James Wan may have had words to say about the Oscars final round snub of “Aquaman” for the visual effects award, but he’s laughing all the way to the bank as the DC Comics film is once again set to rule the North American box office for the third weekend in a row.
The film is set to pull in a further $25 million in its third frame, a decline of only about 52% this weekend. It has hit a $846 million worldwide total so far with $222 million of that from its first two weeks of domestic release. Thanks in part to its success, Warner Bros. Pictures had its biggest year to date at the worldwide box office with $5.6 billion in ticket sales.
It also comes ahead of “Mary Poppins Returns” which is expected to land in second with $20 million, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” in fourth with $13 million and “Bumblebee” in fifth with $11 million.
The real surprise though is the cheap Sony thriller “Escape Room” which is coming in above expectations at about $15 million in third place. The only wide opener in the first weekend of the year, the film centers on six strangers in immersive rooms that turn out to be deadly traps. Made for just $9 million, it’s headed for a quick profit.
Check out a quick tribute below to the success of “Aquaman” by fellow DCEU star Henry Cavill the other day.
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Channeling the man of the hour, the man of big hugs, big laughs and big pints of Guinness, my man Jason Momoa. How'd I do? Seriously though, I just finally got the chance to watch Aquaman here in Hungary. Jason, James and everyone involved in that movie, smashes it out of the (water)park. If you haven't seen it yet, go check it out. Jason, love you bro, you crushed it. @PrideOfGypsies @CreepyPuppet #Aquaman