Box Office Wrap Up: Aquaman Edges Escape Room for Threepeat.
Aquaman brightens DC’s day by retaining first place while Escape Room exceeded expectations at the box office.
Things seem to be turning in a positive direction for the DCEU. Aquaman remains at first place for the third week in a row, pulling even with Wonder Woman for domestic earnings in their first three weeks. The film is also closing in on 1 billion dollars worldwide, which would make it the first DCEU film to reach that milestone. Holdovers did well this week and the new arrival, Escape Room, put up strong numbers as well. January has continued to be a good month for small budget horror flicks.
This Week in Box Office History.
The first full weekend in 2019 was a bit down to start the year. The box office fell 27% from last week and 17% from last year. The overall take of 136 million is the second lowest of the decade, showing how much the holiday box office relies on a big blockbuster to keep the momentum up. Previous years relied on Star Wars, Frozen, and Avatar to post big numbers into the new year. While Aquaman has been a success, it’s not making those kind of numbers.
Top Film Last Year: Jumanji.
Top Film Last Decade: Marley and Me.
Top Three Films.
Aquaman continued to rule the box office, putting up 30 million dollars in its third trip to first place. After last week’s surge, it actually added screens and looks to reliably repeat next weekend. If that happens, it will be the first DCEU film to remain in first for 4 consecutive weeks. Among its other feats of strength, the film has taken in 259 million domestically, nearly identical to where Wonder Woman was at this time in her run, and it is resting at 940 million dollars worldwide. That is the highest global take for any DCEU film, and it is virtually assured to break 1 billion.
Escape Room puzzled out a second place finish, doubling its budget with a 18 million dollar debut. It’s a solid start for the would-be franchise, as fellow trap genre film SAW also debuted with 18 million dollars back in 2004. Director Adam Robitel scores another January win with a horror franchise, having taken another lucrative second place finish last year with Insidious: The Last Key.
Third place saw another holdover cross an important threshold. Mary Poppins Returns added 15 million dollars to clear the 130 million dollar mark, thereby surpassing its budget with domestic earnings. With global ticket sales, it has neatly doubled that figure.
There were no other wide release films this week, so the top ten remained largely unchanged. Of note, several Golden Globe winners had fallen out of the top ten. With big wins for Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and The Favourite, it will be interesting to see if they bounce back into the list next week.
Top Ten Films.
1. Aquaman (30.7)
2. Escape Room (18.0)
3. Mary Poppins Returns (15.7)
4. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (13.0)
5. Bumblebee (12.7)
6. The Mule (9.0)
7. Vice (5.8)
8. Second Act (4.9)
9. Ralph Breaks the Internet (4.6)
10. Holmes and Watson (3.4)