Warner Bros’ Aquaman has become the highest grossing film based on a DC Comics character. The film over the weekend broke The Dark Knight Rises’ record, and has made $1.09 billion worldwide. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises was previously the highest grossing DC film ever, with a worldwide total of $1.85 billion.
In the US, Aquaman still trails The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight. Worldwide it is the seventh biggest superhero film of all time, trailing six Marvel movies, including Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3, Black Panther, and the three Avengers movies.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman is a part of the DC Extended Universe of films, which began in 2013 with Man of Steel, and in 2017 delivered its lowest grossing entry, Justice League. With the exception of Wonder Woman, each of the DCEU movies has received mixed to negative reviews. Aquaman bucked the trend with a ‘fresh’ rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
when crossing the coveted $1 billion worldwide, Wan tweeted,
“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.”