Box Office – Aquaman Is No. 1 With $72 Million Debut
Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the King of the Seven Seas — and now the box office. The DC adventure dominated in North America with a splashy $72 million debut, including previews, according to a report by Rebecca Rubin of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Not including early showings, Aquaman generated $67 million from 4,125 locations during its first three days of release. That’s a hefty start during a month that, aside from Star Wars movies, tends to field smaller opening weekends that pick up steam as audiences have time off from work and school between Christmas and New Year’s. As expected, Aquaman easily fended off fellow newcomers Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee. Those two titles were in a close race for No. 2, though Sunday estimates show Mary Poppins Returns narrowly defeating Bumblebee.
James Wan directed Aquaman, which has already amassed $410 million overseas for a global total of $482.8 million. Over half of U.S. audiences were male, while 60% of crowds were under 35 years old. Imax screens accounted for $9.9 million of domestic ticket sales. Superhero fans were much more receptive to Aquaman than previous DC titles, branding this entry with an A- CinemaScore. This movie cost a hefty $200 million to produce and is Warner Bros.’ first DC stand-alone adventure since Wonder Woman, which opened in 2017 to a massive $103 million.
Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein admits the studio’s DC Universe has stumbled in the past, but he’s confident Aquaman can steer the comic-book empire into clearer waters.