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Aquaman Tops The Dark Knight, Crosses $1 Billion at Box Office

Although James Wan's Aquaman will finally lose its top spot at the domestic box office this weekend, the film has now earned an astonishing $1.02 billion worldwide.

According to Forbes, the latest installment in the DC Extended Universe broke $1 billion on Saturday. Aquaman is the third DC film to ever pass that immense milestone and has surpassed 2008's The Dark Knight ($1.004 billion), though it still trails behind 2012's The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion). Still, Aquaman is now the second highest-grossing DC superhero film ever and the eighth highest-grossing live-action superhero movie of all-time.

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Aquaman should cross $300 million at the domestic box office next weekend, which will make it the fourth highest-grossing modern DCEU film domestically, behind Wonder Woman ($412.5 million), Batman v Superman ($330 million) and Suicide Squad ($325 million).

The film's large box office receipts have been due in large part to its performance internationally. Aquaman has earned over $713 million at the worldwide box office and saw a particularly strong performance in China, where it has grossed over $284 million. Estimates project the King of Atlantis' first solo film could earn between $775 and $800 million internationally by the end of its run, which would leave it with a total of more than $1.1 billion. If Aquaman keeps up this momentum, it will easily become the highest-grossing DC superhero movie ever.

Although it has not been officially green lit, Warner Bros. is already talking about a sequel to Aquaman.

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Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Orm, 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 is now in theaters nationwide.

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