As Aquaman continues to perform well overseas, that latest installment in the DC Extended Universe will win this weekend's domestic box office with an estimated $70-75 million opening.
Original estimates had the film tracking for a $65 million opening, but new projections have the film opening somewhere between $70-$75 million. Of course, word of mouth could help to push the film past those estimates, with experts suggesting an $80 million domestic opening is entirely possible.
Factoring in the film's domestic debut, Aquaman is now well over $300 million at the international box office and is easily swimming towards $500 million globally, which it could hit by Christmas Day. If that's not impressive enough, Aquaman looks set to surpass the worldwide total of Justice League ($657.9 million) in early January.
Coming in second is Paramount's Bumblebee, which is expected to take in $22 million during its opening weekend. That's a relatively low opening weekend, especially given it is a Transformers film. However, word of mouth could very well give this flick legs in the coming weeks. After all, much like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bumblebee has become quite the critical darling and should continue to perform well, especially considering there's little to no new competition in the coming weeks. Rounding out the top three is Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, which should take in $21.5 million over the course of the weekend.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna.
Directed by Travis Knight from a script by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Pamela Adlon, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.
(via The Wrap)