With a $2.27 million gross on Tuesday, James Wan’s Aquaman has now grossed $291.6m in North America. That puts it just past the $291m domestic cume of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. So, yeah, the Aquaman film has now outgrossed the Superman film both in North America and (by a lot) globally (Man of Steel made $668m in the summer of 2013).
As noted on Monday, it was inquisitive to go back and perceive that, in terms of raw numbers, Aquaman and Man of Steel received almost the same reviews.
To be fair, the real written reviews were a bit different, as most people (even those who not liked it) disagreeing that Man of Steel was a refined, handsomely-staged and occasionally touching “first contact” story. And even the mixed or negative Aquaman reviews noted that it was pretty a bit of crazy exaggerated fantasy fun with visuals not unlike Black Panther, Avatar or a Lord of the Rings film.
Nevertheless, with roughly $295 million domestic by the end of its fifth week, it should sail past the $300m landmark sometime this weekend.
So, yes, Aquaman is going to sell more tickets in North America than Man of Steel. And, yeah, Aquaman is going to become the leggiest comic book superhero film since Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ($135 million from a $25m debut) in 1990.
If the Jason Momoa/Amber Heard film continues on this path, it could surpass Spider-Man 3′s unadjusted-for-inflation $336m domestic cume. Either way, it’s going to surpass the unadjusted totals of Iron Man 2 ($312m in 2010) and Iron Man ($318m in 2008).
If the film ends up with $325.11 million domestic, which still feels like the best-case situation, it’ll be sandwiched right between Suicide Squad ($325.1m in 2016) and Batman v Superman ($330m in 2016) among the top-20 comic book and/or superhero films.
It’ll be the sixth-biggest origin story flick behind Guardians of the Galaxy ($333m in 2014), Deadpool ($363m in 2016), Spider-Man ($403m in 2002), Wonder Woman ($413m in 2017) and Black Panther ($700m in 2018). It’ll be in the top ten when adjusted for inflation among superhero origin stories.
And it’ll be the fourth-leggiest DC Comics or Marvel (MCU or otherwise) comic book film ever behind Batman and the first three Superman films.