News // 'AQUAMAN' WINS THE FIRST WEEKEND OF 2019; APPROACHES $1 BILLION WORLDWIDE

Escape Room has solid first weekend debut.



Warner Bros.'s Aquaman (#1) started 2019 with the first win of the year. In its third weekend at the box office, the superhero flick earned an additional $30.7 million. That number, plus its massive international numbers, puts it at almost $1 billion worldwide.


Sony's Escape Room (#2) served as the first wide release of the year. The horror/thriller opened to $18 million, a solid number for a January release.


Box office holdovers include Mary Poppins Returns (#3) with $15.77 million and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (#4) with an additional $13 million.


Though it's outside of the Top Five, Clint Eastwood's The Mule (#5) has been smuldering since its release in late November. The film has been building steadily to over $81 million.


In limited release, If Beale Street Could Talk (#14) expanded to its widest release as of yet (335 theaters), bringing with it a 141% increase. It will continue expanding as awards season carries on, though its absence in many major awards lists means the platform release option may not have been the best for this Annapurna release. On the Basis of Sex (#16) also expanded, adding 79 locations . It will expand to over 2,000 theaters this next weekend.


Leaving the Top Ten for the first time since it released in November, The Grinch (#17) ends its box office run with over $269 million, domestically.


Next weekend, A Dog's Way Home hopes to win over the family crowd while Replicas hopes to win over the older, thrill-seeking crowd. Both films are expected to lose out in the critics space, with neither opting for critics early screenings at this point. Also, long-awaited The Upside (a film caught up in the Weinstein disaster in late 2017) will finally release. Starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, Hart's latest scandals may keep audiences away.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. AQUAMAN - $30.7 million

2. ESCAPE ROOM - $18 million

3. MARY POPPINS RETURNS - $15.77 million

4. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - $13 million

5. BUMBLEBEE - $12.77 million

6. THE MULE - $9 million

7. VICE - $5.8 million

8. SECOND ACT - $4.9 million

9. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - $4.6 million

10. HOLMES & WATSON - $3.4 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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