Aqua­man of­fi­cially passes Jus­tice League at the global box of­fice

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De­cem­ber 21.

In­dus­try an­a­lysts pre­dicted this would hap­pen – Aqua­man rul­ing the box of­fice high seas and swim­ming to suc­cess with ease — but now it has of­fi­cially come true. Let's hear it for fish­boy from the TV!

Not only has Aqua­man bested Jus­tice League, but it has also sur­passed Sui­cide Squad, which earned $746.8 mil­lion in­ter­na­tion­ally through­out its the­atri­cal run, and Man of Steel, which grossed $668 mil­lion. If the film con­tin­ues along this money-pluck­ing path, it will likely flip its fins past Won­der Woman and po­ten­tially even Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice. The Gal Gadot-star­rer is cur­rently the se­cond high­est-gross­ing DCEU en­try, hav­ing earned $821.8 mil­lion world­wide, and the dark and di­vi­sive Zack Sny­der ef­fort sits at the top of the fran­chise with its $873.6 mil­lion global pull.

There's plenty of time for Aqua­man to ride the waves Aqua­man is mak­ing huge waves at the box of­fice, hav­ing al­ready drowned fel­low DC Ex­tended Uni­verse film Jus­tice League as far as in­ter­na­tional prof­its are con­cerned.

As of De­cem­ber 30, the Ja­son Mo­moa-led su­per­hero pic has pulled in $748.8 mil­lion world­wide (via Va­ri­ety) — mean­ing Aqua­man has made more in its first few weeks out than Jus­tice League did in its en­tire run, dur­ing which it yielded a sad-in-com­par­i­son $657.9 mil­lion over­all.

Aqua­man's near-$750 mil­lion pull ac­counts for the $51.5 mil­lion it took home in North Amer­ica and $85.4 mil­lion it earned across 78 in­ter­na­tional mar­kets this week­end. View­ing earn­ings only from over­seas ter­ri­to­ries, Aqua­man has raked in $560 mil­lion — of which a mas­sive $250 mil­lion has come from China. Do­mes­ti­cally, movie­go­ers have shelled out $188.8 mil­lion to see Mo­moa do his thing as Arthur Curry in the days since the James Wandi­rected movie swam ashore on and beat out the two movies that stand above it, and if it does, the film could rep­re­sent the start of a new era of the DCEU. The fran­chise has strug­gled for a while now, with the tides only just turn­ing into lighter, brighter, prof­itable ter­ri­tory last year when Won­der Woman soared into cin­e­mas and shat­tered a ton of records. Though it will take more than a sin­gle stel­lar su­per­hero movie to re­vi­tal­ize the DCEU and undo the dam­age other writ­ers and di­rec­tors have done, it's a won­der­ful, warm­ing sign that when Aqua­man came in with his tri­dent a-twirling, peo­ple re­sponded in­cred­i­bly well to him and his movie that fea­tures Dolph Lund­gren with patchy red hair and a Pit­bull-sung remix of "Africa" by Toto.

2018 has been strange all around, but the fact that Aqua­man is per­form­ing this well is pos­si­bly the most bonkers thing to have hap­pened all year — and we're not com­plain­ing. We don't sus­pect Warner Bros. and DC Films are ei­ther.

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