Aquaman has been doing some serious damage overseas and raking-in some impressive box office numbers in markets like China.
However, this didn’t exactly translate to a massive domestic opening has fans and journalists had speculated based on tracking. Over the three day weekend, Aquaman earned about $67.4 million, making it the lowest domestic opening for a DCU film since the launch of their cinematic universe starting with Man of Steel. It sits just under Justice League’s opening of $93.8 million.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN $166 MILLION
SUICIDE SQUAD $133.7 MILLION
MAN OF STEEL $116.6 MILLION
WONDER WOMAN $103 MILLION
JUSTICE LEAGUE $93.8 MILLION
AQUAMAN $67.4 MILLION
I’ve been pointing out for over a month that people should expect a lower opening due to the bloated release rollout of the last two weekends, making Aquaman’s chances to hit $100 million out of the gate domestically almost impossible as there was too much competition. Attempting to give fans a realistic idea of what to expect, it happened to turn out to be true. Luckily, it’ll have January and possibly even February (in certain markets) to keep trucking along and gather a little steam domestically.
Not every movie can earn $100 million opening weekend.
On the global front, it’s doing fantastic for a film budgeted over $200 million as it’s now said to have crossed the $500 million mark and certainly is good news. There is a good chance that when the dust settles Aquaman could end up the highest-grossing DCU film globally, potentially bumping off Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman.
At the very least, you can expect plenty of sequels on the horizon.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER