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Weekend Box Office: Escape Room can't keep audiences from flocking to Aquaman

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James Wan might think it’s a “fucking disgrace” that Aquaman wasn’t shortlisted for a visual effects Oscar, but the director’s got to be taking comfort in the fact that, after three weekends atop the box office, the chronicle of Jason Momoa’s trident-bearing fish god is officially the highest-grossing worldwide release in the DC Extended Universe. Aquaman raked in nearly $31 million domestically and $56 million internationally over the weekend, pushing its worldwide gross over $940 million and ahead of the $873 million pulled in by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.


Nipping at its heels like a feisty little guppy, though, was Sony’s by-the-numbers horror movie Escape Room, which pulled in a respectable $18 million on a $9 million budget. As the teens flooded its screens, the kids and parents flocked to Mary Poppins Returns, which came in third with a weekend gross of $15.7 million. That’s a drop of roughly 44% for the musical sequel, serving as a sign that Poppins’ magic umbrella may not keep her afloat for much longer.

Rounding out the top five are Paramount’s mega-fun Bumblebee and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the latter of which could see a fresh bump next weekend thanks to its Golden Globe win for Best Animated Feature Film on Sunday night. That may also be true for Adam McKay’s Vice, which saw its star, Christian Bale, win a Globe last night for his transformative turn as former Vice President (and actual Satan) Dick Cheney. Right now, McKay’s film is holding its own in the top 10, having dropped only 25% since last week.


Elsewhere, awards darling If Beale Street Could Talk and Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On The Basis Of Sex both saw bumps due to their respective market expansions, and will likely continue to see them as they gear up for bigger expansions in the coming weeks.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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