Aquaman $1 billion DC: become the first DC Extended Universe film.
Arthur Curry? More like Arthur Hurry to the box office to make Aquaman a lot of money.
That horrific joke can only mean one thing: the box office receipts for Aquaman have now surpassed $1 billion worldwide! Box Office Mojo reports that as of January 13, 2019, Aquaman’s worldwide earnings stand at $1.02 billion. The DC Extended Universe film reached the $1 billion landmark following a successful fourth weekend in theaters, taking in $17.26 million domestically and $27.9 million worldwide, good for second behind The Upside.
Improbably, Aquaman is the first DC Extended Universe film to reach $1 billion. Of all the previous entries into Warner Bros. attempt at a Marvel-like cinematic universe, only Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) and Wonder Woman ($821.8 million) came close. Justice League, which featured Aquaman, himself, along with four other big ticket DC heroes took in “only” $659 million worldwide.
Aquamanisn’t the first DC character to have a film reach the $1 billion mark though. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises both reached $1 billion worldwide, though those movies exist outside the DCEU canon. The Dark Knight Rises remains the highest grossing film featuring any DC superhero ever with $1.08 billion. Aquaman seems certain to pass that though as it has not even opened in Japan yet.
Aquaman’s path to success undoubtedly has to do with decent reviews and a positive word of mouth. It’s critical performance is second to only Wonder Woman among DCEU films. Then there’s also the Jason Momoa factor. The people just love their Khal Drogo. Aquaman director James Wan had a clear handle on both the character and what modern audiences are looking for from a DC comic book movie.