While “Aquaman” may have had the DC Extended Universe’s worst opening weekend, the film still managed to crack the top ten opening weekends of all-time at the December box office. Sadly for the King of Atlantis, “Aquaman” actually had the lowest opening weekend in the DCEU, but there are still plenty of reasons for fans to celebrate the recent release.
In the DCEU, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” still has the highest opening record. The film debuted back in March 2016 with a $166M domestic opening, and the film earned the second-place slot on the opening weekend chart for the month. The highest opening for March still belongs to Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $174M domestically. The second highest opening for the DCEU belongs to “Suicide Squad” and the film’s $133M opening weekend back in August 2016. Despite the film’s poor reviews at the time, “Suicide Squad” still stands as the highest opener for August, even beating Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” “Man of Steel” is next on the list for the DCEU, that film opened with $116M in June 2013. “Man of Steel” currently holds fifth-place overall on the opening weekend charts for June and the film was the primer for the new DCEU as we know it today. “Wonder Woman” opened with $103M in June 2017, the film joins “Man of Steel” on the top ten list for June and sits at eighth-place overall. “Justice League” held the lowest-opening record in the DCEU before “Aquaman” was released, but the film still made $93M when it debuted in theaters back in November 2017. Just like “Aquaman,” the film managed to break the top ten list for the month and currently sits in tenth-place on the opening chart for November.
“Aquaman” hit theaters this past weekend, and December is one of the biggest months of the year at the box office. Cracking into the top ten list in such a busy month is no small feat, and fans should be happy to see the character in any list that contains “The Hobbit” and “Star Wars” franchises.
The top ten highest grossing opening weekends for the month of December are: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $247.9M; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with $220M; “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with $155M; “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” with $84M; “I Am Legend” with $77M; “Avatar” with $77M; “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” with $73M; “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” with $72.6M; and “Aquaman” with $67.4M. Tenth-place now belongs to Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” which had a $65.5M debut.
As you can see, “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings” dominate the December chart, putting Aquaman in the midst of some very impressive company.
Excluding “Deadpool” and the “Spider-Man” solo movies with Tom Holland, Marvel has ten titles spread out across the year. Not including the recently acquired FOX titles, Disney has over 20.