James Wan’s Aquaman movie, starring Jason Momoa in the titular role, is breaking box office records left and right.
On January 5th, it surpassed The Dark Knight Rises as the highest grossing DC Universe film internationally. Check out our post HERE with all the numbers.
Then on January 12th, it crossed the one billion dollar mark.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Starring Jason Momoa, Aquaman is the first DC title to cross $1 billion since Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, and only the third DC title ever to do so behind Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion) and The Dark Knight($1.005 billion). Aquaman has now passed the latter.
James Wan’s movie should pass The Dark Knight Rises’ $1.085 billion this weekend, making it the biggest DC Comics movie ever.
From Cinema Blend:
Aquaman has already surpassed fellow DCEU films Wonder Woman and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at the worldwide box office, as well as Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Once Aquaman beats out the $1.085 billion The Dark Knight Rises earned in 2012, the King of Atlantis will officially be the undisputed king of the DC Comics box office.
Once Aquaman passes The Dark Knight Rises, it will be the third-biggest solo superhero film of all time according to Forbes. Ahead of it are Iron Man 3 with $1.215 billion and Best Picture nominee Black Panther’s $1.347 billion.
And, according to Deadline, Warner Bros wants director James Wan back for a sequel. With box office numbers like these, it’s not surprising they want to lock Wan in on a follow up movie.
As Aquaman is poised to supplant The Dark Knight Rises as the top-grossing film in the DC Universe, Warner Bros has begun the process of bringing director James Wan back for the inevitable sequel. Sources said the plan in discussion is for Wan to oversee the development of a second film, including the selection of writers, and then make a decision on whether to direct it when he sees the script.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.
The film also stars Amber Heard (“Justice League,” “Magic Mike XXL”) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (“Platoon,” “Spider-Man 2”) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson (“The Conjuring” films, “Watchmen”) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Netflix’s “The Get Down”) as the vengeful Black Manta; and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (“The Hours,” “Lion”) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna; as well as Ludi Lin (“Power Rangers”) as Captain Murk, Atlantean Commando; and Temuera Morrison (“Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones,” “Green Lantern”) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Wan directs from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (“The Conjuring 2”) and Will Beall (“Gangster Squad,” TV’s “Training Day”), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC. The film is produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.
Wan’s team behind the scenes includes such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“The Conjuring 2,” “Forrest Gump”), his five-time editor Kirk Morri (“The Conjuring” films, “Furious 7,” the “Insidious” films), and production designer Bill Brzeski (“Furious 7”). They are joined by costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix” trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (“Wonder Woman”).
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Peter Safran Production, a James Wan Film, “Aquaman.” The film is set to hit theaters this December in 3D and 2D and IMAX, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.