Aquaman is one of the most successful movies of all time, grossing over $1.1 billion and surpassing The Dark Knight Rises as the highest-grossing movie based on a DC Comics character. And Aquaman is about to set another box office record as it edges towards becoming the biggest non-Disney and non-Universal movie in eight years, reports Forbes.
The movie, starring Jason Momoa, is expected to surpass the $1.108.6 billion worldwide revenue of Skyfall (2012) this week to become the biggest non-Disney and non-Universal grossing movie since 2011.
At close of play Wednesday, the film is set to be just behind New Line’s Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (which grossed $1.112 billion in 2003), Paramount/Viacom’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.124 billion in 2011) and Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II ($1.341 billion in 2011).
Reigning supreme are the Fox/Paramount’s Titanic ($2,187,463,944) and Fox’s Avatar ($2,787,965,087) – both directed and written by James Cameron. The movie is expected to beat Return of the King and Transformers 3 in time.
The action movie could take between $10 million (as Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok raked in) and $19 million (Venom) when it is released in Japan on Friday. Walt Disney and Universal/Comcast are responsible for every other bigger global movie over the past six years, beginning with Iron Man 3 in 2013.
Disney’s highest four grossing movies are Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068billion in 2015/2016), 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048billion), 2018’s Black Panther ($1.347billion), and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405billion).
The list also includes Iron Man 3, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Incredibles 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Universal/Comcast’s biggest movies are 2015’s Jurassic World ($1.671billion), Furious 7 ($1.516billion in 2015), 2017’s The Fate of the Furious ($1.236billion), and 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1.31billion)
Aquaman is also the first film not made by Disney or Universal since 2014’s Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction to earn above $1billion. It is set to be the fourth-biggest non-Disney/Universal release of all time, behind Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Titanic and Avatar.
Aquaman is also be approaching the $324.5 million domestic total of Deadpool 2. It is still behind Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018 releases from Fox. The Queen biopic has grossed $833m globally, beating 1996’s Independence Day ($817m).
The DC comic book adaptation, which also stars Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman, has taken in above $287 million in domestic totals and $732 million in international box office receipts.
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