News // WARNER BROS.'S 'AQUAMAN' WINS THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR

Vice follows suit as an awards season hopeful that doesn't land at the box office.



Though the year was a record-setter, the last weekend of 2018 was pretty standard. Winning its second week of release, Warner Bros.'s Aquaman (#1) earned an additional $51.55 million for a domestic total over $188 million.


Of the newer franchise of films based on DC Comics, Aquaman looks as if it will end as one of the most profitable.


Also in its second weekend, Mary Poppins Returns (#2) took in another $28 million, thanks to positive reviews and word-of-mouth.


Late in the season animated hit, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (#4) broke the $100 million threshold over the weekend and should become one o2018's highest grossing titles.


As for new releases, Annapurna's Vice (#6) opened Christmas Day and only earned $7.79 million over the weekend. With a flashy cast and a hefty marketing campaign, the Oscar hopeful failed to truly grab audiences. That fate has become the norm for awards hopefuls in the past few months, with films like First Man and Widows puttering out of the top ten pretty quickly.


There was one bright note, though. Vice's total cume is $17.7 million, making it Annapurna's highest grossing film.


Also debuting on Christmas Day, Sony's Holmes & Watson (#7) bombed with just $7.3 million and a D+ CinemaScore, which shows audiences hated it as much as critics.


In limited release, Focus Features' On the Basis of Sex (#22) earned $690,000 from 33 theaters, Sony Classics' Stan & Ollie (#28) earned $79,674 from 5 theaters, and Annapurna's Destroyer (#30) earned $58,472 from three theaters.


Leaving the Top Ten this week are major box office bomb Welcome the Marwen (#14) and costume drama Mary Queen of Scots (#11).


Next weekend kicks off 2019's box office year with the release of horror film, Escape Room.


TOP TEN: (bold signifies a new release)


1. AQUAMAN - $51.55 million

2. MARY POPPINS RETURNS - $28 million

3. BUMBLEBEE - $20.5 million

4. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - $18.315 million

5. THE MULE - $11.78 million

6. VICE - $7.79 million

7. HOLMES & WATSON - $7.3 million

8. SECOND ACT - $7.2 million

9. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET - $6.5 million

10. THE GRINCH - $4.2 million


All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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