A few years back, if I told you that a solo Aquaman film was going to gross the most amount out over a film that featured Batman fighting Superman as well as a Justice League film, I would be called crazy right? I mean the often ridiculed member of the Justice League for his misunderstood powers was going to take down two films featuring DC Comics’ trinity?
We know thanks for Forbes that it has indeed happened. On Friday James Wan’s Aquaman added another $9.3 million to it’s domestic box office on Friday, bringing it’s global total to $887.6 million putting it ahead of Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hauled in $873.6 million. This puts Aquaman as the highest grossing DCEU film of all time. These figures do not include international numbers, which will probably put Aquaman over $900 million today.
The last time a DC film did this well in theaters was back in 2012 with Christopher Nolan’s third film in his Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Ann Hathaway. That film made $1.085 billion and to date is the highest grossing DC film. Right behind it is Nolan’s second film in the franchise from 2008 The Dark Knight, also starring Bale as well as the late Heath Ledger, which brought in $1.005 billion dollars. Although very unlikely, Aquaman still has a shot to pass these two films.
Hopefully Warner Bros. gets the message that it is unnecessary to cram so many characters and storylines in films to try and keep up with a studio that has already been doing it for over 10 years. It’s proven with films like Wonder Woman and Aquaman, heck i’ll throw in Bumblebee (I know it’s not DC but it still proves the point) that less is more. Now the pressure shifts to their next solo film, SHAZAM! which will hit theaters on April 5th.
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Warner Bros. Aquaman is now playing in theaters everywhere.
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