I must admit that earlier this fall I was very skeptical about how Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman would perform in theaters. Especially knowing that around the same time, Disney would be releasing Mary Poppins Returns, Paramounts’ Bumblebee and Fox’s Once Upon a Deadpool the PG-13 version of Deadpool 2. But it looks like James Wan’s Aquaman has conquered the Christmas box office race.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aquaman has finished this past weekend with a total of $751.8 million worldwide. This guarantees that the Jason Momoa lead film will be able to pass the $900 million by the end of it’s theatrical run and become the the third biggest Warner Bros. DC title, only behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It has a small chance that it can clear $1 billion globally, but it’s a long shot. Only eight superhero films have done that, six of them being Marvel films and the other two being the mentioned above Christopher Nolan Batman films.
Aquaman has already done better than the entire theatrical run of most of the other DCEU films like Man of Steel, which grossed $668 million, Justice League $657.9 million and Suicide Squad $746.8 million. It will also soon pass Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman $821.8 million and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice $873.6 million.
Not to bad for the classic DC character that has been often ridiculed for his often misinterpreted power of talking to fish. Domestically Aquaman has grossed $188.8 in it’s first ten days, and overseas $560 million, which include $260 million from China alone. It was able to easily beat out the competition of Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee.
Maybe Warner Bros. should have focused on attention on solo films before they rushed to bring so many characters and huge story lines together that audiences were not invested in. Speaking of which the next DCEU film is SHAZAM! and we’ll see what kind of reception that film gets.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter