Aquaman is the king of the modern DC Films era. After adding another $9.3M to its domestic box office on Friday, Aquaman has lifted its global total to $887.6M. That puts it ahead of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6) as the DCEU’s new world champion.
The updated total for Aquaman does not include international receipts from yesterday. The film is expected to top $900M worldwide today. It could finish the weekend as high as $925M-$930M.
This is the best performance any DC movie has enjoyed since The Dark Knight Rises ($1.085B) in 2012. More likely than not, Aquaman will break the billion-dollar barrier. It should at least pass The Dark Knight ($1.005B) and still has a shot at topping Rises as the highest-grossing DC movie ever released.
The success of Aquaman might be a factor in Warner Bros. taking its time with The Batman. This is a new era in which Batman will not carry the weight of the DC brand solely on his caped shoulders. Aquaman and Wonder Woman are here and clearly capable of keeping global audiences engaged and entertained.
At this point, I won’t be surprised if we see Aquaman 2 in theaters before we see The Batman.