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'Aquaman' dominates Christmas Eve box office in North America

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Los Angeles, United States  /  Wed, December 26, 2018  /  11:07 am
'Aquaman' dominates Christmas Eve box office in North America

A still from 'Aquaman.' (DC Entertainment/File)

Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" dominated Christmas Eve box office in North America, bringing in an estimated 10.9 million US dollars on Monday.

The superhero film topped North American box office in the opening weekend and has earned 83 million dollars for its first four days of release, pushing its global total to more than 500 million dollars, according to American entertainment trade magazine Variety.

Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, the film is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe. Directed by James Wan, it stars Jason Momoa as the title role.

The film, with a reported 200 million dollars of investment, reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry.

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As the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, Curry must step forward to lead his people against his half-brother who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

Disney's musical fantasy film "Mary Poppins Returns" came in second with an estimated 6 million dollars on Monday for a North American cume of 39 million dollars. Based on the book series of the same name by P. L. Travers, the film is the follow-up to 1964's classic film "Mary Poppins." Directed by Rob Marshall, it stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny with unique magical skills.

Paramount's science fiction action film "Bumblebee" took in an estimated 3.7 million dollars in third place. The film is the sixth installment of the "Transformers" film series.

The previous "Transformers" franchise has brought in 4.4 billion dollars in global box office revenue. Directed by Travis Knight, "Bumblebee" stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena among others.

Usually, Christmas Eve is not prime moviegoing time in North America. But theaters are going to be more crowded from Christmas Day through New Year's Day.