Extended Universe feature to hit that milestone.isn’t just King of the Seven Seas. As of this weekend, he’s King of the Box Office, as his feature film crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide, the first DC
The film’s international earnings now stand at $1.02 billion, Box Office Mojo reports, as it earned another $17.26 million domestically and $27.9 million internationally over the weekend. It’s earned $287.3 million in China alone, the site says.
While Aquaman is the first movie from the unofficially named-DC Extended Universe to earn a billion dollars, it’s not the first-ever film from DC Comics to do so. The Dark Knight from 2008 and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. The Dark Knight Rises, in fact, is still ahead of Aquaman with earnings of $1.0849 billion. That film came out in 2012, a year before the DC Extended Universe launched in 2013 with Man of Steel.
This marks director James Wan’s second billion-dollar hit. Prior to Aquaman, Wan was perhaps best known for his contributions to the horror genre; together with creative partner Leigh Whannell, he created both the Saw series and the Insidious series.
Both series have had big successes, but it was ultimately Wan’s gig directing Furious 7 that marked his entry into the billion dollar filmmakers club. The seventh entry in the Fast and the Furious series, historically a popular one overseas, amassed $1.5 billion at the global box office.
Aquaman is the fifth movie released in 2018 to cross $1 billion. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Incredibles 2 all got there first.
Source: Box Office Mojo