Aquaman is officially the highest grossing entry in the current Worlds of DC movie series.

The film has accumulated more than $940 million at the worldwide box office, surpassing the $873.6 million made by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice back in 2016. Of the six films that make up the current DC cinematic universe (Wonder Woman, Man of Steel etc) Aquaman stands at the top.

Will Aquaman make $1 billion?

With no major signs of slowing down, Aquaman is now on course to break the $1 billion barrier within the next week. If it achieves this feat (and it should) it stands a strong chance of becoming the most profitable DC movie of all-time.

At present, Aquaman is the third highest grossing DC movie of all-time, sitting just behind The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008) – two movies which are NOT part of the current DC cinematic universe. Both of these Bat-films passed the $1 billion mark in their respective release years.

Why is Aquaman performing so well at the box office?

Aquaman is performing well due to a number of factors:

  • Firstly, the initial social media buzz around Aquaman was very positive, with many online commentators giving it the big thumbs up before it opened. Full reviews were not quite as enthusiastic, but that early buzz helped the movie achieve a strong footing.
  • As strong footings go, the movie opened big in China, taking $93,600,000 at the Chinese box office during its opening weekend! China is a very lucrative market and to date, Aquaman has paddled its way to $261,246,391 in this territory.
  • Word of mouth (from non-official reviewers) has been pretty good. Take a look at Rotten Tomatoes – the audience score for the movie is 80%, suggesting the general public like the movie.
  • Speaking of Rotten Tomatoes, while the film’s review rating is currently 64%, which might not sound that great, this is still pretty decent for a recent DC movie. With the exception of Wonder Woman, no other recent DC film has scored over 56%, so in comparison 64% for Aquaman is pretty good.
  • Finally, there simply seems to be an appetite for Aquaman – perhaps more so than it’s direct competition anyway. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Bumblebee were released around the same time as Aquaman, but there can only be one box office champ and it’s Aquaman. Why? Maybe Aquaman offers something new over the well worn Spidey/Transformer franchises.

Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of Aquaman and as previously noted, I have no real desire to watch it again. But, as it’s not a terrible movie, I can see why it’s doing well and will continue to do well for the foreseeable future.

Now let’s see how long the movie takes to hit $1 billion.