It was Warner Bros Pictures’ Aquaman sitting on top of the box office chart at the end of the January 4-6, 2019 weekend as expected. The first weekend of the new year saw the DC Comics property push past the $940 million mark worldwide. After just three weeks in release, Aquaman‘s already well past the theatrical worldwide gross of 2017’s Justice League. It’s also outgrossed 2013’s Man of Steel starring Henry Cavill, 2016’s Suicide Squad, 2016’s Batman vs Superman, and 2017’s Wonder Woman, making the undersea action drama/comedy the biggest worldwide grossing film of the DC Extended Universe.
While Aquaman performed about as expected, the weekend’s number two film surpassed pre-release expectations. Sony kicked off their box office year with the release of the horror film, Escape Room. Made for around $9 million-ish, the PG-13 film doubled its budget and scored a decent “B” grade from audiences, according to Cinemascore.
Up next: Animal lovers will need to bring tissues to the theater for the family-friendly A Dog’s Way Home opening on January 11, 2019. Keanu Reeves headlines the sci-fi thriller Replicas, while Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston team up for the dramedy, The Upside. Focus Features will expand On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg into 2,000 theaters.
Box Office Top 10: January 4-6, 2018
- Aquaman – $30,700,000
- Escape Room – $18,000,000
- Mary Poppins Returns – $15,773,000
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $13,010,000
- Bumblebee – $12,775,000
- The Mule – $9,040,000
- Vice – $5,803,490
- Second Act – $4,910,000
- Ralph Breaks the Internet – $4,685,000
- Holmes and Watson – $3,400,000
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.”