This weekend marks the final box-office numbers of 2018, and luckily for genre fans, the last domestic box office of the year was dominated by sci-fi and fantasy projects.
Now in its second frame, James Wan's Aquaman is still surfing high, poised to reel in the top spot once again with an estimated $51.5 million from 4,125 domestic movie theaters. While this is a 24% decline from last week's haul of $72 million, Aquaman will still cap off its first 10 days in North America with a respectable $189 million.
Just approved for an extended release in China, the underwater superhero epic has already surpassed $666 million internationally. A lot of that money has to do with other countries that got the movie before the U.S., as well as special screenings for Amazon Prime subscribers in America prior to the film's wide domestic release on Dec. 21.
Set to take the second spot is Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, with $28 million from 4,090 domestic movie theaters. Having debuted two days before Aquaman, the musical sequel to the 1964 movie is expected to surpass $104 million domestically by the end of the weekend. Combined with foreign ticket sales, it's made $173 million. Directed by Rob Marshall, the movie stars Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) as the titular magical British nanny.
Paramount's Bumblebee (also in its second week) is transforming its way to the third spot, expected to rake in $20.5 million from 3,550 theaters, bringing its domestic total to $67 million. This is only a slight drop from last week, when the feature took in $21 million. Internationally, it has $3 million to go until it breaks $100 million.
The first live-action Transformers film not to be directed by Michael Bay (it was helmed by Laika Studios' Travis Knight), the origin/spinoff project has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Inspired by sci-fi classics like E.T., the movie takes a more low-key approach to the franchise and stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, a young girl who forms a close bond with the titular black-and-yellow robot in the late 1980s.
Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will web No. 4 with around $18 million. About to close out its third weekend in theaters, the animated Marvel feature has already made $91.7 million domestically and $156 million internationally. If you so choose, you can read the entire screenplay online for free.
At the bottom of the barrel, the critically reviled Holmes & Watson will only make an estimated $7.3 million, vying for sixth place with Adam McKay's political satire, Vice. Right now, Etan Cohen's mystery-comedy's domestic total sits at a pitiful $15 million. Given the extremely poor reception to the parody film about Baker Street's most famous consulting detective, it seems that the project won't even recoup its production budget of $42 million.
All in all, 2018 was a record-setting time for the global and domestic box offices. On Christmas Eve, North American ticket sales reached $11.383 billion, surpassing the 2016 benchmark of $11.382 billion. Internationally, $41.7 million was made, besting last year's all-time record of $40.6 billion. This year was so financially successful thanks to the releases of Black Panther, Deadpool 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Incredibles 2.
Tune in next week for our first box-office roundup of 2019!