Aquaman Dominates Box-Office for Third Week, Nearing $1 Billion

Jason Momoa’ Aquaman dominated box office charts for the third straight weekend, retaining its No. 1 spot, with a solid $30 million for a domestic haul of $259 million.

The DC superhero adventure directed by James Wan has now crossed $940 million worldwide, making it Warner biggest comic-book title since The Dark Knight Rises amassed over $1 billion globally in 2012.

If Aquaman continues at this pace, its hero Arthur Curry could give Batman a run for his money.

Aquaman generated another $56.2 million in foreign markets this weekend, bringing its international total to $681 million.

The blockbuster is DC’s highest-grossing title overseas, surpassing the record previously set by The Dark Knight Rises with $636 million.

Aquaman didn’t have much competition to maintain its reign in North America. The only newcomer was Sony and Columbia Pictures’ Escape Room, a psychological thriller about a group of strangers who get trapped in a deadly escape room. The PG-13 horror film secured second place with $18 million when it debuted in 2,700 locations. That’s a strong start considering the film only cost $9 million to produce.

Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 classic, has earned $138 million at the domestic box office. The movie starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda has been a slow burn in theaters, which is to be expected for a movie-musical. It has collected $119 million internationally and over $250 million globally, though it will need to keep chugging a long at multiplexes to justify its $130 million price tag.

Paramount’s Bumblebee and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are in a close race for fourth and fifth place. Both titles pulled in roughly $13 million over the three-day frame, so we won’t be able to officially tell until final numbers come in on Monday.

Hailee Steinfeld stars in Bumblebee, the Transformers origin story that has made $97 million since debuting just before Christmas.

The domestic haul of “Spider-Verse,” an animated flick from Sony’s arsenal of Marvel characters, currently sits at a robust $133.8 million.

With the Golden Globes on Sunday, Annapurna’s Vice could get a box office boost if Adam McKay’s scathing Dick Cheney biopic is able to walk away with some trophies. The political movie has seriously divided critics, but the Hollywood Foreign Press handed it a leading six nominations.  The $60 million film earned $5.8 million this weekend, taking its domestic tally to $29.7 million.

Sony’s Holmes & Watson struggles–badly. Despite featuring the comedic duo of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, the movie made $3.4 million over the three-day stretch for a tepid North American total of $28.4 million.

Overseas, the buddy comedy based on the famed detective and his trustee sidekick has made a dismal $7 million, bringing its worldwide bounty to $35 million.

It received bad reviews (8% average on Rotten Tomatoes) and will never recoup its $40 million budget.

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