Warner Bros. Pictures’ is celebrating the amazing success of “Aquaman” at the box office. The film has earned more than $1B worldwide in a little more than a month, taking the top spot in the DCEU and breaking a few records overall for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Following a tremendous launch campaign that started in China, the film has become the highest grossing DCEU installment ever, beating “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” which made $873M globally. The film is also expected to beat “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” which made $1.004B and $1.08B respectively. “Aquaman” hitting the $1B mark was announced today by Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
“We’re thrilled audiences around the world have embraced ‘Aquaman’ in such a big, big way,” said Sanders. “Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support.”
Wan stated, “Firstly, Massive LOVE and THANK YOU to the fans and audiences around the world. Humbled by the way you’ve embraced ‘Aquaman’ and how it has resonated on a global scale. I’ll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic Super Heroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come. Huge thank you to the amazing cast—Amber, Patrick, Nicole, Yahya, Willem, Temuera, Dolph, Ludi—for breathing life into our beloved characters. And, of course, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the incredible achievement of everyone involved, from the heads of department to every single crew member, who demanded utmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience.”
Aquaman’s $1.02B total is now the second-highest DC film ever worldwide, behind only “The Dark Knight Rises,” which made $1.08B. Since Aquaman is still in theaters, it could top that record in a week or two.
“Aquaman” has taken in $287.9M domestically, and is now also the second highest grossing Warner Bros. film of all time internationally, with $732.4M to date. “Aquaman” is also the biggest DC film of all time internationally; and the highest grossing Warner Bros. film ever in China, with $287.3M.
Jason Momoa stars in the film in the title role, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as the revenge-seeking Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna. Also featured are Ludi Lin as Captain Murk and Temuera Morrison as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Wan directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC. The film was produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.