When it comes to movies, Marvel might get most of the fanfare, but films based on DC Comics characters do pretty well too. Not only does DC have a legion of fans, it also makes big bucks at the box office.
But what is the highest grossing DC movie?
The highest grossing DC movie
The highest grossing DC movie is Aquaman (2018). The film has taken more at the box office than The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Wonder Woman (2017) and Joker (2019).
Back in 2018, after an incredibly successful theatrical run Aquaman closed with a whopping $1,148,461,807 at the worldwide box office. This figure pushed the film into the lead as the most successful movie based on a DC Comics character.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) was previously the No. 1 DC Comics movie, having taken $1,081,041,287 back in 2012. But Aquaman usurped the Bat by around $67 million.
Top ten highest grossing DC movies
Here is the list of the top ten highest grossing DC movies:
- 1) Aquaman (2018) – $1,148,461,807
- 2) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – $1,081,041,287
- 3) Joker (2019) – $1,074,251,311
- 4) The Dark Knight (2008) – $1,004,934,033
- 5) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – $873,634,919
- 6) Wonder Woman (2017) – $821,847,012
- 7) Suicide Squad (2016) – $746,846,894
- 8) Man of Steel (2013) – $668,045,518
- 9) Justice League (2017) – $657,924,295
- 10) Batman (1989) – $411,556,825
Source: Box Office Mojo
Charting Aquaman’s box office success
Here is Aquaman’s rise to success…
Dec 8th/9th 2018
Over the weekend of December 8th/9th 2018, Aquaman kicked off its staggered worldwide release by opening in China. And as it turned out, Chinese audiences were keen to watch the movie.
Aquaman opened to an impressive $93,600,000! Damn good going for a lesser-known DC hero and also the studio’s largest opening weekend in China.
Jan 3rd 2019
By January 3rd, Aquaman (2018) had overtaken Wonder Woman (2017) at the worldwide box office. The film accumulated $822 million to Wonder Woman‘s $821 million.
Jan 6th 2019
By January 6th, Aquaman officially became the highest grossing entry in the current DC movie series.
The film 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 then six films that made up the DC cinematic universe (Wonder Woman, Man of Steel etc) Aquaman stood at the top.
With no major signs of slowing down, Aquaman was on course to break the $1 billion barrier within a week. Achieving this feat would give the movie a strong chance of becoming the most profitable DC movie of all-time.
At this point in time, Aquaman was the third highest grossing DC movie of all-time, sitting just behind The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and The Dark Knight (2008).
Jan 13th 2019
By January 13th, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman hit a MAJOR milestone. The movie passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, accumulating $1,020,261,781.
Jan 24th 2019
Not content with its status as a $1 billion+ movie, Aquaman set its sights on another milestone – the aim to become the highest grossing DC movie of all-time.
Aquaman accumulated $1,067,152,007 at the worldwide box office. It needed to rake in another $18 million to surpass The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and become the No.1 DC movie.
After surpassing The Dark Knight Rises, Aquaman rose to $1,148,461,807.
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