AQUAMAN Breaks $1 Billion, Surpasses THE DARK KNIGHT

Aquaman
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Updated January 14, 2019: Aquaman has swam past The Dark Knight to be the second-biggest DC film at the global box office with a $1.02 billion haul after Saturday's receipts came in, according to Variety. The biggest DC worldwide box office hit remains The Dark Knight Rises at $1.084b.

Through Saturday, Aquaman has earned $287.8 million domestically and $732.4m abroad - with $287 of that coming from China.

"We’re thrilled audiences around the world have embraced Aquaman in such a big, big way," said Ron Sanders, Warner Bros’ president of worldwide distribution. "[Jason Momoa], the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support."

Momoa made an Instagram post about the $1b box office over the weekend, attributing the success to his fans.

"Billion dollar underdog. From Baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie," Momoa wrote. "No one gets to the top without the people that love them. My success is from my fans. All my aloha to everyone that hand a hand in making this movie. Mahalo [Zack Snyder] for choosing me and mahalo [James Wan] for creating this beautiful world."

Wan has released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter about the film breaking $1b at the worldwide box office.

"Firstly, massive love and thank you to the fans and audiences around the world," Wan said. "I'll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come."


Updated January 10, 2019: Warner Bros.'s Aquaman is swimming its way to a big benchmark: a $1 billion global box office by this weekend, according to Deadline's estimates.

As of the close of business Wednesday, Aquaman has earned $971.5m worldwide - breaking down to $268.6m in North America and $702.9m internationally.

In Asia, Aquaman has become Warner Bros.'s highest-grossing movie ever, with a particularly strong $284.9m Chinese box office - the second-biggest superhero box office there behind Avengers: Infinity War ($359.5m).
 

Updated January 8, 2019: Aquaman is thriving with a $943 million worldwide take at the box office, according to Variety. That breaks down to $259m in North America but a heady $684m internationally.

With its fourth week in U.S. theaters, Aquaman is now the third-largest DC film at the worldwide box office ever - but the first amongst the DCEU film continuity. The only two DC films to have a higher worldwide box office are The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight ($1.004b).

Variety also reported that Aquaman's budget is more than previously known; the Hollywood trade pegs it as "over $200 million before marketing costs," which is significantly more than the $160m figure The Wrap reported back in August.
 

Updated January 2, 2019: Aquaman has surpassed Wonder Woman at the box office as of January 1, with a global take of $822 million according to Variety.

Breaking it down, Aquaman has earned $216m domestically and $606m internationally - putting it just over the top of Wonder Woman's combined $821.8m box office run.

 

Original Story: Warner Bros.'s Aquaman continues to crest at the box office, amassing a $748.8 million worldwide haul after Saturday's totals, according to Variety. That breaks down to $188.8m in North America to date, with $560m coming overseas. China accounts for $250m of that foreign markets total.

Putting that in perspective, Aquaman is currently has the fifth-largest box office total for any DC film, behind The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion), The Dark Knight ($1.004b), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873m), and Wonder Woman ($821m). This weekend's movie-goers helped Aquaman lap last year's Suicide Squad, which earned $746m worldwide.

This past weekend, Aquaman opened in Australia, Columbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey, with Italy and Japan still scheduled to come online on January 1, 2019 and February 8, 2019, respectively.

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