NEW YORK (AP) — In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” swam ahead of “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend.
Without a “Star Wars” film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theaters.
The DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman” arrived already a juggernaut overseas, where it’s grossed more than $400 million. Including advance previews, “Aquaman” reeled in $72.1 million in U.S. and Canada theaters.
Returns were more modest for Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel and Paramount’s “Transformers” spinoff.
“Mary Poppins Returns” debuted with $22.2 million over the weekend, $31 million since opening Wednesday. “Bumblebee” opened with $21 million.
BUMBLEBEE, the first Transformers film to earn a fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating (94%), earns less than half what the worst-reviewed Transformers film earned its opening weekend. (TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT: 15% RT, $44.7m) https://t.co/fEp2zUwxru
— Kevin Slane (@kslane) December 23, 2018