Well, would you look at that! Turns out Jason Momoa isn't just the khal of Dothraki and the leader of Atlantis. As of today, he's also the king of the box office.
According to Deadline, Aquaman is now the biggest DC film ever, clinching $1.09 billion in worldwide ticket sales. It's surpassed the $1.085 billion previously set by Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, which makes it the highest-grossing DC film of all time.
According to Box Office Mojo, the James Wan-directed movie has earned $1,090,754,074 worldwide, and that number is predicted to rise in the coming weeks. Domestically, it's reached a total of $316,554,074. The biggest chunk of the movie's earnings came from the foreign box office, which totals $774,200,000 as of today.
The numbers don't lie. Aquaman has stolen the throne and kicked Batman to the curb — but does bigger always mean better? Does Aquaman's financial success signify it's a "better" film than the critically acclaimed The Dark Knight and its sequel, The Dark Knight Rises? In other word, are Momoa's abs more powerful than anyone even imagined?
Early reviews of the film were nothing but positive. Critics gave credit to DC for turning its dwindling reputation around and producing a movie worthy of applause. Remember what a disaster Suicide Squad and Justice League were? Yup.
Many critics claim Aquaman is the best DC film since The Dark Knight.
But fans don't seem to agree. While they don't dispute Aquaman is a great film, many disagree it's a "better" film than The Dark Knight.
That's a fair take. After all, The Dark Knight received nothing but accolades during awards season. Meanwhile, Aquaman failed to clinch any nominations — not even for VFX (which is a shame, really).
Aquaman's so-called superiority to The Dark Knight may be up for debate for, well, ever, but we can't deny the Momoa-billed flick is a step in the right direction for the DC Extended Universe.
After back-to-back flops and lukewarm reviews, Aquaman proves DC hasn't lost its mojo — at least not yet.