This past weekend saw only one film released in the form of Escape Room.
In first place, we got Aquaman, still going strong after a few weekends at the box office. This weekend, it took in a solid $30.7 million, only dropping 41.7% from its second weekend. While the movie’s opening wasn’t really much to speak of, its solid word of mouth really seems to be doing a lot of good for it. Additionally, with this film becoming the highest grosser in the DC Extended Universe (sitting at $940 million worldwide) and heading towards breaking $1 billion, it’s possible all that buzz is getting some U.S. audiences wondering what all the fuss is about. Regardless, this is a runaway success for Warner Bros. and proves just how lucrative the overseas markets can be when targeted well.
In second place, we have Escape Room, taking in $18.0 million in its opening weekend. Given the movie’s $9 million budget, this is already quite the success. Of course, with its high concept premise (one that really speaks to a world that’s having fun with real escape rooms), this isn’t exactly a surprise. It’s the kind of film that would have been right at home at Blumhouse, and there’s a reason why they’ve been so successful. But was the film any good? Well, it has a CinemaScore of a B and critical rating of 54%, so…it’s aight. The rating is nothing to write home about, and generally speaking, if you’re under a B+ CinemaScore, chances are you missed some opportunity, as audiences seem to be a bit lukewarm on the whole thing. On the whole, it’s not a runaway hit, but the successive weeks will show us whether or not that CinemaScore really reflects a lukewarm audience.
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In third place, we have Mary Poppins Returns, taking in $15.8 million in its third weekend. It’s honestly a film that’s had a bit of a surprising performance. It really undershot expectations with its $23.5 million opening on the 21st of December, but quickly surprised the following weekend with an uptick in sales, which isn’t very common. In this third weekend, it only dropped 44.4%, perhaps indicating a good word of mouth. Thus far, the flick has made $257.9 million worldwide. Based on its $130 million budget, that’s not bad, but it still has some work to do in order to be a success, I think. At least it’s not as much of a disaster as The Nutcracker or A Wrinkle in Time and will likely turn a profit if this performance continues (if it hasn’t already).
The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 6, are below:
Aquaman – Warner Bros. – $30.7M
Escape Room (2019) – Sony – $18.0M
Mary Poppins Returns – Disney – $15.8M
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Sony – $13.0M
Bumblebee – Paramount – $12.8M
Mule, The – Warner Bros. – $9.0M
Vice – Annapurna Pictures – $5.8M
Second Act – STX Entertainment – $4.9M
Ralph Breaks the Internet – Disney – $4.7M
Holmes and Watson – Sony – $3.4M
The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 6, are below:
Bumblebee – Paramount Pictures – $95.5M
Aquaman – Warner Bros. – $86.9M
Mary Poppins Returns – Disney – $38.8M
Ralph Breaks the Internet – Disney – $29.7M
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Sony – $24.7M
Bohemian Rhapsody – 20th Century Fox – $19.3M
Kill Mobile – Multiple – $12.5M
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Universal – $12.3M
Mule, The – Warner Bros. – $9.0M
T-34 – Multiple – $8.5M
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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo