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'Aquaman' Is Officially The Highest Earning DCEU Movie Worldwide

'Aquaman' Is Officially The Highest Earning DCEU Movie Worldwide

Sorry, Batman v Superman - you've been robbed of the highest earner title in the DC Extended Universe by none other than the aquatic adventure Aquaman.

Yes, as recent figures show, the Jason Momoa-starring blockbuster has taken in the highest worldwide box-office total of any DCEU film, dethroning both Batman and Superman.

So far, the film's garnered $887 million (£696m) in box office sales, edging out Batman v Superman's cumulative $873 million (£685m), Wonder Woman's $821 million (£644m) and Suicide Squad's $747 million (£586m).

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The success story shows no signs of slowing either, as Vanity Fair reports that the deep-sea dive is expected to cross the $1 billion mark - a first for the franchise.

And all this is thanks to a scaly superhero who can speak to the fishes - the DC bosses have really blown it out of the water with this one.

The plot-line follows Arthur Curry aka the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, as he steps forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

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Not only are the fans delighted with the adventure flick, but the critics are impressed too, hailing the film a 'fun and wild ride' and 'a step in the right direction' for Marvel's key competitor.

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After all, the critics of the DCEU films have always argued that the movies take themselves too seriously with an air of doom and gloom. On the contrary, Aquaman crafts a gripping story around a half-man, half-fish character without turning the whole thing into a punchline - yet still it offers a sense of escapism for the fandom.

Speaking about what director James Wan brings to the table, Aquaman producer Peter Safran told EntertainmentWeekly: "[Aquaman has] got the great action you expect, it's got a lot of great humour, it works on so many levels... it's a testament to James' unique vision.

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"I think it's an extraordinary step in [the] DC Universe that sets it on the right path."

Aquaman Is DC's Biggest Hit Movie Since The Dark Knight Rises. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment
Aquaman Is DC's Biggest Hit Movie Since The Dark Knight Rises. Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment

Although Warner Bros. is set to announce whether or not the underwater adventure is getting a sequel, what with the success it's enjoying at the box office, the outlook is pretty good right now.

In the meantime, DC fans have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months - there's Shazam! releasing on April 5, as well as Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 out in 2020.

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Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Entertainment

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, DC Comics, Jason Momoa, Aquaman, Sea, Joker

Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]