Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Weekend Box-Office: WONKA Tops New Year's Charts With $29.5 Million

Weekend Box Office Wonka New Year Winner

Hollywood has reasons to celebrate as 2023 ended with a grand total of $9 billion at the North American box-office, an improvement on the $7.4 billion from 2022, but less than 2019's $11.4 billion. The holidays were pretty busy with lots of releases, including "Wonka", "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom", "Migration", "The Color Purple", "The Boys in the Boat", "Ferrari" and "Anyone But You". Of course, next year is going to be rough because the strikes have cut down most wide releases for at least the first half of 2024.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

"Wonka" is the big winner over the New Year's frame, with $22.7 million over the weekend (+25.6% from last week) and $29.5 million for the 4-day holiday. The film has now grossed around $140 million in North America and $244.4 million overseas. That's a worldwide total of $384.8 million, a great result for the $125 million production.

After a lacklustre debut, the superhero flick "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" dropped 34% in its sophomore weekend, finishing in second place with $18.2 million for the 3-day and $23.5 million for the 4-day, which brings its domestic tally to $173.6 million. Overseas it raked in $255.4 million which adds up to $255.4 million worldwide. That's bad news for the final chapter of the DCEU, considering it cost more than $200 million to produce.

Illumination's new animated film "Migration" is holding in third place with $17 million, up 36.6% from its opening weekend, and $22 million over the 4-day holiday, bringing the domestic total to $59 million. It grossed another $46.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $105.5 million.

The musical "The Color Purple" opened on Christmas Day and earned $18 million. Over the weekend it grossed $11.7 million for the 3-day and $14.8 million for the 4-day, landing in fourth place. The domestic total now stands at $47 million.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the R-rated romantic comedy "Anyone But You" with $8.7 million over the weekend (up 45.8% from its opening weekend), and $11 million over the extended holiday. The film has now grossed $27 million domestically and another $5.8 million overseas. Not much, but it did only cost $25 million to produce.

In other news, George Clooney's sports biopic "The Boys in the Boat" scored $8.4 million over the weekend, finishing in sixth place and bringing its domestic total to $24.8 million after 8 days in theaters. Meanwhile Michael Mann's biopic "Ferrari" raked in a weaker $4 million, bringing its domestic tally to $10.9 million after 8 days.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Wonka $22.6M $140.4M $244.4M $125M
2 Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom $18.2M $81.8M $173.6M $215M
3 Migration $17M $59M $46.4M $72M
4 The Color Purple $11.7M $47.1M N/A $100M
5 Anyone But You $8.7M $27M $5.8M $25M
6 The Boys in the Boat $8.4M $24.8M N/A $40M
7 The Iron Claw $5M $16.3M N/A $15.9M
8 Ferrari $4M $12M $2.5M $95M
9 The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes $2.8M $160.6M $162M $100M
10 The Boy and the Heron $2.5M $36.8M $91.8M N/A


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