BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 4-6, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Escape Room||$18.0 million|
|Mary Poppins Returns||$15.7 million|
Into the Spider-Verse
In the first weekend of 2019, Aquaman continued to rake in all the money with his trident. (Is that how tridents work?) Taking in an estimated $30.7 million, DC Comics' underwater hero has now crossed $259 million. That means it's higher than Justice League domestically, and the biggest DC Extended Universe movie worldwide. It should also become the fifth movie of 2018 to cross $1 billion shortly. So maybe Warner Bros. isn't in as much trouble as they thought.
Escape Room took advantage of the lack of competition to overperform. Taking in $18 million, that more than doubles its budget. It will probably be out of theaters by February and make less than $50 million domestically, but that's another horror success, which we're bound to see more of this year, including Us in March and It: Chapter Two in September.
Mary Poppins Returns slipped to third, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse fell to fourth. Neither will be able to get to $200 million, though don't count on that killing any sequels. Bumblebee still hasn't gotten to $100 million, the only Transformers movie to take this long to get there. Still, it's doing better internationally than the previous two films in the franchise.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Destroyer, the Nicole Kidman crime drama, added another three screens. That brought its average up to $18,335 at its six theaters.
- While no one was looking, The Mule has become one of the sleeper hits of 2018. Clint Eastwood's drug runner drama has made $81 million in four weekends, and might even cross $100 million, joining the ranks of Sully and Gran Torino.
- Welcome to Marwen took a huge wallop coming into the new year. Falling 70 percent, it's barely made a quarter of its budget.
Another weird January week, as the inspirational dramas A Dog's Way Home and The Upside take on the Keanu Reeves sci-fi flick Replicas. None of these will be able to top Aquaman in its fourth weekend. Both of the tear-jerkers should take in $15-18 million, while Replicas won't even be in the top five.