Box Office: 'Mary Poppins Returns' Sings to $4.8M on Opening Day

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Lin-Manuel Miranda attends a special screening of Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns", hosted by The Cinema Society, at the SVA Theatre on Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. 

Rob Marshall's Mary Poppins Returns topped the Wednesday box office with an opening-day gross of $4.8 million from 4,090 theaters.

The Disney sequel to the 1964 classic film didn't break any records and is instead hoping to dance to huge numbers throughout the year-end holidays as families and general moviegoers become more available. Musicals don't tend to open to big numbers but can enjoy a long run.

Mary Poppins Returns, earning an A- CinemaScore from audiences, came in notably ahead of the $2.5 million earned by fellow musical The Greatest Showman last year on the Wednesday before Christmas but behind the $7.2 million grossed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which opened opposite Showman.

Tracking suggests Mary Poppins Returns will gross roughly $55 million for the Wednesday-Sunday stretch, and north of $70 million between Wednesday and Christmas Day.

On Friday, a slew of films enter the fray, including Warner Bros.' Aquaman -- which has already grossed north of $300 million overseas and is projected to top the Friday-Tuesday stretch with a domestic debut north of $110 million -- and Paramount's Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.

Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews in the original pic, makes a cameo. The story, set two decades after the events of the 1964 movie, sees Mary Poppins return to take care of the Banks family.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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