DC Comics's movie arm has been attempting to duplicate the box office success of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises ever since the 2012 film made more than $1 billion worldwide. Though the company has made waves with hits like Wonder Woman, they've struggled to create a movie world to rival the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Aquaman, which arrived in theaters on December 21, 2018, has proved to be a huge win for them.
The film, which actually had the lowest opening weekend launch for a DC Extended Universe film, has continued to pull in moviegoers since its premiere and just became the comic book company's highest-grossing movie ever. As of this weekend, Box Office Mojo reports that Aquaman has grossed $1,091,669,197 worldwide, putting it just ahead of the $1,084,939,099 The Dark Knight Rises earned in 2012. As The Wrap reports, it's also the first film in nearly five years to cross the billion-dollar mark that wasn't released by either Disney or Universal.
Aquaman director James Wan reacted to the movie's success via a statement released by Warner Bros., which read:
"Firstly, massive LOVE and THANK YOU to the fans and audiences around the world. I'll forever be indebted to Jason [Momoa] for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come."
Aquaman is Wan’s second billion-dollar film; his first happened was 2015's Furious 7 for Universal. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there's already a lot of buzz about a sequel.