Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ To Cross $1 Billion This Weekend

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 Aquaman earned another $2.14 million (-44% from Tuesday and -71% from last Wednesday) to bring its domestic cume to $268.6m in 20 days of theatrical release. It should end its third full week in theaters just over the $270m mark, and by Friday it’ll pass The Grinch as the biggest year-end/holiday-season domestic earner. But it indeed passed two major (if arbitrary) box office milestones on Tuesday.

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First, the James Wan-directed underwater adventure passed $700 million in overseas grosses, putting it past The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which both earned exactly $700m overseas in 2013 and 2014. Second, by swimming past the $962m global cume of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, it has become the biggest-grossing movie that isn’t a Walt Disney or Universal/Comcast release since Paramount/Viacom’s Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.1 billion) in 2014.

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It’ll cross $1 billion sometime this weekend to become the first non-Disney/non-Universal member of that club since the summer of 2014. It’ll pass $300m domestic as soon as Martin Luther King Day weekend when it goes up against M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. After it gets past the $1b mark, it’s just a matter of what arbitrary milestones it can break before it leaves theaters.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Warner Bros.
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