Mary Poppins Goes Up Against Aquaman

But Jason Mamoa is big and he can swim
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2018 1:32 PM CST
Aquaman Dives In
This image released by Disney shows Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in "Mary Poppins Returns."   (Disney via AP)

(Newser) Aquaman dove headfirst into box-office bliss this weekend with a $72 million bow that kept runner-up Mary Poppins Returns at bay, Variety reports. The musical sequel banked $22.2 million, ahead of "Transformers" spinoff Bumblebee ($20.9 million), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($16.3 million), and Clint Eastwood's The Mule ($9 million). The Hollywood Reporter notes that pre-Christmas weekends are usually slow, which makes Aquaman's win even bigger. And musicals don't usually have big bows, so consider Mary Poppins far from over. (See what critics are saying about Emily Blunt as Poppins.)

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