Aquaman has done it. It has beaten its final competition and surpassed the lifetime earnings of Batman v Superman to become the highest grossing DCEU movie of all time worldwide. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice made $873.6 million across the globe, $330.3 million of which came The Dark Knight Rises from the North American market. Aquaman comfortably sailed past that total when it added another $9.3 million at the domestic box office taking its global total to $887.6 million.
Aquaman has also beaten Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises internationally with its $649.3 million overseas haul. This makes it the highest grossing DC Comics movie of all time internationally. Worldwide, Aquaman looks to pass $900 million in the next day or two and even has a shot at making $1 billion worldwide. The next milestones would be beating The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises which would make Aquaman the biggest DC Comics movie of all time, quite a feat to accomplish.
James Wan’s Aquaman has been doing remarkably well. It’s received positively for the most part with everyone uninamously praising the visuals although the by-the-numbers origin story tropes have gained some flak. Even so, Aquaman is clearly a hit (or a blockbuster, if you will) with audiences who’re flocking to theaters to experience this spectacle on the biggest screen possible. We now officially live in a world where an Aquaman movie has done better globally than a movie featuring Batman and Superman, clearly signalling that audiences are ready to explore the adventures of newer, unknown heroes.