Aquaman director James Wan may have said that he feels “worried” about facing Mary Poppins Returns over the Christmas box office, but if tracking is any indication the DC superhero blockbuster is set to score a comfortable victory over the Disney sequel and the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee during the stacked festive period.
According to Deadline, Aquaman – which opens in the U.S. on December 21st – is expected to gross around $100 million over the five-day Friday to Christmas Tuesday period, with a three-day weekend in the region of $65 million.
That would put the Jason Momoa-headlined DC movie ahead of Mary Poppins Returns, which opens two days earlier and is tracking $70 million through to Christmas Tuesday, while Paramount’s Bumblebee meanwhile is expected to find itself in third place with a $40 million five-day opening haul.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman”, starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be … a king.”
Aquaman is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring) and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, reprising his role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Ludi Lin as Murk, Michael Beach as Jesse Kane, Djimon Hounsou as the Fisherman King, Randall Park as Dr. Stephen Shin, Otis Dhanji as a young Arthur Curry, Julie Andrews as Karathen and Graham McTavish in an as-yet-unrevealed role. It is set for release on December 14th in the UK and December 21st in North America.