Weekend Box Office: 'Aquaman' Crosses $900M; 'Escape Room' Scaring Up $17M
'Aquaman' has passed up 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' to become the top-grossing title in the DC Extended Universe.
Warner Bros.' Aquaman continues to make a big splash at the global box office, where it crossed the $900 million mark on Saturday to become the biggest DC superhero pic since The Dark Knight Rises in 2012 and the biggest title in the DC Extended Universe.
With no new major studio releases, the superhero pic continues to top the chart in its third weekend. In North America, Aquaman earned $9.3 million on Friday for a projected Friday-Sunday gross of $30 million-plus. Overseas, the tentpole finished the day with a cume of $649.3 million, pushing its global haul to $887.6 million, including $238.3 million domestically.
Aquaman is now certain to earn $1 billion or more by the end of its run. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises topped out at $1.084 billion, not adjusted for inflation. Aquaman has already passed up that film's foreign cume of $636.8 million to become the biggest DC title of all time internationally.
On Friday, Aquaman passed up Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) to become the most successful title in the DC Extended Universe, which commenced after The Dark Knight trilogy ended.
The only new nationwide offering this weekend is Sony's PG-13 thriller Escape Room. The film, costing a modest $9 million to produce, is exceeding expectations with a Friday gross of $7.7 million, including $2.3 million in Thursday previews, for a revised domestic debut of $17.5 million.
If those estimates hold, Escape Room will beat Mary Poppins Returns to come in second (Sony is being more cautious in suggesting $16 million for the weekend). Directed by Adam Robitel, Escape Room, earning a B CinemaScore, follows six strangers who find themselves in immersive escape rooms containing deadly traps.
Disney's Mary Poppins sequel grossed $5.1 million on Friday for a projected weekend tally of $16.8 million-$17 million. The Rob Marshall-directed musical should finish the weekend with a domestic total of $140 million and global cume well north of $200 million.
Paramount's Bumblebee and Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are in a close race for No. 4 with around $13.5 million each.
Clint Eastwood's The Mule is eyeing a sixth-place finish, followed by Annapurna's Vice.
Directed by Adam McKay, Vice stars Christian Bale as former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney. The pic is projected to gross $5.6 million for the weekend, putting its domestic total at $29.6 million.
Mary Poppins Returns and Vice are among the movies vying for top awards during Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony. Winners that are still in the heart of their runs should see a box office boost.
Jan. 5, 7:45 a.m. Updated with Friday grosses and revised weekend estimates.