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​Aquaman Is DC's Biggest Hit Movie Since The Dark Knight Rises

Jess Hardiman

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​Aquaman Is DC's Biggest Hit Movie Since The Dark Knight Rises

Aquaman is on track to become DC's biggest success since 2012 Batman hit The Dark Knight Rises, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


The film, which stars Game of Thrones' Jason Momoa as the titular superhero, grossed $188.8 million (£148 million) in its first 10 days, as well as a not-too-shabby $748.8 million (£586 million) at the global box office since its release - the best showing ever for any DC superhero flick. Yup, that's including The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of Christopher Nolan's hugely popular Dark Knight trilogy.

Because of this The Hollywood Reporter explains that Aquaman could well fly past $900 million by the end of its run, in turn becoming the biggest DC title since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises earned itself $1.09 billion back in 2012.

One theory behind the (perhaps slightly surprising) box office success of Aquaman is its largely female audience.

According to figures compiled by Screen Engine/ComScore's PostTrak, men are buying a notably smaller percentage of tickets to see the Atlantean hero on the big screen.

Deadline reports it's in fact the mums in the audience that are outnumbering the dads at viewings of the blockbuster with 52 percent to 48 percent, respectively.

What's more, 82 percent of women are reported to have enjoyed the film compared to only 60 percent of men.

Critics, meanwhile, haven't been quite as into the film as the mums ogling Jason Momoa.

In his review of the film, Peter Travers from Rolling Stone said the film was often 'idiotic', writing: "Aquaman is a mess of clashing tones and shameless silliness, but a relief after all the franchise's recent superhero gloom.

"Any budget-busting epic that finds time to show us an octopus playing bongos gets a pass in our book."


Wesley Morris of The New York Times also said: "No wonder he [Momoa] rarely seems excited to be here. There's nothing to be excited about.

"Aquaman is so much like parts of Thor and Black Panther and Avatar and The Jewel of the Nile and so reliant upon an ancient British legend that you don't know why the people who made this movie bothered."

Yeeeeesh. Don't hold back, guys - tell us how you really feel.

Featured Image Credit: DC/Warner Bros

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Aquaman

Jess Hardiman
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