‘The Upside’ Opens to No. 1 While ‘Aquaman’ Tops $1 Billion at the Worldwide BO!!!
Outperforming expectations, STXFilms‘s The Upside debuted atop the weekend box office, upsetting Aquaman’s bid for a fourth straight weekend at #1. That said, Aquaman isn’t exactly focused on its runner-up position domestically as the film is now the first in the DC Extended Universe to top $1 billion at the global box office. As for the rest of the week’s new wide releases, Sony‘s A Dog’s Way Home delivered on studio expectations while Entertainment Studios‘s sci-fi thriller Replicas failed to place within the weekend top ten.
With an estimated $19.59 million, STXFilms‘s The Upside topped the weekend box office, dramatically outperforming expectations heading into the weekend. The remake of the popular French film The Intouchables, The Upside stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, and while the reviews were mixed heading into the weekend, opening day audiences seemed to enjoy themselves, giving the film an “A” CinemaScore, which bodes well for the film’s future.
The Upside‘s opening audience was 59% female with 74% of the overall audience coming in aged 25 years or older. The film was originally rated R, but upon acquiring the the film following the Weinstein Co.‘s bankruptcy settlement, STX and Lantern Entertainment worked with director Neil Burger and the film’s producers to recut the movie to a PG-13, making it more accessible to a broader audience. The move paid off and gave STX its first #1 debut ever.
In second is Aquaman, which may have relinquished the #1 slot at the weekend box office to begin its fourth week in release, but Warner Bros. is unlikely to be too upset as the film added an estimated $17.26 million domestically and another $27.9 million internationally for a global cume that now stands at $1.02 billion. Domestically the film has grossed $287.8 million while China remains its top foreign market with $287.3 million. The film will open in Japan, the last market where the film has yet to debut, on February 8. Aquaman is the first film in the DC Extended Universe to top $1 billion globally and it ranks as the second largest among DC Comics adaptations behind only The Dark Knight Rises ($1.0849 billion).
Sony began its domination of the third, fourth and fifth spots at the weekend box office with the debut of its family feature, A Dog’s Way Home, which opened with an estimated $11.3 million from 3,090 locations. The adaptation of the W. Bruce Cameron novel received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences, which were 52% female with 51% of the audience coming in aged 25 years or older.
Sony Animation‘s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is fresh of its win at the Golden Globes last weekend and continued its excellent box office run with an estimated $9 million this weekend, dropping just 31% as it begins its fifth week in release. The film’s domestic cume now stands at $147.7 million as it will soon top the animation house’s Hotel Transylvania and become SPA‘s third highest grossing domestic release of all-time. Spider-Verse also added another $9.4 million internationally this weekend for a global cume that now tops $300 million.
Rounding out the top five is Sony‘s Escape Room, which had an excellent opening last weekend and followed that up with an estimated $8.9 million this weekend, bringing the $9 million production’s domestic cume to $32.4 million after just ten days in release.
Outside the top five, in eighth position, we find the expansion of Focus Features‘s On the Basis of Sex, which brought in an estimated $6.2 million from 1,923 locations (+1,811). The film received an “A” CinemaScore from audiences this weekend and has a domestic cume that now totals $10.55 million.
Also expanding this weekend, Annapurna‘s If Beale Street Could Talk hasn’t quite caught on as many may have expected earlier in the year as the film brought in an estimated $2.38 million from 1,018 locations (+683). The film’s domestic cume now stands at $7.68 million as it begins its fifth week in release.
One notch further down the list we come to Entertainment Studios‘s Replicas, a sci-fi thriller that was pretty much destroyed by critics and audiences didn’t seem to care for the Keanu Reeves starrer either, giving it a “C” CinemaScore. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise it debuted with just $2.5 million this weekend from 2,329 locations for a $1,073 per theater average. The performance ranks as one of the worst all-time among films debuting in over 2,000 theaters.
In limited release, Lionsgate‘s release of Pantelion‘s Perfect Strangers brought in an estimated $425,000 from 132 locations ($3,220 PTA) and Cohen Media‘s The Aspern Papers grossed $9,277 from ten locations ($928 PTA).
Next weekend Universal will debut M. Night Shyamalan‘s Glass, the sequel to the director’s 2000 film Unbreakable as well as 2017’s surprise hit Split. The film will open in approximately 3,500 locations.
via Box Office Mojo
|A Dog’s Way Home||$11.3M||$11.3M||1||
|Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||$9.0M||$147.8M||5||
|Mary Poppins Returns||$7.2M||$150.7M||4||
|On the Basis of Sex||$6.2M||$10.6M||3||
‘The Grinch’ Tops ‘Home Alone’ as the Highest-Grossing Christmas Movie of All Time!!!
It’s taken 28 years, but the Macaulay Culkin-headlined Christmas classic Home Alone has finally been dethroned as the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time by Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s Dr. Seuss adaptation The Grinch.
The animated movie has grossed $500.6 million at the worldwide box office, which – not accounting for inflation – puts it ahead of Home Alone’s $476.7 million global tally.
Home Alone still retains the domestic crown however, having banked $285.8 million in North America during its original run, compared to The Grinch’s $269.8 million (for comparison, the 2000 live-action adaptation How the Grinch Stole Christmas earned $260 million domestically, with a worldwide total of $345.1 million).
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbours in Who-ville when he runs out of food.
Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh.
Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheming threatens to collide with the Grinch’s more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all?
via Flickering Myth
‘Aquaman’ Tops ‘Batman v Superman’ To Become DCEU’s Highest-Grossing Film!!
After blowing the competition out of the water over the holiday period, Aquaman has now set a new milestone at the box office, overtaking 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to become the highest-grossing installment in the DC Extended Universe.
The Jason Momoa-headlined solo movie has taken its global haul to $887 million, surpassing the $873 million worldwide take of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman now sits in third place on $821.8 million, followed by Suicide Squad ($746.8 million), Man of Steel ($668 million) and Justice League ($657.9 million).
A billion dollar take for Aquaman is all but assured, and the underwater superhero epic may well go on to top Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight ($1.003 billion) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1.085 billion) to become the biggest DC movie of all time.
Given the difficulties the DCEU has faced, Warner Bros. is sure to be ecstatic with Aquaman’s performance, and it may well encourage the studio to give the green light to some of the many, many DC projects in various stages of development.
Next up for the DCEU is Shazam! in April 2019, followed by Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) in February 2020 and Wonder Woman 1984 in June 2020. Meanwhile, DC Films also has its standalone Joker movie incoming in October 2019.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”
Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Ludi Lin as Murk, Michael Beach as Jesse Kane, Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Otis Dhanji as a young Arthur Curry, Julie Andrews as Karathen and Graham McTavish as King Atlan.
via Flickering Myth
‘Aquaman’ Crosses $200 Million at the Domestic BO!!!
Warner Bros.’ DC movie Aquaman crossed the $200 million domestic mark on New Year’s Day, solidifying the film’s status as a bona fide hit. Many were skeptical that the film could fare as well as it did during the holiday corridor—myself included—but Aquaman has proved to be the big hit of the season, overshadowing more family friendly fare like Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee.
Aquaman finished Tuesday with a domestic total of $216.3 million, which puts it on track to easily surpass the lifetime domestic total of Justice League, which stands at $229 million. Worldwide, Aquaman has already hit nearly $800 million, swimming past the worldwide totals of Justice League ($657.9 million), Man of Steel ($668 million), and Suicide Squad ($746.8 million).
Elsewhere at the New Year’s box office, Mary Poppins Returns has hit $115 million domestic, which is solid but a far cry from the mega-sized hit Disney was anticipating. The film could still have strong legs and climb to big heights in the weeks to come a la The Greatest Showman, but most pegged the Mary Poppins sequel as the hit film of the holiday season. Instead, folks headed for Aquaman or stayed home and watched Bird Box.
The news is even worse for Bumblebee. The Transformers spinoff’s domestic total now stands at just $78.5 million after picking up another $7 million on New Year’s Day. While that’s not disastrous, it’s surely nowhere near what Paramount was hoping for a film that was intended to reorient the Transformers franchise going forward. Then again, after five films of Michael Bay smashing metal together in indistinguishable images and sounds, it’s tough to ask the audience to trust that the Travis Knight-directed film will be different. The film scored solid reviews so perhaps this is one folks will catch up on later in the year.
Circling back to Aquaman, the film is currently on track to become the highest grossing DCEU film ever worldwide, as it’s poised to easily surpass the grosses of Wonder Woman ($821 million) and Batman v Superman ($873 million) in due time. Domestically, however, it’s got a ways to go to catch up. For reference, here’s the domestic totals of every DCEU film—i.e. interconnected DC movies starting with Man of Steel—thus far.
1. Wonder Woman – $412,563,408
2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – #330,360,194
3. Suicide Squad – $325,100,054
4. Man of Steel – $291,045,518
‘Aquaman’ Heads for $900M-Plus Win for DC at the BO!!!
James Wan‘s Aquaman more than conquered the Christmas box office swim meet.
The superhero tentpole finished Sunday with a shimmery global total of $751.8 million, guaranteeing that Aquaman will fly past $900 million by the end of its run and become the biggest Warner Bros./DC title since Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises earned $1.09 billion in 2012, not adjusted for inflation.
In the intervening years, DC and Warners have struggled to compete with Marvel‘s booming cinematic universe, both creatively and at the box office.
The sole exception was Patty Jenkins‘ Wonder Woman, which earned the adoration of fans and critics alike on its way to $821.8 million worldwide in 2016. Otherwise, the post-Nolan era at DC has lagged in terms of both meeting expectations and keeping up with Marvel.
Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa in the titular role, has already surpassed the entire lifetime gross of fellow DC pics Man of Steel ($668 million), Justice League ($657.9 million) and Suicide Squad ($746.8 million), and will soon overtake both Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million), not adjusted for inflation.
The event film co-stars Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson and Dolph Lundgren.
Domestically, Aquaman has grossed $188.8 million in its first 10 days.
Overseas, it has earned $560 million to date, the best showing ever for any DC superhero pic, including Dark Knight Rises. The film’s foreign tally includes a mighty $260 million from China alone (it opened in the Middle Kingdom three weeks ago).
In North America, exit polls show that Aquaman is succeeding in playing to both males and females of all ages. On its first weekend, 60 percent of moviegoers were male; that percentage dropped to 56 percent this past weekend, according to Comscore‘s PostTrak. It is also playing to an ethnically diverse audience, as well as to families; 32 percent of ticket buyers turning out on the second weekend were parents and kids.
Aquaman easily beat fellow Christmas competitors Mary Poppins Returns and Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.
There’s an outside chance that Aquaman could clear $1 billion globally, a feat only eight superhero films have accomplished. Six are from Marvel and the other two are The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
via The Hollywood Reporter