Still two weeks away from its North American release and Aquaman is already making big waves as it opens overseas.
The latest DCEU film has earned $24.6 million in China during its first full opening day after earning $1.19 million from Thursday night previews. This gives the film the highest earning opening day box office of any Warner Bros. release in the country. The previous record holder was Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice which earned $21.2 million on its opening day including Thursday previews in 2016.
Well on its way to having the best opening weekend box office of any DCEU film in film in China, the highest opening weekend total for the studio currently remains with Batman v. Superman, which earned $57.2 over the course of its first weekend in theaters.
With strong word-of-mouth buzz and Chinese audiences especially receptive to Hollywood superhero films, the studio hopes Aquaman will have staying power at the cinemas as last year's Justice League is the only DCEU film to date to earn over $100 million cumulatively in China. And with its impressive Chinese opening, the studio's tentative plans for a sequel have just taken a much larger step towards becoming a reality.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, and Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna. The film opens on December 21.