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The newest movie franchise in the DC Universe earned at least $791.9 million worldwide so far. James Wan’s smash film raked in $10.1 million on New Year’s Eve, boosting domestic earnings to $199.5 million and international earnings to $562.4 million. Aquaman is on track to making more than $900 million by its final theater showing, according to IGN.
The undersea superhero’s first live-action movie is set to be another saving grace for DC as it runs up against superhero franchise giant Marvel. Aquaman topped Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $714.3 million, Doctor Strange’s $677.7 million, Thor: The Dark World’s $644.6 million, Iron Man 2’s $623.9 million, Ant-Man and the Wasp’s $622.7 million, and Iron Man’s $585.2 million.
The king of Atlantis also beat MCU’s lowest earning movies, including Ant-Man, which earned $519.3 million; Thor, which earned $449.3 million; Captain America: The First Avenger, which earned $370.6 million; and The Incredible Hulk, which earned $263.4 million.
Aquaman is now the biggest film from Warner Bros. and DC since The Dark Knight Rises, which earned $1.09 billion.
The epic focusing on the origin of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry is also on track to top earnings from Wonder Woman and Justice League. Wonder Woman scored $821.8 million in the global box office in 2016 while Justice League grossed $657.9 million during its theater run.
Aquaman earned a 64-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of six out of 10 although its audience score reached 81 percent and its audience average rating stands at 4.1 out of five.
Critics are now waiting to see if Aquaman surpasses earnings for the first Guardians of the Galaxy, which grossed $773.3 million worldwide.