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“Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” tops the box office but still in difficulty

Superhero movies are in a real ‘sink or swim’ moment, with the sequel to 2018’s Aquaman treading water this week.

The original film was also released the weekend before Christmas, grossing nearly $28 million on its first day and, with another $22 million, becoming one of the few films to gross more than $20 million on the day of Christmas, usually a slow day for the box. desk.

Five years and countless superhero movies later, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom made another $28 million, this time over a three-day weekend, as Comscore reports. With Christmas on Monday, the Jason Momoa-led sequel is expected to gross $40 million.

Patrick Wilson and Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Comics

Internationally, Arthur Curry and co. fared better, earning $80.1 million for a worldwide opening of $120.1 million.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom follows Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta as he once again attempts to defeat Momoa’s titular submariner. Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard reprise their roles from the first film, which grossed nearly $1.2 billion, making it the highest-grossing film in the DCEU.

Ahead of his new film’s premiere, Momoa didn’t seem too convinced he’d play Aquaman again, telling Entertainment tonight“The truth is, I mean, if the audience likes it, then there’s a possibility. But right now, I’m like, ‘That doesn’t look very good.'”

With these box office receipts compared to the film’s reported budget of $205 million, the situation probably looks much worse. DC Studios is also rethinking its entire superhero strategy under the leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran, but who’s to say what that will look like, or if enough people will care.

In the meantime, Wonka slipped to No. 2 in its second week, earning $17.7 million domestically, bringing its total so far to $75.2 million (an expected $254.9 through Monday ). The family animated film Migrationwritten by White Lotus author Mike White, opened in third place with $12.3 million and an expected four-day haul of $17.1 million domestically ($34.3 million worldwide ).

Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney in “Anyone but You”.
Sony Pictures Entertainment/YouTube

The R-rated romantic comedy Anyone but youstarring two of Hollywood’s young rising stars, Glen Powell and Sydney Sweeney, debuted in fourth place, with a decent $6.2 million and an expected four-day gross of around $9 million against a budget of 25 million dollars.

In the film, Bea (Sweeney) and Ben (Powell) seem like the perfect couple, but after an incredible first date, something happens that cools their fiery attraction – until they unexpectedly find themselves reunited at a destination wedding in Australia. So they do what two mature adults would do: pretend to be an object.

Indian import Saalar Part 1 – Ceasefire rounds out the Top 5 with a debut of $5.5 million and a projected four-day gross of $6.3 million domestically. Internationally, the action drama added another $33.6 million, for a world premiere of $39.9 million.

“The Iron Claw”.

Wrestling drama The iron clawstarring Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson, was smothered by other films this weekend, with a $5.1 million opening and a projected four-day total of $7.5 million – not so poorly considering its estimated budget of $20.4 million. .

Following, The color purple opens on Christmas Day.

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