As its immensely profitable run at the box office continues, James Wan's Aquaman has now become the highest-grossing DC superhero film of all time, surpassing Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
According to Box Office Mojo, Aquaman has earned $1.09 billion worldwide. This puts it above Dark Knight Rises, which earned $1.08 billion at the worldwide box office upon its release in 2012. This does not account for inflation. Accounting for inflation, Dark Knight Rises earned the equivalent of approximately $1.187 billion in 2019, putting it a fair bit ahead of Aquaman. Still, Aquaman is now the eighth highest-grossing superhero movie of all time.
The film's large box office receipts have been due in large part to its performance overseas. Aquaman has earned over $774 million at the international box office and saw a particularly strong performance in China, where it has grossed over $294 million. Domestically, Aquaman hasn't fared nearly as well as Dark Knight Rises, which earned $448 million as compared to Aquaman's $316 million.
Warner Bros. is already talking about a sequel, though Wan is waiting for the right script before signing on.
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.