Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Aquaman” is quickly becoming one of the more successful DCEU installments. The film, which released in theaters domestically last week, has surpassed “Justice League” in opening week comparison. James Wan directed the new installment for Warner Bros. Pictures; the film starred Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe. “Aquaman” pulled in over $137M domestically this week, that’s almost $7M more than “Just League” earned in its first week in theaters.
There is one difference between “Aquaman” and “Justice League” that we should point out, “Aquaman” had pre-release screenings that gave it a slight boost. The total gross for the week does show that fans were eager to watch Jason Momoa in his first solo adventure as the aquatic superhero, but in reality, the two films are very close to one another in first-week sales.
Being this close to “Justice League” one-week out is an impressive feat for “Aquaman.” Unlike “Justice League,” which had a $93.8M opening weekend, “Aquaman” had the lowest opening weekend in the DCEU with a $67M debut. “Aquaman” was able to make up the almost $30M opening deficit in just a few days, even though the film released in December during an extremely crowded box office. The film opened against Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee,” both of which had great reviews going into their opening weekend. We should note that Disney released “Mary Poppins” the day before “Aquaman” splashed into theaters.
“Aquaman” has already hit the $500M mark globally, thanks to an incredible debut in China and other overseas markets. The film is expected to make over $750M in theaters worldwide, which would topple Justice League’s $657M total. If the film does manage to hit the $750M mark, it will also beat “Suicide Squad” which had $746M gross in theaters, and “Man of Steel” which had a $668M total. The $750M mark would stop short of Wonder Woman’s $821M total.