Aquaman again makes waves to stay atop North American box office

Actor Jason Momoa in a movie still of Aquaman.
Actor Jason Momoa in a movie still of Aquaman.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Aquaman left other movies in its wake in North American box offices this weekend, taking in an estimated US$30.7 million (S$41.7 million), industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said Sunday (Jan 6).

The DC super-hero film, in its third week out, has now taken in a global total of US$940.7 million. That makes it Warner Bros.' biggest comic-book film since The Dark Knight Rises earned more than US$1 billion in 2012, according to

Jason Momoa stars as the heavily tattooed half human/half-Atlantean hero who struggles against evil forces to gain control of the powerful Trident of Atlan. James Wan, known for horror films like Saw, directed.

In second place was new Sony thriller Escape Room, with US$18 million for the three-day weekend - a strong start for a film that cost just US$9 million to produce. Logan Miller and Taylor Russell star as part of a group facing deadly consequences when sent into an escape room.

Third place went to Disney's family-friendly musical Mary Poppins Returns, at US$15.8 million. The sequel to the beloved 1964 film stars Emily Blunt in the title role and Lin Manuel-Miranda as a limber and lovable lamplighter.

In its fourth week out, Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse clung to fourth spot, with a take of US$13 million. The film is in contention for a best animated picture award at the Golden Globes later Sunday.

In fifth was Bumblebee, from Paramount, at US$12.8 million. The prequel to the Transformers movies stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena.


Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were: "The Mule" (US$9 million) "Vice" (US$5.8 million) "Second Act" (US$4.9 million) "Ralph Breaks the Internet" (US$4.7 million) "Holmes & Watson" (US$3.4 million)