‘Aquaman’ Dominates Christmas Day Box Office

Variety | 12/27/2018 | Rebecca Rubin
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It was a very merry Christmas for “Aquaman.” Despite a competitive frame, the DC superhero dominated the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.’ latest comic book adventure generated $22 million on Tuesday for a five-day haul of $105 million. That’s one of the best Christmas Day haul’s sans “Avatar” or a “Star Wars” entry. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” still holds the distinction as best single day showing for the holiday, racking up $49 million in 2015. Directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, “Aquaman” has now grossed over $500 million worldwide.

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“Aquaman” easily placed No. 1 for the holiday, though the trident-welding hero faced formidable competition from Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” and Paramount’s “Bumblebee.”

Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda co-star in “Mary Poppins Returns,” which nabbed second place with $11.6 million. The sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic has now earned $50 million since it launched last Wednesday. The musical, which carries a $130 million production budget, is banking on a lengthy run in theaters to pull in the audience it needs to turn a profit.

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“Bumblebee,” the “Transformers” origin story with Hailee Steinfeld, landed at No. 3 with $8.9 million for a five-day total of $34.27 million.

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