Aquaman is officially a billion dollar movie now.
Just over a month after its initial release, in China on Dec. 7, the latest entry in the DC Extended Universe has become the 37th movie in history to make more than $1 billion at the global box office. It‘s also the only DC Extended Universe release to reach that milestone.
That‘s especially impressive when you realize that Aquaman, with just $287.9 million earned so far in the U.S. (where it opened on Dec. 21), is so far the worst-performing DCEU movie domestically after Justice League. Most of Aquaman‘s success — $732.4 million, to be exact — came from audiences outside the United States.
(To be fair, Aquaman‘s only been out in the U.S. for just over three weeks. It made an estimated $17.3 million domestically this weekend, its fourth, and it‘s likely to beat Man of Steel‘s $291 million take before next weekend.)
Aquaman may be on top for the DCEU but it‘s not the first DC Comics movie to hit $1 billion. Director Christopher Nolan‘s gritty Batman takes in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises both eclipsed, barely, $1 billion in global ticket sales. Aquaman currently falls between the two, with $1.02 billion in total.
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 only (only??) 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.
All box office data provided by comScore and Box Office Mojo.