Welcome to the return of a weekly box office article! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters. It’ll take a few weeks to fully implement a format here on the site, so be a bit patient with that. Otherwise, the box office report is back! This first week of 2019 was decently robust, even with only one new release opening wide. Let’s take a look now, shall we?
The top spot again went to Aquaman, which continued to dominate the box office. Another $30.7 million or so made it the easy financial champion this weekend. Having taken in nearly $260 million so far, it’s proving to be a real success for DC and Warner Brothers. With some clear road still ahead, it should easily pass the $300 million mark before long. Go figure, the future of the DC cinematic universe is firmly in the hands of Arthur Curry and Diana Prince.
Debuting in the number two slot was Escape Room, which overcame mixed at best reviews to open with an estimated $18 million. With no competition, new release wise, it was an easy pass to a solid haul. The weeks ahead likely won’t be kind, but as a kickoff for a January release, it’s nothing to be ashamed of at all.
Among the other notable holdovers in theaters, Bumblebee is closing in on the $100 million milestone, while Bohemian Rhapsody creeps closer to $200 million (falling out of the top ten in recent weeks). A Star Is Born passed that mark a week or so ago, so it continues to find audience members, with potentially more coming after tonight’s Golden Globe awards ceremony. The weekend also saw If Beale Street Could Talk expand, moving up the ranks of the independent box office players.
None of the indies in limited release posted any numbers, so we can’t give you those, at least not today…
Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:
1. Aquaman – $30,700,000
2. Escape Room – $18,000,000
3. Mary Poppins Returns – $15,773,000
4. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – $13,010,000
5. Bumblebee – $12,775,000
6. The Mule – $9,040,000
7. Vice – $5,803,490
8. Second Act – $4,910,000
9. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $4,685,000
10. Holmes and Watson – $3,400,000
Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:
11. Bohemian Rhapsody – $2,400,000
12. Mary Queen of Scots – $2,204,000
13. The Favourite – $1,975,000
14. If Beale Street Could Talk – $1,849,429
15. Green Book – $1,829,000
16. On the Basis of Sex – $1,671,000
17. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $1,159,000
18. Simmba – $1,005,087
19. Creed II – $973,111
20. Instant Family – $710,000
21. Welcome to Marwen – $673,000
22. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $650,000
23. A Star Is Born – $635,000
24. Ben Is Back – $338,725
25. Free Solo – $114,900
Until next weekend!