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Aquaman projected to ride $65 million box office wave on opening weekend

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Feb 26, 2020, 3:48 PM EST (Updated)

Aquaman may be destined to be the King of Atlantis, but now he's also destined to be the King of the Holiday Box Office next month. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new DC Extended Universe film starring Jason Momoa in the title role is expected to bring in $65 million or more on its opening weekend, which runs December 21-23. That's a hefty haul any time of year, but it's particularly impressive when you consider that the film is going up against two other major franchise releases: Much-anticipated Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns and the Transformers prequel film Bumblebee. All three films have strong buzz (pun intended in Bumblebee's case) leading into the days before Christmas, but Aquaman should come out on top by a wide margin.

Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt in the title role, will arrive on December 19, giving it a bit of a headstart on the weekend, and is expected to earn between $35 and $40 million by December 23, with $65 million by the end of Christmas Day. Bumblebee is expected to come in third place with a still-solid $25 to $30 million by the end of the weekend and $40 million by Christmas Day. 

If Aquaman's tracking holds, its Christmas Day total will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million in North America alone. 

Directed by James Wan and also starring Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Aquaman has been drawing more and more interest from fans since its wild San Diego Comic Con trailer launch over the summer. The film aims to set itself apart from other DCEU films in both look and feel, evoking a fun superhero adventure more than a dark character study. So far the formula has worked, and the film has the solid ticket presales to prove it.

Now, Aquaman is set to not just do well on its opening weekend, but beat out two other major releases which also look to be box office successes in the process. It's going to be an absolutely packed weekend at the movies, but by Christmas Aquaman will likely be wearing the crown.

Aquaman is in theaters December 21.