Box Office: December 7-9

It’s a quiet weekend at the box office in terms of new films coming out as everything is getting loaded closer to the holiday but there is some significant news that hit. Aquaman hit overseas this weekend with a Chinese debut. The film did $93.6 million, which is $3 million more than Wonder Woman did in total there. It’s $2 million short of the lifetime run for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice there and is about $12 million shy of what Justice League did there in total. Suffice to say, the buzz for the film is only going to increase from here – especially since it became the #1 film globally for the weekend and from just one market. The film really dominated in China where it represented 85% of what was seen this weekend.

This weekend didn’t have anything of note going big and wide and that’s left us with a similar chart to last week with smaller numbers overall. Ralph Breaks the Internet takes the top spot with a $16 million take to bring it to $141 million while The Grinch adds another $15 million to bring it to $223 million. The kids/family fare is doing well s expected and it seems like the early launch for The Grinch has served it well.

Creed II took the third place spot where it added another $10 million to bring it just shy of $100 million while The Crimes of Grindelwald, which I was glad to finally catch in the theater this past week, added another $6.8 million to bring it to just over $145 million. It’s still the weakest of them all and its worldwide take is now at $568 million.

The Favourite expanded by 57 theaters this weekend to bring in $1.4 million that gets it to the $3.4 million mark and a decent marketing campaign to raise awareness for it as it gets ready to expand into 525 screens next weekend.

While it didn’t chart, the 25th-anniversary release of Schindler’s List brought in $551,000 with its 1,000 screen run. It wasn’t promoted hardly at all from what I could see so that’s no surprise.

Overseas also saw the debut of Mortal Engines ahead of the domestic side where it did $17.9 million in 43 markets with Russia being the biggest at $4 million.

This coming Wednesday sees the arrival of Once Upon a Deadpool in 500 screens. Friday has Universal bringing out Mortal Engines in 3,000 screens while Warner Bros. hits up 2,400 screens for The Mule from Clint Eastwood. Sony’s betting big on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with more films coming as it prepares to open in 3,400 screens.