Box Office: ‘Wonka’ Triumphs During Christmas, Surpasses $100M In U.S. As ‘Aquaman 2’ Faces Setback

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Midweek Christmas-New Year Corridor Sees Strong Performance from ‘The Color Purple,’ ‘Migration,’ ‘Anyone But You,’ and ‘The Boys in the Boat’.’

 

Timothée Chalamet’s ‘Wonka‘ emerges victorious at this year’s Christmas box office, while DC’s ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom‘ faces challenges.

However, the holiday season hasn’t been as prosperous for Hollywood studios and theater owners. Wednesday’s revenue, for instance, declined by 52 percent compared to the same day in 2019, the year before the pandemic struck.

Despite initially losing its top position to Warner Bros.’ ‘Aquaman 2’ over the extended Dec. 22-25 weekend, ‘Wonka’ reclaimed its lead on Tuesday.

Its success continued on Wednesday with $8 million in domestic ticket sales, propelling the musical past the $100 million milestone in North America, reaching a total of $102.5 million by Wednesday’s end.

 

Box Office: ‘Wonka’ Triumphs During Christmas, Surpasses $100M in U.S. as ‘Aquaman 2’ Faces Setback

In its initial six days, the Aquaman sequel led by Jason Momoa has amassed a domestic earning of $52.5 million, lagging behind the first film by over 55 percent (though its overseas earnings exceed $100 million).

Following a slow start during the Christmas weekend, Illumination and Universal’s ‘Migration’ ascended to the second position, trailing ‘Wonka.’ The family-oriented film secured $6.3 million on Wednesday, totaling $30.6 million domestically. Aquaman 2 followed at third place with $5.9 million.

Universal anticipated ‘Migration’ to gain momentum after the holiday as most schools remain closed this week.

‘The Color Purple,’ produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, secured the fourth spot on Wednesday with $3.9 million.

The film, released by Warners and Amblin, had an impressive opening on Christmas Day with $18 million, marking the second-best debut for a film opening on Dec. 25 (the best since 2009, unadjusted for inflation). The movie’s domestic total reached $29 million by Wednesday.

While ‘The Color Purple’ is surpassing initial projections, its front-loaded nature remains uncertain. The film experienced a 45 percent drop from Tuesday to Wednesday, the steepest among the top 10 titles.

In comparison, ‘Migration’ only slipped by 4 percent, ‘Wonka’ saw a 25 percent dip, and ‘Aquaman’ fell 29 percent. (Wednesday often witnesses declines due to discounted Tuesday pricing in theaters nationwide.)

Sony’s romantic comedy ‘Anyone But You,’ ranking fifth, actually saw a 1 percent increase in Wednesday’s earnings, grossing $2.6 million for a domestic total of $13.3 million.

 

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