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Saturday Update: Warner Bros. reports Aquaman added another $9.3 million on Friday, raising its domestic haul to $238.3 million after 15 days in release. A third domestic frame around $30 million appears likely at this point.


Perhaps even more impressively, the studio adds that the film added $12.4 million and became the highest grossing DC movie of all-time in the overseas market as it reached $649.3 million outside North America yesterday. That tops The Dark Knight Rises ($636.8 million) — with a number of asterisks — and raises Aquaman‘s global haul to an excellent $887.6 million (including $279.4 million from China).


Back on the domestic front, Sony’s Escape Room is somewhat over-performing as it posted $7.7 million on opening day. That includes Thursday’s $2.345 million start from shows beginning at 4pm, which will likely skew weekend projections at this stage. Either way, this is a great start for the low-budget thriller. Sony expects around $16 million for the weekend.


Mary Poppins Returns took third place with $5.07 million and an updated $128.03 million domestic cume, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ranked fourth with $4.055 million and an updated $124.9 million haul, and Bumblebee capped the top five with $3.94 million / $88.3 million domestic total.


Just outside the top five, The Mule continues to hold very well as it added $2.86 million and now stands at $74.9 million.


Expanding from 65 to 335 locations yesterday, award season contender If Beale Street Could Talk earned $604K and now stands at $3.2 million.


Early weekend estimates are below with studio updates to follow on Sunday.


Early Weekend Estimates (Domestic)

FRI, JAN. 4 – SUN, JAN. 6


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Aquaman
$30,000,000
-42%
4,184
59
$7,170
$259,020,880
4
Warner Bros.


2
Mary Poppins Returns
$17,000,000
-40%
4,090
0
$4,156
$139,956,305
3
Disney


3
Escape Room
$16,000,000

2,717

$5,889
$16,000,000
1
Sony Pictures


4
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
$12,900,000
-31%
3,419
-394
$3,773
$133,751,346
4
Sony / Columbia


5
Bumblebee
$12,800,000
-39%
3,597
47
$3,559
$97,153,140
3
Paramount Pictures


6
The Mule
$8,800,000
-28%
3,212
425
$2,740
$80,868,110
4
Warner Bros.


7
Vice
$5,500,000
-29%
2,534
92
$2,170
$29,492,988
2
Annapurna


8
Ralph Breaks the Internet
$4,800,000
-29%
2,050
-293
$2,341
$187,279,171
7
Disney


9
Second Act
$4,800,000
-35%
2,523
-84
$1,902
$32,837,075
4
STX Entertainment


10
Holmes and Watson
$3,400,000
-54%
2,780
4
$1,223
$28,410,922
3
Sony Pictures


11
Bohemian Rhapsody
$2,300,000
-2%
1,080
199
$2,130
$193,576,825
10
20th Century Fox


12
Mary Queen of Scots
$2,200,000
-19%
1,052
211
$2,091
$13,478,025
5
Focus Features


13
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
$1,300,000
-68%
1,622
-933
$801
$269,753,735
9
Universal





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
If Beale Street Could Talk
$2,000,000
161%
335
270
$5,970
$4,565,864
4
Annapurna


2
The Favourite
$1,900,000
-22%
771
-39
$2,464
$19,294,336
7
Fox Searchlight


3
Green Book
$1,700,000
-10%
566
-55
$3,004
$35,123,256
8
Universal Pictures


4
On The Basis Of Sex
$1,700,000
148%
112
79
$15,179
$3,798,395
2
Focus Features


5
Creed II
$960,000
-39%
893
-175
$1,075
$114,333,952
7
MGM / Warner Bros


6
Robin Hood
$770,000
591%
139
-50
$5,540
$31,493,508
7
Lionsgate / Summit


7
Instant Family
$720,000
-25%
604
-140
$1,192
$66,230,028
8
Paramount Pictures


8
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
$680,000
-31%
401
-114
$1,696
$158,088,573
8
Warner Bros.


9
A Star is Born
$610,000
24%
268
32
$2,276
$202,085,867
14
Warner Bros.


10
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
$105,000
-41%
172
-46
$610
$54,799,921
10
Walt Disney Pictures





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Destroyer
$110,000
99%
6
3
$18,333
$259,786
2
Annapurna Pictures



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Friday Report: Sony’s Escape Room got off to a strong debut as the first domestic release of 2019, earning $2.345 million yesterday. Comparisons are limited, however, since the film debuted earlier than normal — at 4pm — in an estimated 2,386 locations. The most recent comparison is last January’s Insidious: The Last Key, which opened to $1.98 million from Thursday shows beginning later in the evening (and one extra day removed from holiday vacation time).


The studio still projects around $10 million for the weekend, although that appears to be conservative at this point. Despite the early start and what is effectively three-fourths of a full opening day’s worth of showtimes yesterday, a weekend tally around or north of mid-teen millions is increasingly likely.


More updates to follow throughout the weekend.


The post Weekend Estimates: ‘Aquaman’ Pacing for Another $30M, Becomes Top DC Overseas Earner; ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Eyes $17M; ‘Escape Room’ Scores Strong $16M Debut appeared first on BoxOffice Pro.




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