Three newbies make their way to the screen this weekend as canine tale A Dog’s Way Home, Kevin Hart/Bryan Cranston comedic drama The Upside, and the Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller Replicas debut. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on each of them here:
Even with the trio of openings, it appears Aquaman will glide into a fourth straight weekend atop the charts with a high teens take. The superhero saga’s reign will certainly end the following weekend with Glass being unveiled.
Other titles will likely struggle to reach the teens. I have Dog’s managing a #2 showing with The Upside not far behind.
Replicas appears to be getting dumped and my $3.4 million projection leaves it well outside the top five. We have an expansion with On the Basis of Sex, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic that’s performed well in limited release and is slated for approximately 2000 screens Friday. I’ll put its number at $7.9 million. I believe that gets it to a 7th place rollout.
Returnees Escape Room and Mary Poppins Returns are my picks for the rest of the high-five and here’s the estimates:
Predicted Gross: $17.7 million
2. A Dog’s Way Home
Predicted Gross: $12.8 million
3. The Upside
Predicted Gross: $11.6 million
4. Escape Room
Predicted Gross: $9.4 million
5. Mary Poppins Returns
Predicted Gross: $8.8 million
Box Office Results (January 4–6)
As anticipated, Aquaman logged another frame in first place with $31 million, topping my $27.9 million projection for an impressive $260 million three-week total.
New horror thriller Escape Room made off with a terrific $18.2 million start in second, more than doubling its meager $9 million budget.
Mary Poppins Returns fell to third in its third weekend with $15.8 million compared to my higher $18.7 million prediction. Total tally is $138 million.
Bumblebee was fourth with $13.2 million (I said $12.2 million) as it sniffs the century mark at $97 million.
Spider–Man: Into the Spider–Verse rounded out the top five with $13.1 million, slinging beyond my $10.9 million forecast. It’s made $133 million thus far.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…