Aquaman – the latest film in Warner Bros.’ DCEU franchise – continues to make bank worldwide, crossing the $500 million mark at the box office. After the critical and commercial disaster that was Justice League, DC Films was badly in need of a win. Unlike Marvel Studios, which released three new MCU films in 2018, DC took nearly the entire year off. Thankfully, director James Wan’s Aquaman movie seems to have given the DCEU the win it so sorely needed, and hopefully gotten the franchise back headed in the right direction.
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As reported by THR, Aquaman earned an additional $11.2 million domestically on Christmas Eve, giving the Jason Momoa-fronted blockbuster the final push it needed to cross the $500 million mark worldwide. Despite Aquaman just releasing this weekend in the U.S., the film has received a staggered international release over the last few weeks, and the strategy has paid off in a major way. Aquaman now sits at an about $80 million domestic haul, plus over $420 million from foreign markets.
Aquaman looks set to firmly establish star Momoa as an A-lister, and luckily for Warner Bros., the actor is already under contract for another DCEU movie. One person not under contract for a sequel is director Wan, who recently hinted that he wasn’t sure if he even wanted to make another superhero movie so quickly after Aquaman, and might instead opt to do something else. For DC’s sake though, hopefully he’ll sign on, as after so many years being made fun of, Wan and Momoa have officially made Aquaman cool.
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