Monday Update: The year has already gotten off to a surprising start, with STX’s drama The Upside opening in first place with $20.3M, after most pre-release projections had it in second or even third place. Expected champ Aquaman ceded the top spot, falling -44% to $17.3M and second place. Don’t feel too badly, though
This was not only a record-breaking year at the box office, but an exceptional year in terms of quality too—and the number-one film of 2018 happens to be in my top ten. Here are this editor’s personal favorites. Roma: Five years after his sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, director Alfonso Cuarón returns
“Who is going to be responsible for this baby?” This simple (and loaded) question reverberates throughout Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, the consequence of a surprise pregnancy at an inopportune time. Black, 19 years old in early 1970s Harlem, with the father in jail on bogus charges—Tish (KiKi
Monday Update: Warner Bros.’ Aquaman three-peated at the box office with a confirmed $31.0M this weekend. Sony’s horror Escape Room started in second place with $18.2M. Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns fell -44% to $15.8M in third place. Comparisons Total box office this weekend was $138.7M. That’s -26.2% below last weekend and -16.2% above this same weekend
Saturday, December 29 Report: Warner Bros.’ Aquaman continues to float atop the box office after posting another $17.1 million on Friday. Domestically, that brings the DC title’s haul up to $154.3 million after eight days of release, putting it 32 percent ahead of the pace of Venom and 37 percent ahead of Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Monday Update: The incredibly crowded second half of December began this weekend with four new wide releases, led by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with $35.3M. Sony’s animated superhero movie opened about in line with expectations, helped by very strong reviews. It debuted far below any of the six standalone live action Spider-Man