'Aquaman' dominates North America as 2018 box office romps to record $11.8bn


Aquaman has proved the unstoppable force of 2018 as it ends the year with box office records.

The superhero film, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, is the sixth instalment in the DC Extended Universe and has the screenplay by David Leslie, Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall. 

Jason Momoa famously takes the lead and is backed up by an eye-catching cast of  Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman in supporting roles.

The James Wan-directed feature film romped to unprecedented success in China, hitting box office records in excess of $93.6 million on the opening weekend. 

Now, despite competition from the likes of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment’s Aquaman only slipped 23.5% on the final weekend of 2018 with an estimated intake of $51.6m which added to the tally to $188.8m.

With a wildly popular year for film, early reports suggest that the annual box office tally reached a record $11.8bn which trickles past the 11.4bn which was achieved two years ago.

The aforementioned Mary Poppins Returns film has finished second for the final weekend, an impressive turn out since its release has seen the film gross in excess of $98.9m.

Closely behind that was Bumblebee, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, The Mule and plenty more.

Below, find the results for the final weekend of North America box office:

Estimated top 10 North America Dec 28-30, 2018 total gross to date

1 (1) Aquaman – Warner Bros Pictures International – $188.8m

2 (2) Mary Poppins Returns – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International – $98.9m

3 (3) Bumblebee – Paramount Pictures International – $66.8m

4 (4) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Sony Pictures Releasing International – $103.6m

5 (5) The Mule – Warner Bros Pictures International – $60.7m

6 (-) Vice – Annapurna – $17.7m

7 (-) Holmes And Watson – Sony Pictures Releasing International – $19.7m

8 (7) Second Act – STX International – $21.8m

9 (8) Ralph Breaks The Internet – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International – $175.7m

10 (6) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Universal Pictures International – $265.5m