticipated sequel to their esteemed classic, MARY POPPINS RETURNS. Opening to a soft tune of 22.2 million, on paper, the film may have been classified as underperforming. However, outside of opening just as industry expectations expected, the film is expected to hold well throughout the rest of the somewhat quiet season, similar to how JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE and THE GREATEST SHOWMAN did. In addition, the film technically opened on Wednesday, December 19th and since then has grossed 51 million worldwide. MARY POPPINS RETURNS 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).