BOX OFFICE: “Aquaman” rolls like the tide, “Mary Poppins” and “Mule” find their legs

boxWarner Brothers is awash in cash this last weekend of 2018, as “Aquaman,” its latest DC comics blockbuster, tallies another $50 million+ and closes in on $200 since release ($188-190s by New Year’s).

That’s on a par with WB’s “Wonder Woman,” and we all know how that turned out.

Jason Momoa’s TV and B-movie days are behind him. For good.

“Vice” is in wide release, and if the Oscar buzz is fading a bit (not for Bale, Adams), it looks to stay in the top ten until the New Year is well under way. Over $8 million this weekend for Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney take-down.

“On the Basis of Sex” is only on 33 screens, and a little Oscar bump could help that Ruth Bader Ginsburg bio-pic crack the top ten in wider release.

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As things stand now, “Mary Queen of Scots” is besting “The Favourite” among the Brit period pieces competing for the prestige picture box office.

“Spider-Verse” will have cleared $100 million by New Year’s. I’m also intrigued to see Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” sticking around. No awards buzz around it, Clint’s audience is quite old at this point and slow to get out to see his latest, but the cute but dark departure for the Grand Old Man of Cinema is passing $60 million this weekend.

“Bumblebee” isn’t fading as fast as its weak opening would have suggested. But “Mary Poppins Returns” is doing what good musicals do — adding audience and gaining steam. It will have cleared $102 million on its second weekend, with six to eight weeks of momentum ahead of it.

 

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