Aquaman has officially passed Venom, Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the global box office, continuing its hot streak since its release late last year. This adds to the film’s long list of milestones after it recently helped Warner Bros. achieve its highest box office numbers ever in 2018.
Aquaman, the first standalone effort featuring the character and starring Jason Momoa in the title role, has made tidal waves at the box office thus far, recently passing 2017’s Wonder Woman to become the second highest DC Extended Universe film released to date. DCEU films aside, Aquaman has also passed other notable box office hits, beating surprise success stories like Venom at the domestic box office. The film has definitely resonated with audiences despite a lukewarm critical reception and it should at least hit $900 million worldwide before the end of its run, with some even speculating that a billion dollar overall is not outside the realm of possibilities.
Regardless of where Aquaman finishes its run, the film has hit yet another series of milestones at the worldwide box office. According to Comic Book, Aquaman recently crossed $866 million worldwide on Thursday, officially passing Venom ($856 million), Thor: Ragnarok ($854 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863 million) at the box office.
While Aquaman has been on the lower side of DCEU films domestically (it will pass Justice League‘s unimpressive $229 million domestic total this weekend) its international performance is simply astounding. The fact that it has now overtaken three highly popular films, two of which are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is enough cause for celebration. Assuming the film doesn’t completely crash and burn this upcoming weekend (which is unlikely, considering the lack of competition domestically) it should also pass Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($872 million) to become the highest grossing DCEU film released to date, when not accounting for inflation.
Considering the doom and gloom early projections before Aquaman‘s release, the James Wan-helmed film has performed beyond anyone’s expectations and served to reinvigorate the DCEU for Warner Bros. and everyone involved. A billion dollar worldwide gross seems more and more likely, though it’s again not a guarantee and anything can happen in the unpredictable world of entertainment. Either way, an Aquaman sequel, which Momoa reportedly has a lot of ideas for, seems like a foregone conclusion at this point and the character, along with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, could help carry the DCEU into the next phase of its rocky and inconsistent life cycle.