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'Aquaman' Is Officially The Highest Earning DCEU Movie Worldwide

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'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.

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
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