The holiday box office is packed with new released this week, each film hoping to come away with the Christmas crown. Moviegoers could choose between “Aquaman,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Bumblebee,” “Second Act,” and “Welcome to Marwen” this year, and a few of the films are already pulling ahead.
“Aquaman” swam ahead of the pack this weekend with a $67.4M opening across 4,125 locations. “Aquaman” was directed by James Wan, the film stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe.
“Mary Poppins Returns” opened a little early this week, bringing in $22.2M during the traditional weekend and $31M for the week. “Mary Poppins Returns” was directed by Rob Marshall, the film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, and Angela Lansbury.
Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee” took third-place overall with a $21M opening weekend across 3,550 locations. “Bumblebee” was directed by Travis Knight, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.
The new releases bumped “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” down to fourth-place on the domestic charts, but the film made another $16.7M this weekend. That raises Spider-Man’s two-week domestic total to just over $64.8M. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, the film features the voice talents of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, and Hailee Steinfeld.
Warner Bros. Pictures also took fifth-place, the studio’s Clint Eastwood drama “The Mule” made $9.9M this weekend. That raises the film’s two-week total to just over $35.6M domestically. “The Mule” was directed by Clint Eastwood; the film stars Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, and Michael Peña.
“Second Act” failed to debut in the top five this weekend, but the comedy made $6.5M across 2,607 locations. That was enough to land in seventh-place overall. “Second Act” was directed by Peter Segal, the film stars Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, Treat Williams, Milo Ventimiglia, and Charlyne Yi.
Universal Pictures’ drama “Welcome to Marwen” debuted in eighth-place on the charts, bringing in $2.3M across 1,911 locations. “Welcome to Marwen” was directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film stars Steve Carell.
These films will have two challengers next week — the buddy comedy “Holmes and Watson” and the drama “Vice,” which are both set to debut in theaters.