by Brad Letter
December 30, 2018
There were no major surprises in the last weekend of a record setting in 2018 like Warner Bros.s Aquaman is again king of the box sea with a domestic cume that now topped $ 188 million and a worldwide tally approaching $ 750 million. Meanwhile, the weekend's new major releases are in Annapurna vice and sony Holmes & Watson were quiet in the debut as the main weekend weekend goes to holiday holdovers.
Just a little better than Mojo's expectations before weekend, WB and DC Aquaman delivered the smallest second weekend drop in DC Extended Universe, dipped only -23.5% for a $ 51.55 million Second weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume over $ 188 million. The film is now the eleventh largest domestic release based on a DC Comic after just ten days in the release.
internationally, Aquaman Bringing in an estimated $ 85.4 million over the weekend from 78 overseas cume markets totaling $ 560 million and a global tally reaching $ 748.8 million. This makes the film the third largest worldwide release in DC Extended Universe, topping Selvmordstruppe. Meanwhile, it is the fifth largest worldwide release based on a DC Comic and the second largest international version just behind The dark knight rises ($ 636.8m). China remains AquamanIts top market with a massive $ 260.4 million with releases in Italy set for January 1 and Japan as the last market to release where the film will open on February 8.
Disney Mary Poppins returns also performed in line with Mojo's pre-weekend forecast, and delivered an estimated $ 28 million In his second weekend, an improvement of + 19% over last weekend, resulting in a domestic cume just shy of $ 100 million as the film begins to show potential for long legs.
internationally, Mary Poppins Added $ 28.9 million over the weekend from 37 markets to an international cume that is now just shy of $ 75 million. The movie's best overseas market remains the UK, where it has broken nearly $ 30 million so far, and it will open in Australia and Russia next weekend.
Paramount bumblebee dipped only -5% in his second weekend, delivering an estimated $ 20.5 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $ 66.7 million. The film's performance will still be one to watch as the audience enjoys it more clearly than the latest films transformers franchise, but the film faces a lot of direct competition in Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, leaving open the question of how long the three films can thrive in theaters, playing side by side.
internationally, bumblebee now plays in 55 markets from which it estimates $ 45.7 million this weekend for an overseas cume that now stands at $ 90 million. Highlights of new openings include a $ 7.8 million opening in South Korea, followed by the United Kingdom ($ 6.3m), France ($ 4.1m), Brazil ($ 3m), Taiwan ($ 2m) and Hong Kong ($ 1.5m). The film will start playing in China on January 4, followed by a March 22 release in Japan.
In fourth place, mentioned Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed what was a bigger than expected decline this weekend with a + 11.2% improvement over the weekend, and delivered an estimated $ 18.3 million to start its third week in release with a domestic cume that now tops $ 103 million. The movie has also added another $ 27.4 million internationally from 60 markets for a worldwide cume that now amounts to $ 213.2 million. Spider-Verse has continued to open in Brazil where it will debut on January 10, followed by a March 28 opening in Japan.
Rounding the top five is WB The Mule, which showed an impressive 24% improvement over last weekend, which resulted in an estimate $ 11.78 million weekend and a domestic cume that now reaches $ 60 million.
Outside the top five, after Christmas debut this past Tuesday, Annapurna is vice went into their first weekend and played at 2,442 places from where it was delivered $ 7.7 million. The result is within range of pre-weekend expectations and just before Mojo's pre-weekend forecast. Looking ahead, this obviously does not seem to be the same type of success as a writer / director Adam McKay& # 39; s The big short, who waited five weeks to play at as many theaters as vice opened in, not to mention Big Short received an "A" CinemaScore compared to "C +" for vice. The studio may have been better with a similar platform approach Big Short, aimed at a major release on January 25, three days after the upcoming Oscar nomination message.
That being said, vice is already Annapurna's highest gross domestic release of all-time after just six days of release with the image breaking $ 17.7 million so far.
Also after his Christmas day debut, Sony's comedy Holmes & Watson was not a hit with critics or audiences. The film received a "D +" CinemaScore from the opening day crowds and signaled a steady decline in attendance, reflected in the weekend's performance with the movie that gave an estimate $ 7.3 million from 2 776 locations. The movie has now broken only shy of $ 20 million after six days of release. To put it in perspective, previous comedies headlined by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly saw stepbrothers Open with $ 30.9 million ahead of a $ 100 million domestic race and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Opened with $ 47 million before ending their domestic race just shy of $ 150 million.
Holmes & Watson Also launched its international rollout this weekend, playing in eight markets and delivering an estimated $ 4 million led by a $ 1.8 million opening in Australia and a $ 1.7 million debut in the UK. Upcoming key markets include Russia (January 24), Germany (February 7), Italy (February 14), Spain (February 22) and France (February 27).
In limited release, Reliance's release of Simmba debuted with an estimated $ 1.7 million from 300 locations ($ 5,751 PTA); Focus release of On the basis of gender delivered estimated $ 690k from 33 theaters ($ 20909) after Christmas Day debut; Sony Classics Stan & Ollie opened with $ 79 674 from five locations ($ 15,935); and Annapurna's destroys brought in an estimated $ 58,472 from three theaters ($ 19,491 PTA) after it also opened on Christmas Day.
Overall, the weekend's top twelve were most in line with last weekend, and only gross + 0.8% more as of 2018 will soon close as the highest gross year on the all-powerful domestic box. So far, 2018 has delivered nearly $ 11.7 billion in home sales and will be the top 2016 previous record year with more than $ 400 million.
Next weekend we'll see ourselves begin in 2019 with the release of the Sony horror movie Escape Room, debuts in ~ 2,500 places.
You can check out all the weekend's estimated results right here. Weekend updates will not be available until January 2.
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