Aquaman, the marine musical opera that never stops, is shaping up to be a quite a success story for Warner Bros. In its second weekend in theaters, the Jason Momoa-led superhero flick made an estimated $51.6 million in North America and $85.4 million overseas. Its cumulative worldwide total is now sitting around $748.7 million, putting it in front of it’s DC Extended Universe peers like Justice League, Man of Steel, and Suicide Squad.
It’s likewise just $72 million behind Wonder Woman’s worldwide haul of $821 million, a film that was considered to be no-brainer hit for Warner Bros.
The huge contrast between Wonder Woman and Aquaman, in any case, is that the former made more than half of its worldwide haul in North America, while Aquaman is putting on a clinic at the foreign box office to the tune of $560 million — with ticket sales in China accounting for $232 million of that figure. Aquaman shows that despite mixed reviews from critics and a domestic box office (barring some kind of miracle) that leaves a great deal to be wanted, it can at present be viewed as a win for Warner Bros. what’s more, in itself is a testament to the power of getting a movies released in China (China restricts the number of foreign movies appeared in the nation.) Earlier this fall, Venom, Sony’s antihero superhero silly bomb featuring a man-eating alien symbiote, likewise did well in China, making $270 million in the nation and topping $800 million in its worldwide haul.
For Warner Bros., there was a lot of nervousness surrounding Aquaman due to how poorly Justice League did in 2017. The team-up movie was supposed to be an Avengers-like smash hit for the studio, however was instead a supersized flop.
From that point forward, Warner Bros’. DC Comics movies have been mired in bits of gossip about turmoil, with whispers however no official confirmation that both Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman) are out. Add to that that Warner Bros. is as yet trying to figure out a consistent tone in its superhero movies, and it was very important to the studio for Aquaman not to bomb. And now that it’s delivered, it may give Warner Bros.’s DC Extended Universe some stability, or at the very least a sequel for the undersea superhero.