An exceptionally strong holiday season for movies isn't going to derail the juggernaut that is Aquaman if current projections are to be believed.
Ticket outlet Fandango is reporting the film's pre-sale numbers are already outpacing its fellow DC and Warner Bros. hit, 2017's Wonder Woman.
Of the releases so far in the DCEU, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are by far the biggest success stories, both financially and critically. With the benefit of holiday screenings and a respectable Rotten Tomatoes score, Aquaman is attracting a lot of audience attention, and its ticket sales have hit between $68 and $72 million for its opening weekend. Once the numbers come in showing on-site sales for this Thursday-to-Sunday time frame, it's easy to imagine that Aquaman could top the impressive $103 million domestic opening Wonder Woman scooped up over its debut weekend.
Previous DC and Warner Bros. projects like Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the ensemble film Justice League have been considered box office disappointments, so seeing its latest two solo ventures in Wonder Woman and Aquaman smashing records is excellent news for the studio.
Still, there is stiff competition out there: films like Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee will be competing for the same audience and grabbing their share of moviegoers' dollars. Even so, with its strong opening overseas, word of mouth and generally positive early reviews, Aquaman could be the film that makes the biggest splash this December.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa in the title role, alongside Amber Heard (Mera), Patrick Wilson (King Orm), Willem Dafoe (Vulko), Nicole Kidman (Queen Atlanna), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta), Temuera Morrison (Tom Curry) and Dolph Lundgren (King Nereus). The film premieres Dec. 21.