Box Office Report: ‘Aquaman’ Retains Its Hold on 1st Place

According to Box Office Mojo, Warner Bros Pictures’ Aquaman now holds the #11 spot on the all-time list of films based on DC Comics properties. Just 11 days after opening in theaters, Aquaman has grossed more than $188 million domestically. It should surpass Superman Returns‘ final domestic box office numbers within the next week and take over the #10 spot on that list.

Mary Poppins Returns, Bumblebee, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continue to perform well at the box office, finishing once again in the top spots behind Aquaman. Bumblebee and the animated Spider-Man film were big hits with critics, with the latest Transformers movie earning an incredible (for this franchise) 93% fresh rating and Spider-Man garnering a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The final weekend of 2018’s new releases entered theaters with a whimper rather than a bang. Vice is getting a lot of awards season attention, but that wasn’t reflected in its opening weekend’s box office take. The political comedy starring Christian Bale as Bush’s Vice President Dick Cheney is currently sitting at 64% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The weekend’s other new comedy, Holmes and Watson starring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly, was trashed by critics. It registered a 0% rating on RT for a while, but now has a 9% rotten rating after four (out of 46) critics gave it positive reviews. For once paying audiences agreed with critics. Cinemascore shows Holmes and Watson earned a D+ average rating from ticket buyers.

Box Office Top 10: December 28-30, 2018

  1. Aquaman – $51,550,000
  2. Mary Poppins Returns – $28,019,000
  3. Bumblebee – $20,500,000
  4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $18,315,000
  5. The Mule – $11,780,000
  6. Holmes and Watson – $7,300,000
  7. Second Act – $7,210,000
  8. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $6,532,000
  9. The Grinch – $4,200,000
Box Office: Aquaman Jason Momoa and Amber Heard
Amber Heard and Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’ (Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures & © DC Comics)

The Aquaman Plot:

“From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.”