Warner Bros. latest release Aquaman made the biggest waves in North American theaters over the weekend, drowning Bumblebee and Mary Poppins Return which failed to make half as much in revenue.
Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, raked in $67.4 million in ticket sales compared to Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins Returns which made $22 million during its opening weekend. But Mary Poppins still managed to fly a little higher than Paramount’s Bumblebee at $21 million, Exhibitor Relations estimated on Sunday.
Together, the three helped improve the year’s domestic box-office income toward a record $11.8 billion, Hollywood Reporter said.
Momoa starts in a title role infused with fresh swagger by director James Wan, with Variety calling Momoa’s Aquaman ‘a bare-chested Hawaiian super-stud with long, shaggy surfer hair and all-over tribal tattoos.’ The look seems to work: The movie has already taken in some $410 million outside North America.
Mary Poppins Returns, while lacking huge opening numbers, is anticipated to follow past musicals in enjoying a long box-office run.
Bumblebee, a prequel to the Transformers movie franchise, stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. It drew a lofty 94 per cent rating from Rotten Tomatoes as all three of the top grossing new cinemas earned strong A- ratings from CinemaScores.
In fourth was Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, taking in $16.7 million. It has Peter Parker making way for Miles Morales as a black, Latino Spider-Man.
And fifth spot went to ‘The Mule‘ from Warner Bros., at $9.3 million. Clint Eastwood, who at 88 says this will be his last acting part, directs and takes the lead role as a insolvent 90-year-old who turns to transporting cocaine for a Mexican drug cartel.