New movies open on Christmas, but "Aquaman" sequel rules.

– "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" topped the pre-Christmas weekend box office with $28.1 million in North America and a projected $40 million by Monday.

– Despite multiple new releases, it was a quieter weekend, partly due to Christmas Eve falling on a prime weekend day.

– On Christmas Day, highly anticipated films include "The Color Purple" musical adaptation and Michael Mann's racing film "Ferrari."

– George Clooney's "The Boys in the Boat," based on a best-selling book, also debuts on Christmas.

– The Christmas-New Year period is traditionally lucrative for movie theaters, providing a boost to these releases.

– Notable past holiday earners like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Avatar," and "Spider-Man: No Way Home" overshadow this year's lineup.

– "Rogue Squadron," Patty Jenkins' Star Wars movie, was originally scheduled for release this weekend.

– "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" is estimated to have a $120 million global debut, with a production cost of around $200 million.

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