The major box office action this weekend will be in China, where Aquaman swims into theaters two weeks ahead of its U.S. launch.
The marquee in North America, however, will be noticeably devoid of new wide releases in the lull before the Christmas crush.
Holdover Ralph Breaks the Internet is expected to top the domestic chart for the third weekend in a row. A handful of titles open at the specialty box office, including Ben is Back and Vox Lux (both films were shut out from Golden Globe nominations Thursday).
A Star Is Born, which earned five Globe noms, will get a one-weekend special showing in Imax theaters, while Universal is re-releasing a master cut of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List in more than a 1,000 cinemas timed to the Oscar-winning film’s 25th anniversary.
Warner Bros. decided to unfurl Aquaman first in China, followed by additional foreign markets next week, in order to get a jump on a crowded pack of year-end holiday films, including Mary Poppins Returns and Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.
Aquaman debuts in North America on Dec. 21, the beginning of the lucrative year-end holiday corridor.
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