Get ready for what is shaping up to be a massive weekend at the box office right before Christmas. Two of the most-anticipated films of the year, Aquaman and Bumblebee are set to make their theatrical debut in North America and other territories just in time for one of, if not the busiest moviegoing time of the year. Now, we have a Christmas weekend forecast for the first three days of these respective films’ debut.
Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Aquaman has been making waves at the box office for the last two weeks prior to it finally opening in the U.S., having crossed the $300 million mark already. The film is expected to ride that wave to box office success once again with a forecast of around $82 – 85 million in its first three days before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The film is expected to perform quite well thanks to mostly positive reviews from critics.
As for Paramount Pictures’ Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, that film is expected to debut with around $22 million in its first three days. Heavy competition from Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may play a factor in its overall totals this weekend, but the film has received great word of mouth from critics and is the Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, so it is expected to have massive legs in the weeks to come.
It is expected that the top 5 of the Dec. 21-23 weekend will consist of the following:
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- The Mule
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Here is the synopsis for Aquaman:
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
Aquaman will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.
Here is the synopsis for Bumblebee:
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Directed by Travis Knight from a script written by Christina Hodson, the film stars Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Ian Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny.
Bumblebee will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018.
Source: Box Office Pro