Aquaman Paddles to Number 1 … Again

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Aquaman again

Seems only appropriate that a superhero would close out 2018 at the top of the box office.

For the second straight week, Aquaman swam to the weekend’s box-office title, finishing almost a full length ahead of the rest of the field. D.C.’s latest cinematic superhero earned an estimated $51.6 million, according to Box Office Mojo, bringing its overall domestic tally to $188.8 million. It continues to make waves overseas, too. Aquaman collected another $85.4 million outside North America, pushing its global cume to an oceanic $748.8 million. Talk about making a splash.

‘Course, in the realm of 2018 cinematic superheroes, Aquaman’s still just a small fish, at least for now. It’s currently 13th on the list of the year’s biggest money-makers (domestically, that is), and a whopping half of the movies in front of it are all superhero flicks: No. 1 Black Panther ($700.1 million); No. 2 Avengers: Infinity War ($678.8 million); No. 3 Incredibles 2 ($608.6 million); No. 5 Deadpool 2 ($318.5 million); No. 8 Ant-Man and the Wasp ($216.6 million); and No. 10 Venom ($213.2 million). Superhero flicks have topped the box office 16 for 16 weekends in 2018. Once again, American cinema wore a cape.

But maybe it also wore a set of mouse ears, because Disney had quite a year, too. A Mouse-House movie topped the charts for a total of 15 weekends in 2018. Five of the year’s top 10 films, including the top three, were Disney properties. So it’s only appropriate that a new look at one of Disney’s most beloved characters, Mary Poppins Returns, finished 2018’s last weekend at No. 2. It earned $28 million and pushed its total haul to $98.9 million.

Bumblebee pollenated the weekend’s third spot, collecting $20.5 million from its theatrical flowers. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continued to flex its animated muscle, finishing fourth with $18.3 million. And Clint Eastwood’s The Mule held tight to fifth place with $11.8 million.

Christmas’s late arrivals couldn’t dent the top five. Vice, a scathing satire of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s political career, banked just $7.8 million to finish sixth. Still, it did better than Will Ferrell’s and John C. Reilly’s new infantile comedy, Holmes & Watson, which pocketed an abysmal $7.3 million and stumbled to seventh. Why did it fail so badly? Elementary, my dear reader: It wasn’t funny.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Everyone needs to go see Mary Poppins Returns now. It's a charming little movie that's about a good a sequel to the classic Mary Poppins as one could hope for.
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