It must be sounding like a broken record at this point, but Aquaman will continue to be the king of the box office until someone worthy comes along to challenge him for the throne. Last week, the DC adaptation won its third weekend in a row with $31 million. That hot streak is going to continue this weekend, as neither A Dog's Way Home or The Upside will be able to overtake the King of Atlantis.
In a very rare occurrence, Aquaman will win its fourth weekend at the box office in a row, with a take between $15 and $18 million. With what it brings in overseas, that should be enough to bring it across the $1 billion mark. Director James Wan's DC Comics adaptation has been the success the brand needed and Jason Momoa can officially say that his first solo outing as Arthur Curry is more successful than the first ever live-action team up between Batman and Superman. Not bad for a guy who talks to fish.
Next up will be this weekend's new offerings and it's going to be a very close race, as both A Dog's Way Home and The Upside will be dancing around the $10 to $12 million range. The edge here should go to A Dog's Way Home, the sequel to A Dog's Purpose. But it's going to be very close and will be tough to call. A Dog's Way Home, which stars Ashley Judd and Edward James Olmos, definitely gets help from the family crowd and that's almost always helpful.
With The Upside, it has the advantage of some star power in the form of Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. However, Hart is in the middle of some controversy after stepping down as host of the Oscars over old anti-LGBTQ remarks the comedian made some time ago. In any case, the movie, which centers on a caretaker (Hart) who winds up taking care of a paralyzed billionaire (Cranston) should do reasonably well in its opening frame.
Rounding out the top five should be Escape Room with around $9 million and Mary Poppins Returns with around $8 million. Though that will be a close race with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, coming hot off of a surprise Golden Globe win. This week also sees the release of Keanu Reeves' latest Replicas, which will probably miss out on the top ten with a take of $3 to $4 million. Also, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex should do quite well as it expands. Be sure to check out our full list of weekend box office predictions and check back with us on Sunday for a full list of estimates. These numbers were provided by Box Office Mojo.
|2||A Dog's Way Home|
|5||Mary Poppins Returns|
|6||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse|
|7||On the Basis of Sex|