Box Office: ‘Wonka’, ‘Aquaman 2’, ‘The Color Purple’ Give Warner Bros. Strong End To 2023

  1. Wonka– $23.9M/$134.9M

It was a huge December for Warner Bros., closing out the year with three huge hits. The biggest of the bunch at this point is Wonka, which after three weeks has $134M domestic, $142M if you include the four-day weekend, and $387M worldwide.

2. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom– $19.5M/$77.8M

The final DCEU movie ever, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, is going out with a whimper. That said, this is the strongest performer of the year for them, with $84M domestic after two weeks and $258M worldwide. Consider that The Flash, an epic flop, ended its entire run with just $270M globally, while Shazam: Fury of the Gods had half as much with just $133M, and lower-budgeted Blue Beetle ended its run with $129M.

3. Migration– $17.2M/$54.3M

Despite opening with the lowest weekend ever for Illumination, Migration is actually performing pretty decently. I mean, nobody expected it to be Minions , Super Mario, or Despicable Me, right? The mallard family adventure has $59M after two weeks, and has cracked the $100M mark worldwide.

4. The Color Purple (review)- $13M/$45.3M

Opening on Christmas Day, the eight-day total for Blitz Bazawule’s musical The Color Purple is $50M. Reviews have been strong for the adaptation of the Broadway show, led by Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Taraji P. Henson, and more. Crowds have been packed at every showing I’ve been to (I’ve seen it multiple times at this point), and considering it’s already performing ahead of The Greatest Showman, this film could have staying power into the new year.

5. Anyone But You– $9M/$25M

6. The Boys in the Boat (review)- $8.3M/$21.9M

George Clooney’s uplifting sports drama The Boys in the Boat opened on Christmas Day, and after a week it’s already doing better than the entire run of Suburbicon, which was his last theatrical wide release. The rowing film led by Callum Turner has $24.6M after eight days.

7. The Iron Claw– $5M/$16.3M

Well, it doesn’t look as if Sean Durkin’s excellent, and well-reviewed, The Iron Claw will top The Wrestler‘s $44M to become the highest-grossing wrestling movie ever. That said, it’s still doing well after two weeks with $16.3M, or $18.2M if you include the Monday holiday.

8. Ferrari (review)- $4M/$10.9M

Michael Mann movies don’t really command big box office anymore, and his passion project Ferrari is no different. The Adam Driver-led film about Enzo Ferrari has just over $12M domestic and $14.6M worldwide. At least this one is performing better than Mann’s underrated 2015 film Blackhat which only made $19M for the entirety of its run.

9. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes– $2.9M/$159.8M

10. The Boy and the Heron– $2.5M/$35.9M


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.