Mary Poppins Returns and BUmblebee kick off strongly.
With Christmas on a Tuesday, the week and weekend before delivered the last minute studio mega-pics to tackle the families of audiences expected to shuffle to the cinema for the season. Warner Bros. released Aquaman (#1), the latest DC Extended Universe titl. Disney delivered its Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns (#2). And, Paramount unleashed Bumblebee (#3), the first Transformers film to earn positive critical acclaim.
Out of the three, Aquaman opened on top, with $67.4 million for the three-day weekend. With that number, the superhero flick should cross $100 million by the end of the Christmas holiday.
Disney's Mary Poppins Returns followed Aquaman with $22.2 million over the three days. The musical picture, starring Emily Blunt, opened on Wednesday, bringing its 5-day total to $31 million.
Bumblebee had the toughest time getting started of the three, as it is part of a notoriously critically panned franchise. Hailee Steinfeld stars in the sixth Transformers flick, which earned $21 million over the three-day weekend.
As for holdovers, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (#4) stayed in the Top Five, earning another $16.7 million in its second week. It's now earned just under $65 million. Clint Eastwood's The Mule (#5) brought in another $9.95 million. And, The Grinch (#6) earned $8.18 million.
Welcome to Marwen (#9) opened wide, like Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns, and Bumblebee, but failed to find an audience. With poor critics reviews to boot, the Robert Zemeckis picture earned just $2.35 million.
In limited release, Mary Queen of Scots (#10) earned just behind Welcome to marwen, despite being on a fraction of the same screens. The Favourite (#11) expanded its release, continuing to earn impressive numbers. And, Amazon's Cold War (#26) opened stateside in three locations, earning $55,727.
Leaving the Top Ten this week were Mortal Engines (#13) and Creed II (#14). Bohemian Rhapsody (#12) left the Top Ten for the first time in its run. And, Green Book (#15), Instant Family (#18), and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (#16) finally eked out of the top of the charts.
Next week, Holmes and Watson and Vice will open on Christmas Day against Destroyer and On the Basis of Sex in limited release.
TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)
1. AQUAMAN - $67.4 million
2. MARY POPPINS RETURNS - $22.2 million
3. BUMBLEBEE - $21 million
4. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - $16.7 million
5. THE MULE - $9.95 million
6. THE GRINCH - $8.18 million
7. SECOND ACT - $6.5 million
8. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - $4.59 million
9. WELCOME THE MARWEN - $2.35 million
10. MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS - $2.24 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.