Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" led the rush of new releases at the box office the weekend before Christmas Monday.

DC and Warner Bros. superhero sequel starring Jason Momoa earns an estimated $28.1 million in its first three days

It will be released in 3,706 locations in North America, according to the studio's estimate on Sunday.

Domestic ticket sales through Monday are estimated to be about $40 million.

Despite several new offerings — including the family-friendly animated film "Migration," an R-rated romantic comedy

Any Bird But You," a ghostly tearjerker in the wrestling tragedy "The Iron Claw" and "All of Us Strangers.

This would go down as a quiet pre-holiday frame at the box office.

Moviegoers probably had other priorities than watching movies.