In a flood of new releases, "Aquaman" easily swam past "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Bumblebee" to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Without a "Star Wars" film on the December schedule for the first time in four years, a crowded slate of films sought to capitalize on the lucrative holiday period in theaters.
The DC Comics superhero film "Aquaman," which cost Warner Bros. $200 million to make, arrived already a juggernaut overseas, where it has grossed more than $400 million in three weeks of release. Including advance previews, the Jason Momoa-led "Aquaman" reeled in $72.1 million in U.S. and Canada theaters, bringing its global total to $482.8 million.
"Aquaman," directed by James Wan, has proven to be a stabilizing "Justice League" spinoff for Warner Bros. following bumpier DC releases outside of "Wonder Woman."
Returns were more modest for Disney's "Mary Poppins" sequel and Paramount's "Transformers" spinoff, though each had reason to expect strong business through the holidays.
"Mary Poppins Returns," starring Emily Blunt and directed by Rob Marshall, debuted with $22.2 million over the weekend and $31 million since opening Wednesday. That was on the low side of expectations for the musical, which cost $130 million to make.
"Poppins" still narrowly edged "Bumblebee," which opened with $21 million.
Meghan Trainor marries
actor Daryl Sabara
Meghan Trainor has wed actor Daryl Sabara in nuptials exchanged at the couple's Los Angeles home.
A publicist for the Grammy-winning singer on Sunday confirmed the two married Saturday. People magazine first reported the wedding. It said about 100 guests attended the private backyard ceremony. It was also Trainor's 25th birthday.
The "All About That Bass" singer and the 26-year-old "Spy Kids" actor became engaged last year.
Trainor's third album is due out in 2019.