BOX OFFICE: “Aquaman” swamps “Bumblebee,” “Mary Poppins” and all the the rest with a $68 million opening weekend

box2Reviews for Warners’ “Aquaman” were indifferent to OK, but the trailers and Jason Momoa TV appearances had this one pre-sold, and how.

A $27 million Friday points to a $68 million opening weekend, with that tally growing Monday and Tuesday, thanks to the Christmas holiday.

“Mary Poppins Returns” promises to have a long, lucrative run — Oscar buzz, etc. — so a $31 million (below projections) opening should not discourage the Mouse.

“Bumblebee” opening at $22? Despite ridiculously generous reviews (not mine)? That toy franchise is toast.

“Spider-Verse” has taken a steep dive on its second weekend and apparently isn’t handling the new competition well, or earning repeat business. Deadline is saying $17.9 million second weekend numbers, based on a $5 million Friday. We’ll see about that.

Jennifer Lopez has $7.1 million big screen fans buying their way into see what she wears in “Second Act.” 

“Welcome to Marwen” needed Oscar buzz to have a prayer, and it’s not good enough for that. A major Zemeckis flop, opening at $3 million. Wow.

“Mary Queen of Scots” opens wider this weekend, and is outrunning “The Favourite,” its period piece competition. For now.


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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