Jason Momoa as Aquaman was a sight for sore eyes. In addition to Momoa’s exceptional acting, the graphics and locations of the movie seemed to leave the audience smitten. So, it was no surprise when the box office sales of the movie touched the sky.
DC Comics has now a new winner for the highest grossing movie in the DC Universe. James Wan’s Aquaman has surpassed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as the highest grossing DC movie ever.
“The Dark Knight Rises” starring Christian Bale earned a soaring high of 1.085 billion dollars after its release in 2012. However, it was put to the second position when Aquaman earned 1.09 billion dollars within two months of its initial release.
It’s been a successful couple of years for the DCU (DC Extended Universe), with ensemble movie “Justice League” (2017) and “Wonder Woman” earning respectively 657.9 and 821 million dollars at the box office.
However, even though James Wan’s Aquaman has topped the DC Comics charts, it still ranks seventh on the overall list of the highest grossing comic book movies of all time.
The first six positions are all taken up by rival Marvel movies in the following order: Iron Man 3, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and the three Avengers films (first Avengers, Age of Ultron and Infinity War).
Director James Wan has expressed his emotions on Twitter. He wrote: “For years Aquaman has been an orange-shirted punchline…No one is laughing anymore.
“And this weekend when the King of Atlantis surpasses the Dark Knight of Gotham City, orange will officially be the new black for Warner Bros. Crazy.”
“For years Aquaman has been an orange-shirted punchline… No one is laughing anymore. And this weekend when the King of Atlantis surpasses the Dark Knight of Gotham City, orange will officially be the new black for Warner Bros.”
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) January 26, 2019
The movie also stars actors Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman and Patrick Wilson.
Aquaman is set to have a sequel also directed by James Wan. Let’s hope that this new wave lives up to the same tide.