Warner Bros. and DC Films’ Aquaman continues to dominate both the domestic and global box office even after weeks of release. The film has already broken a lot of records and is still going strong in the league to break a few more in the coming days.
According to a report coming from Variety, Aquaman is likely to retain the number one position at the domestic box office charts for the third consecutive weekend as there is no major release scheduled for this week. The only new film debuting theaters this weekend is Escape Room, which is projected to make around $10 million in its opening weekend. However, as Christmas and New Year’s have already passed, it will be interesting to find out how Aquaman’s week-over-week performance is impacted during the first weekend of 2019.
As of Wednesday, Aquaman has already surpassed 2017’s highly successful Wonder Woman in global ticket sales becoming the second highest-grossing film in the DCEU, when not accounting for inflation. The Jason Momoa led film has grossed $822.9 million in international sales to pass Wonder Woman which grossed $821.8 million worldwide during its entire box office run.
If Aquaman continues to perform at the same pace then it may soon overtake Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) to become the highest-grossing DCEU film and the third largest DC film ever. It is also expected to hit the $1 billion milestone before wrapping up its theatrical run.
After the Justice League debacle, Aquaman is just the film that WB needed to get the DCEU back on the track. The film’s tremendous success is also likely to translate to higher interest in the studio’s next in line film, Shazam!.
The underwater action film starring Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, and Willem Dafoe is currently running in theatres everywhere. Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! will arrive in theatres on April 5, 2019.
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