While the Transformers prequel spinoff Bumblebee has not met domestic box office expectations, the film appears to be poised to have greater success overseas.
According to Variety, in its first weekend open in China, the film earned $82.7 million at the combined foreign box office. This places it at the top of the international box office this past weekend with $59.4 million from this weekend's totals coming from China. The prequel has earned $289 million worldwide with $192 of its earnings coming from overseas.
Not to be outdone, Aquaman has topped the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, earning $30 million this past weekend in the United States. Variety reports this puts the DCEU's worldwide box office at $940 million, after earning an additional $56.2 million overseas this weekend. At its current trajectory, the James Wan-helmed film may very well be the first in the DC Comics cinematic universe to earn at least $1 billion worldwide.
Despite its largely positive reviews, Bumblebee has struggled to appeal to domestic audiences with stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena urging fans to watch the movie in cinemas as a film they are both proud of.
Directed by Travis Knight from a script by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Pamela Adlon, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.
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.