James Wan’s “Aquaman” came in second place this weekend at the domestic box office trailing the “Upside” which brought in $19.5 million. With 17.26 million in its fourth weekend, “Aquaman” topped $1 billion. It became the only DC Extended Universe movie to top $1 billion and trails only the “The Dark Knight Rises” as far as DC adaptations go, according to Box Office Mojo.
Aquaman’s domestic total is at $287.8 million while it’s foreign total is $732.4 million, which brings its cume to $1.02 billion. It just narrowly beat out the “Dark Knight” which brought in $1.004 billion. A giant chunk of Aquaman’s international box office came from China with $284 million beating out all other DC movies.
Forbes is estimating that Aquaman will finish its box office run with $1.1 billion topping the “The Dark Knight Rises”, which stands at $1.084 billion, making it the highest earning DC movie. However, it will still trail Marvel’s all-time greatest money makers. Six Marvel movies, Iron Man 3, Captain American: Civil War, Black Panther, and the three Avenger movies have made more than $1.3 billion at the box office. Still, not bad for a movie about one man’s complicated relationship with sea creatures.
As for James Wan, this is the second movie he has directed that has surpassed $1 billion. His first movie to have passed $1 billion was the Furious 7 which brought in $1.5 billion. The 41 years old Malaysian Chinese Australian now American director has proven himself of helming giant big-budget blockbusters. Pretty pretty good for a director who started out with micro-budget horror movies like “Saw” and is now one of the most bankable directors working today.
Warner Bros has not greenlit the sequel to Aquaman yet but that’s just a matter of time. Talks are underway but it is unknown if James Wan will return to direct the sequel. But man meat Jason Mamoa will return as the King of Atlantis and will swim with the fishes once again.