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Aquaman is Now the Highest-Grossing DC Superhero Movie Ever

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 MojoAquaman 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 inflationDark 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.

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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.

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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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