DC’s Aquaman enjoyed yet another weekend at the top of the box office charts. According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie made a further $30.7 million in the US and Canada for the January 4th weekend; it’s now been the No. 1 movie for three straights weeks since its debut.
Aquaman was competing against just one other new release this weekend, Sony’s Escape Room, which took in $18 million for a second-place finish. Marry Poppins Returns ($15.8 million), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse ($13 million), and Bumblebee ($12.8 million) rounded out the Top five at the domestic box office this weekend.
Aquaman has now made $259.7 million at the US/Canada box office and $681 million from international markets for a total global haul of $940.7 million. $1 billion might be possible.
The film is now one of the biggest DC Extended Universe films, beating out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) and Wonder Woman ($821.8 million). The Batman movies The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises each made more than $1 billion, so Aquaman still has some work to do to catch up to those.
Aquaman’s gigantic box office numbers reflect the success that comes with Warner Bros. learning from their past marketing mistakes with the DCEU. While there were plenty of people who had predicted that Aquaman would exceed conservative expectations and overcome lukewarm hype to become a box office success, few could have foreseen just how big a deal it would become.