The guy in the gold and green costume ain’t a joke anymore.
Two weeks before it premieres in the United States on December 21, James Wan’s Aquaman has gotten off to a huge start at the international box office taking in $93.6 million debut in its China debut.
The next entry in the DCEU now holds the record for the biggest opening ever for a DC Comics property in China and the biggest opening ever in China for Warner Bros. topping previous studio record-holder Ready Player One ($61.6M). It is also the fifth-biggest opening for a superhero film ever and the fourth largest opening for a U.S. film this year.
Wonder Woman who? Batman v Superman what?
The underwater adventure has already topped the entire lifetime gross of both Princess Diana ($90.4M) and Man of Steel ($63.4M) in China and should surpass both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($95.7M).
As for the domestic box office, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet ($16M; $258.1M worldwide total), Universal’s The Grinch ($15M; $322.3M worldwide total), MGM’s Creed II ($10M; $119.6M worldwide total), Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($6.8M; $568.5M worldwide total), and 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody ($6M; $596.5M worldwide total) made up the Top 5.
Comscore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Warner Bros.’ Aquaman made a huge splash in China in its International debut, breaking industry records with an impressive $93.6 million earned from approximately 33,000 3D screens. Notably, Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald both crossed the $400 million mark internationally this weekend.”
The top 12 domestic weekend box office estimates are below:
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Disney – $16.1M
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Universal – $15.2M
Creed II – MGM – $10.3M
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald – Warner Bros. – $6.8M
Bohemian Rhapsody – 20th Century Fox – $6.0M
Instant Family – Paramount – $5.6M
Green Book – Universal – $3.9M
Robin Hood – Lionsgate – $3.6M
Possession Of Hannah Grace, The – Sony – $3.2M
Widows – 20th Century Fox – $3.1M
Star Is Born, A – Warner Bros. – $2.5M
Favourite, The – Fox Searchlight – $1.4M
The top 12 worldwide weekend box office estimates are below:
Aquaman – Warner Bros. – $93.6M
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Universal – $41.1M
Bohemian Rhapsody – 20th Century Fox – $35.2M
Ralph Breaks The Internet – Disney – $34.1M
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald – Warner Bros. – $28.8M
Mortal Engines – Universal – $17.9M
Creed II – Warner Bros. – $15.5M
Robin Hood – Multiple – $11.1M
Nutcracker And The Four Realms, The – Disney – $9.0M
Possession Of Hannah Grace, The – Sony – $8.0M
Widows – 20th Century Fox – $7.6M
Instant Family – Paramount Pictures – $7.3M