James Wan's DC film Aquaman is giving Warner Bros. a boost thanks to robust advance ticket sales ahead of the film's Dec. 21 release.
According to Deadline, the Jason Momoa-headlined superhero film is Atom Tickets' biggest advance ticket seller ever within its first 24 hours. Some of those advance sales come in part from the special offer DC is giving Amazon Prime subscription holders, who can watch the film a week before its release at more than 1,000 theatrical locations in the United States. Incredibly, the article states that the film has beat out the previous record holder, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War.
The film has also become a top seller for Fandango. First day pre-sales have topped those of Sony's Marvel film Venom, as well as Mission: Impossible-Fallout.
It would seem that, despite the odds, Aquaman could be on its way to being another win for DC. Wins are sorely needed for the studio's fledgling cinematic universe, which has recently said goodbye to both its Batman and Superman, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, respectively. On top of that, Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot in the title role, has been the franchise's only concrete box office and critical hit.
Perhaps DC is finally on an upswing, though. After Aquaman, the franchise is looking at Wonder Woman 1984 and Joker, the latter starring Joaquin Phoenix as the man who would become the Crown Prince of Crime. More fuel will be added to that theory if Aquaman does well with critics and audiences.