Aquaman Holds On To Top Slot In New Year’s Box Office Race

Posted by at 3:33 pm on January 1, 2019

Aquaman capped off 2018 in style. DC’s superhero adventure will cross the $200 million mark at the domestic box office just a few hours after the ball dropped on the year. Its total now stands at $199.5 million.

Aquaman — directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa — topped the charts in North America on New Year’s Eve, pulling in a healthy $10.1 million on Monday. The Atlantean adventurer’s hold on audiences is good news for Warner Bros., which has had mixed results with launching its interconnected series of DC movies. “Wonder Woman” was embraced by moviegoers and critics. From there the results have been a mixed bag. Suicide Squad and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice did healthy business without being particularly beloved by the general public. That’s more than can be said for Justice League, a dud that ranked as a major miss both critically and commercially.

The holiday results push Aquaman’s haul past $750 million at the global box office. The trident-wielding hero has resonated in a big way overseas, pulling in $562 million from international markets. Aquaman has joined A Star Is Born as Warner Bros.’ highest grossing domestic release of the year. Each film has now hit $200 million in the states.

Two movies have yet to report their New Year’s Eve grosses. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns has yet to unveil its Monday haul, but as of the weekend the family film’s domestic haul stood at a respectable $99.2 million, so it should now be comfortably north of $100 million. After a slower-than-expected start the sequel has begun to rebound over the holidays. Paramount has yet to report grosses for Bumblebee. Through the weekend the Transformers spinoff generated $67.2 million.

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