‘Aquaman’ Officially Hits $1 Billion

by Joshua Raynor
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They said it wouldn’t happen… and they were wrong!  The latest entry from DC Films, Aquaman, has officially become the first DCEU film to break the $1 billion mark, and is currently the second highest box office haul for any DC movie, surpassing The Dark Knight, but trailing just slightly behind The Dark Knight Rises.

Domestically, James Wan’s Aquaman stands at about $286 million and should cross $300+ million during next weekend’s MLK holiday. It should be able to reach somewhere around $315-320 million in North America, making it the fourth-highest grossing release of the current DCEU slate of films, behind Wonder Woman ($412.5 million), Batman v Superman ($330 million), and Suicide Squad ($325 million).

It’s interesting to note that Aquaman actually had the second-lowest number of domestic opening screens among all DCEU films (ahead of only Justice League), and had the fourth-lowest number of total domestic screens during its run (ahead of Wonder Woman and Justice League).

It is the foreign marketplace where Aquaman reigns supreme among DC heroes, with a current $713 million gross, far ahead of the nearest challenger (Batman v Superman, with $543 million). That figure should rise to roughly $775-800 million by the end of its run, pushing the worldwide total beyond $1.1+ billion, topping The Dark Knight Rises to become the biggest DC superhero movie of all time and lifting the total DCEU global gross past $4.8+ billion from all six films.

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