The first box office weekend of the new year has kicked off well with Aquaman winning its third weekend – which is such a radical change from how things went for Justice League not that long ago. The film added another $30.7 million this weekend to bring it to just under $260 million domestically. It’s also adding good numbers overseas with a $681 million take and a worldwide of $940 million. With the way things are going, its worldwide take will soon surpass the other two DC properties that hold the higher position with The Dark Knight Rises at $1.084 billion and The Dark Knight at just $1 billion. It’s blown pas the worldwide for Wonder Woman which was at $821 million and the $873 million of Batman V Superman for the interconnected films.
The new film for this weekend was Escape Room which landed with a $18 million take, ahead of expectations to be sure, and with a $9 million budget even its “B” CinemaScore won’t impact it much. It looks like most expectations are for it to hit about $40 million domestically.
Once past that it’s some decent numbers but pretty much par for the course for an early January period. Into the Spider-Verse adds another $13 million to bring it to $134 million domestically and it’s doing well overseas with China bringing in $60 million so far. It’s done $141 million overseas for a worldwide take of $275 million on its $90 million budget.
Next weekend starts to kick things up a little bit more but we’re still looking at mostly January-ish kinds of films. A Dog’s Way Home will do well for Sony with it hitting in 3,000 screens while The Upside is a bit harder to track based on the recent Kevin Hart issues, making for some awkward time to say the least. Entertainment Studios is out with Replicas in 2,500 screens. And we do get a very welcome expansion at what feels like forever with On the Basis of Sex going to 2,000 screens from the 112 it’s in now.
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