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‘Wonka’ Wins Box Office To Close Out 2023


Wrapping up a turbulent 2023, Wonka has emerged victorious at the box office over the lengthy New Year’s weekend.

New estimates released Monday morning put the domestic total of the Warner Bros. origin picture, which stars Timothée Chalamet as young candymaker Willy Wonka, at $140.2 million as of Monday morning. The film is expected to earn an estimated $29.5 million over the four-day holiday weekend. It made $39.1 million in 77 different regions, for a total of $384.6 million worldwide and a respectable $244.4 million abroad.

Wonka is a 2023 musical fantasy film directed by Paul King, who co-wrote the screenplay with Simon Farnaby based on a story by King. It tells the origin story of Willy Wonka, a character in the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, featuring his early days as a chocolatier.[8] The film stars Timothée Chalamet in the title role and an ensemble cast including Calah Lane, Keegan-Michael Key, Paterson Joseph, Matt Lucas, Mathew Baynton, Sally Hawkins, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carter, Natasha Rothwell, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Grant. It is the third live-action film based on Dahl’s novel.

The top 12 films at the U.S. box office are as follows:

#TitleDistributor NameWeekend Total # of LocsLoc AvgCume Total% Change
1WonkaWarner Bros.$23,950,0004,115$5,820$134,602,71732.69%
2Aquaman and the Lost KingdomWarner Bros.$19,500,0003,787$5,149$77,845,000-29.60%
4Color Purple, TheWarner Bros.$13,000,0003,203$4,059$45,300,000
5Anyone But YouSony$9,000,0003,055$2,946$25,085,00050.00%
6Boys in the Boat, TheMGM$8,317,0002,557$3,253$21,914,924
7Iron Claw, TheA24$5,044,8472,794$1,806$16,359,9943.62%
8FerrariNeon Rated$4,063,9102,386$1,703$10,920,617
9Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, TheLionsgate$2,900,0001,660$1,747$159,867,500-4.76%
10Boy and the Heron, TheGKIDS$2,504,418900$2,783$35,968,236-10.21%
11Godzilla Minus OneEmick$2,370,0001,180$2,008$45,671,401-10.38%
12Poor ThingsSearchlight$2,329,000800$2,911$10,334,1849.92%