Aquaman Closing In On A Billion

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"Aquaman" displayed a powerful kick in North American theaters over the weekend, taking in an estimated $52.1 million to help close a record year for the movie sector, final figures showed Wednesday.

Annapurna's Vice, starring Christian Bale as the former Vice President, came out on top for the new films, grossing 7.8 million dollars from the weekend and 17.7 million dollars since its Christmas opening. The final weekend of 2018 once again belonged to Aquaman, which is unsurprising.

DC's Atlantean adventure earned $16.78 million on New Year's Day for a stateside haul of $216 million. Warner Bros. and DC Films know a hit when they see one, and Aquaman is all but begging for a continuation.

Aquamanjust slid past Wonder Woman's global box office, earning over $822 million (Wonder Woman earned $821.8 million globally). Excepting Aquaman everything in the top five is doing even more remarkably than Bumblebee. but the fact that Bumblebee is slowly but steadily maintaining an audience is something that should be remarked on.

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Despite the audience love for Aquaman, the critical reception has been more muted. It beat out other seasonal movies Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee by significant margins. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda star in the sequel to the 1964 classic, which opened with $23.5 million and has collected $114 million in North America and $86 million overseas.

Disney's Mary Poppins Returns also performed right on par with Mojo's pre-weekend forecast, delivering an estimated $28 million in its second weekend, a +19% improvement over last weekend, resulting in a domestic cume just shy of $100 million as the film begins to show potential for long legs. But the biggest bump of all came for Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet, which was up almost 40 per cent in its sixth weekend in theatres, with 6.5 million dollars. Hailee Steinfeld stars in the sci-fi saga's latest installment. The movie, based on the 2010 documentary "Marwencol", carries a $40 million price tag and stands to lose the studio over $45 million when marketing and distribution costs are considered.

Otherwise it promises to be all quiet on the multiplexes front until M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" bows during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

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