Ahead of its stateside debut, Aquaman is continuing to dominate the international box office. After taking in nearly $94 million last weekend at the China box office, the film has gone on to open in another seven international markets, which amounted to another $27 million at the international box office this weekend.
To date, Aquaman is currently sitting at $179.1 million internationally, with 28 markets still yet to open. And while the film's earlier box office estimates suggested the film was eyeing an opening around $65 million stateside, Aquaman has already shown strong interest from the general public, pulling ahead of the pre-release purchases of Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther on Atom Tickets.
In its second weekend in release, Aquaman climbed to $147.4 million in China alone. The film took in a further $24 million in the Middle Kingdom, which will help to push the film past the $200 million mark internationally later today. As impressive as Aquaman's international bow has been, the film's Chinese release was made all the more impressive by the fact that the film only declined 45% in its second outing, suggesting it will continue to have legs in the coming weeks.
Given the film's international success, and its projected-to-be-successful stateside run, it seems more than likely a sequel announcement isn't too far off; and with it, an announcement that director James Wan will return to direct the sequel.
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 Dec. 21 nationwide.