The new underwater-based superhero film “Aquaman” rode a wave ahead of Christmas of moviegoers still eager to see the latest comic book characters emerge on the big screen. The movie was the No. 1 film overall in terms of box office revenue, defeating the likes of Mary Poppins and the Transformers prequel.
According to EW’s report, the new DC Comics-based film was on track to take in $67.4 million thanks to showing at 4,125 theaters from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada. The movie cost about $200 million to make and brings actor Jason Mamoa back as the title character, after previous appearances in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.”
The Box Office Mojo website reported that “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” were the runner-up films at theaters. The “Mary Poppins” sequel starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manel Miranda took in an estimated $22.2 million for the second-place spot. “Bumblebee” was third overall. The Transformers prequel movie has received mostly positive reviews and earned $21.61 million with 3,550 theaters showing it.
To round out the top five were “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” and “The Mule.” The new animated Spider-Man film earned about $16.7 million while the new Clint Eastwood drama movie took $9.727, per Box Office Mojo estimates.
According to Forbes.com, with its robust earnings so far, “Aquaman” finds itself among the top 10 for films that opened in the month of December. It is just behind “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” on the list. That part of the J.R. Tolkien trilogy earned $72,629,713 during its December open. Leading all films is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $247,966,675 back in 2015.
The success of the superhero film seems to bode well for an “Aquaman” sequel, as well as other upcoming superhero films. They’ll include another DC-based character with “Shazam” as well as Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019. DC will also bring a sequel for their successful film “Wonder Woman” in the year 2020.