Weekend Box Office 1/11-1/13: Hart and Cranston Take Top Spot.

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Aquaman may be sailing easily across the $1 Billion mark, but it was denied its fourth straight weekend as #1. A couple of big name over-achievers over threw the King of the Seas, but not by much.

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Coming in at #1 was the comedy The Upside, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. The comedy came in above expectations with $19.5 million. Critics have not been to fond of Upside. Rotten Tomatoes only has it as a 40%, but fans have it at a whopping 88% positive. Cinemascore has it at an A. The interactions between Hart and Cranston promise a memorable movie.

Sliding into second for the first time in its four week run, Aquaman brought in $17.2 million. I am not sure DC cares too much about domestic box office though. As it crosses the $1 billion world-wide box office, it is thanks mostly to the overseas market. Domestically the film sits about $280 million. At the foreign box office, though, Aquaman has brought in a whopping $732.4 million, with $285 million coming from China. This is the first DC movie to join the Billion Dollar club.

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In a distant third place, this movie proves the winning power of cute animals and sappy stories. A Dog’s Way Home brought in $11.3 million. Again audiences are liking this more than the critics, but then again, this is a movie you go into with your brain shut off and the emotions at 110%.

Hanging on with a vice like grip to the #4 slot is the surprise hit of the year. Spiderman may be a big name in the real life movies, but this little Into the Spiderverse movie has over-achieved on so many levels. It did $9 million, only dropping 31% in its fifth week of release. This movie is backing up its Golden Globe win with hefty numbers. I can’t help but think this is the Oscar leader for best animated film as well.

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Finally in fifth we have Escape Room in its second week, hauling in $8.9 million. A 51% drop n not shabby, but did you notice the connections between #3-5? All three are Sony films, giving Sony a very solid start to 2019.

Where did the Keanu Reeves film, Replicas, end up? Keanu could not even crack the top 10 with his latest. Replicas finished a distant 12th with only a $2.5 million intake.

NEXT WEEK

Next week we only have a single film releasing, but it is a doozy. Knight Shamalan’s latest movie, and third and final in the super hero trilogy, Glass hits theaters. Will we get Shama-Dayum! or the Sham-hammer? Critics are divided over this one so far. The acting is being praised, but Shamalan’s ending is once again is coming under scrutiny. will be fascinating to see how this one fleshes out.

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