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Wonka with Timothée Chalamet, crosses $100 million

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Wonka, a family-friendly look at how Willy Wonka broke into the confection game, topped the box office on Wednesday, adding $8 million to push the film past the $100 million mark domestically. The movie’s stateside gross stands at a delicious $102.5 million. Wonka is also performing well overseas—its global haul of more than $270 million is a strong result for Warner Bros. and the film’s star, Timothée Chalamet.

Migration, Illumination and Universal’s animated adventure about a family of mallards, took second place on the charts, earning $6.3 million. The film has earned a disappointing $30.6 million domestically, but is hoping to draw ticket buyers looking for something to do with their kids over the holiday season, which could bolster its results.

Elsewhere, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom continued to be waterlogged, earning $5.9 million to push the superhero sequel’s domestic gross to $52.5 million. The movie ends DC’s extended universe, an ill-fated attempt to follow Marvel’s playbook that resulted in recent bombs like The Flash and Shazam! Fury of the Gods. James Gunn and Peter Safran, who took over the Warner Bros.-owned studio division in 2022, are rebooting the company’s approach to movies with The Lost Kingdom serving as an ignominious coda to a failed strategy.

The Color Purple, Warner Bros.’ musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, earned $3.8 million to bring its domestic total to an impressive $29 million after three days in theaters. The film was directed by Blitz Bazawule and stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks and Fantasia Barrino. Reviews have been strong and the movie is being positioned as an awards contender.

Sony’s Anyone but You, a romantic comedy with Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell putting a spin on the old opposites attract yarn, rounded out the top five, earning $2.6 million. That leaves the film with a domestic gross of $13.3 million. The good news is the movie only cost $25 million to make.

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