"Wonka" triumphed as the holiday season's top-grossing musical fantasy, hitting $140.2M domestically and nearing $400M globally.
Timothée Chalamet's portrayal of Willy Wonka led to a $22.7M weekend and an expected $29.5M during the four-day holiday.
On the flip side, "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" struggled, earning $81.8M domestically, despite a $250M+ global haul.
Its troubled production with a $200M+ budget and significant marketing costs signals challenges in turning a profit.
This disappointing sequel marks the end of Warner Bros.' DC Extended Universe, prompting a reboot in their superhero strategy.
Newly appointed heads, James Gunn and Peter Safran, aim to reshape DC's superhero cinematic approach.
Gunn's success with "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" offers optimism for their upcoming Superman movie.
The box office struggles contrast with the first "Aquaman," which hit $1B globally, highlighting changing trends in movie reception.
As Hollywood's landscape evolves, DC faces an uphill battle to reclaim the superhero movie magic once enjoyed by Marvel.
The challenge ahead lies in reinventing DC's superhero narrative for contemporary audiences.