Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman’ Stays No. 1 for Second Week in Theaters

Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman’ Stays No. 1 for Second Week in Theaters

Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman’ Stays No. 1 for Second Week in Theaters

Ultimately the big takeaway from this news, at least from where I stand, is that Aquaman, like Wonder Woman before it, has demonstrated that there is absolutely an interest among general audiences for new DC Comics superhero films.

Not falling far behind is STX and Jennifer Lopez's "Second Act".

Warner Bros. has struggled this year in the face of strong gains by industry leader Disney, up 35 percent for 2018 heading into the weekend, and Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures, up 19 percent.

Disney's Mary Poppins Returns actually gained altitude in its second weekend, taking in $28 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period, up 18 percent.

At the specialty box office, Participant Media's On the Basis Of Sex pocketed US$690,000 from 33 screens.

This so-called "catch-up" weekend made it a little hard for the Christmas newcomers to make a huge impact, however, especially when the big wide-releases this time were either politically charged (the Dick Cheney movie Vice) or poorly reviewed (Holmes and Watson, which is in the single digits on Rotten Tomatoes and got a deathly D+ CinemaScore).

Although other films in theaters were left in "Aquaman's" wake, more than a few in the top 10 experienced an uncommon uptick in returns this weekend. The studio plans to expand to 100 theaters next weekend. Only eight other superhero films have accomplished this feat and the only DC movies to manage it were The Dark Knight and its sequel The Dark Knight Rises. "The Laurel and Hardy film Stan & Ollie, also with Reilly, opened on five screens to 79,674 thousand dollars", and Destroyer, with Nicole Kidman, earned 58,472 thousand dollars from three locations. Annapurna's If Beale Street Could Talk earned US$759,579 when it added 60 locations. Barry Jenkins wrote and directed the film based on James Baldwin's book, and it's made $1.9 million in its platform release. Yorgos Lanthimos directed the Fox Searchlight film starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz.

It looks like Aquaman's reign at the box office isn't slowing down just yet.

Revenues in North America dropped 5.2 per cent compared to the same weekend in 2017, according to Comscore, though that's because a year ago benefited from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Even so, the domestic market is up nearly 7 percent from previous year and over 4 percent from 2016's record bounty.

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