'Aquaman' stays afloat atop North American box office

Box office ‘Aquaman’ keeps the box office crown as ‘Mary Poppins Returns' sings to No. 2

Box office ‘Aquaman’ keeps the box office crown as ‘Mary Poppins Returns' sings to No. 2

Disney's Mary Poppins Returns actually gained altitude in its second weekend, taking in $28 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period, up 18 percent.

Focus Features' Mary Queen of Scots also saw an increase in ticket sales with US$2.6 million from 841 theaters in its fourth outing for a North American haul of US$9 million. Also worth noting is the fact that apparently the first-weekend box office numbers included the advance-screening numbers. which could possibly mean that the film made more money this weekend than last.

Rounding out the top five are Paramount's Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, with an estimated $20.5 million; Sony's animated adventure Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, with an estimated $18.3 million; and Warner Bros'. drug drama The Mule, with an estimated $11.8 million. But the biggest bump of all came for Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet, which was up almost 40 per cent in its sixth weekend in theatres, with 6.5 million dollars.

Fifth place went to Warner Bros.' "The Mule" with $11.7 million from 2,787 theaters for a domestic tally of $60 million.

"There is a bit of a lull on the weekend leading into Christmas". "But the weekend after, most of these films in the top 10 got a bounce". The former, Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic, generated US$7.8 million for a domestic haul of US$17.7 million. "This is required viewing for anyone studying the awards season race".

The latter, Holmes and Watson, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, brought in US$7.3 million during the three-day stretch and US$19.8 million since Tuesday.

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And in limited release, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg film On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones grossed 690,000 dollars from 33 locations, for a total of 1.5 million dollars since its debut.

Elsewhere, Sony Pictures Classics' Stan and Ollie, a biographical drama about comedic duo Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy, brought in US$79,674 million from five screens for an average of US$15,935.

This year's big superhero films and sequels, along with a mix of family and adult fare, helped deliver record sales at the box office - nearly $12 billion in the US and about $42 billion globally, according to Comscore. "This weekend represented everything that this year was about: Diversity, escapism and the movie-going experience in the theatre, once again proving that the movie theatre can take on all competition and come out a victor".

The DC Comics-based movie collected $51.6 million in USA and Canadian theaters, Comscore estimated Sunday. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

Internationally, Bumblebee is now playing in 55 markets from which it grossed an estimated $45.7 million this weekend for an overseas cume that now stands at $90 million.

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