Aquaman is the little film that could. After a domestic debut that some called a failure the film is now the top grossing DC Cinematic Universe film as it has now earned $940.7 million worldwide and will be the first of that film universe to cross $1 billion (though not the first DC related film).
This past weekend the film earned an estimated $30.7 million to come in first place for the third weekend. It has now earned $259.7 million domestically which is about what Wonder Woman did after the same time period. Wonder Woman went on to gross $407.2 million domestically to be the highest grossing domestic film of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Internationally is where the film has really taken off adding another $56.2 million this past weekend from 79 markets to bring its international total to $681 million.
The film is the top of the new batch of DC films beating the previous king Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by nearly $70 million and that will only expand. As far as all films based on DC Comics, it currently ranks third behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It will need about $150 million to become the highest grossing DC film of all time worldwide and it will likely cross $1 billion. The film still hasn’t opened in Japan and will do so in February 8. That’s the last key market to see release.
In second place was a new film Escape Room which opened with $18 million off of a $9 million budget. Opening weekend audiences gave the film a “B” CinemaScore and demographics had with the crowd split 50/50 between men and women and 53% aged 25 years or older.
In third place was Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns which brought in $15.8 million to bring its domestic total to $138.7 million. Internationally the film added $23 million to bring that total to just below $120 million for a worldwide total of $257.9 million. It opens in Japan on February 1 and in Korea on February 14.
Fourth and fifth place was close with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse holding on to fourth with an estimated $13 million to bring its domestic total to $133.9 million. It added $11.7 million overseas to bring that total to $141.5 million and $275.4 million worldwide. The recent Golden Globe win should boost the film’s box office over the next week or two and a likely Oscar win will do the film well.
In fifth place was Bumblebee which added $12.8 million to its domestic total to bring that to $97.1 million. Internationally the film added $82.7 million to its total with China bringing in $59.4 million in its debut. The international total stands at $192 million with it opening in Japan on March 22, its final key market.
We’ll back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations.