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Box Office: 'Escape Room' No Match for 'Aquaman'

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03.01.2019

The 2018 box office may have ended with a bang, but 2019 looks like it’s starting with a whimper.

With no major releases hitting theaters, “Aquaman” should easily retain its No. 1 spot atop the domestic box office charts for the third consecutive weekend. The only newcomer to the marquees is Columbia Pictures’ “Escape Room,” a psychological horror film that is expected to bring in around $10 million when it debuts in 2,700 locations.

Since this weekend looks to be dominated by a slew of holdovers, it should be noted that it can be difficult to gauge just how much a film will dip coming off the busy span from Christmas to New Year’s. Since New Year’s Eve fell on a Monday, most children won’t head back to school until the following Monday, which means moviegoing could still see a big boost throughout the first weekend of 2019.

As a whole, January tends to be a slow month at the box office. After competitive Decembers, studios often hold off on launching blockbuster-hopefuls while cinephiles........

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