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Aquaman is now the biggest DC comic movie of all time

James Wan’s spinoff tops all three Christopher Nolan Bat-films in worldwide totals

aquaman in original costume Warner Bros. Pictures
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

All hail the King of Atlantis: Aquaman is now officially DC’s top-grossing movie worldwide.

The underwater spectacle was treading water in the number two spot earlier in January, but thanks to another major weekend around the world, Jason Momoa’s superhero vehicle has reached a $1.09 billion worldwide total. That splashes past the $1.085 billion mark set by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, making the movie DC Comics and Warner Bros. top-performing superhero adaptation.

Though Aquaman now tops the DC charts, the James Wan-directed film is only the seventh top-grossing film comic book movie of all time. The top six are all Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, including Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 3, Black Panther, then the three Avengers films taking the top three spots of the worldwide box office (Infinity War, first Avengers, and Ultron in that order, if you were curious).

When it comes to the domestic box office, however, Aquaman still staggers behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, with $316 million. The top domestic superhero movie? Black Panther, with over $700 million.

Now to see if Aquaman 2 can ride the wave ...

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