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‘Aquaman’ stays afloat atop box office

Warner Bros.’ Aquaman displayed a powerful kick in North American theaters over the weekend, taking in an estimated $52.1 million to help close a record year for the movie sector, final figures showed Wednesday.

‘Aquaman’ stays afloat atop box office
Jason Momoa is seen arriving, trident in hand, at the Hollywood premiere of "Aquaman," which has topped box offices in its first two weekends
With hunky and heavily tattooed Jason Momoa in the lead role, the film has grossed nearly $750 million globally. It earned $52.1 million in its second weekend.

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns gained altitude in its second weekend, taking in $28.4 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period. In third was Paramount’s Bumblebee, a prequel to the Transformers movies, starring Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, at $20.9 million.

Fourth place went to Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, at $18.8 million. The film has drawn rave reviews—with a 97 score on the Rotten Tomatoes website—and has netted a Golden Globe nomination as best animated picture.

In fifth was The Mule from Warner Bros., at $12.2 million. Clint Eastwood directs and takes the lead role—his last acting part, he has said—as a destitute 90-year-old who turns to transporting cocaine for a drug cartel.

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Disney hauls in $7B at box office in 2018

Disney posted its second-best year at the box office ever, raking in $7.325 billion worldwide for everything from Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War to hit animated sequel Incredibles 2 and the latest Star Wars film.

Disney remains the only studio to ever post more than $7 billion in annual box office receipts. In 2016, it recorded its best year at $7.6 billion.

In North America, Disney made nearly $3.1 billion, a new industry record, thanks to the runaway success of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Incredibles 2—now all among the top 10 highest grossing films of all time.

Each one earned more than $600 million in the United States and Canada. Cumulatively, those three films alone made $4.64 billion worldwide.

Other successes on the Disney slate include Marvel superhero flick Ant-Man and The Wasp, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Mary Poppins Returns, which has already made more than $200 million around the world and is still in theaters.

In 2019, Disney has another massive year ahead on the silver screen, with Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame leading the Marvel charge in the spring, and Frozen 2 due at year’s end, along with Star Wars: Episode IX.

New versions of animated classics Dumbo Aladdin and The Lion King are yet to come, as is Pixar’s Toy Story 4. 

Topics: Warner Bros. , Aquaman , Jason Momoa , Mary Poppins Returns , Transformers , Disney
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