Aquaman overtakes Wonder Woman at global box office

The movie directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa has surpassed US$560 million overseas

The movie directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa has surpassed US$560 million overseas

There were no big surprises in the final weekend of a record-setting 2018 as Warner Bros.'s Aquaman is once again king of the box office seas with a domestic cume that now tops $188 million and a worldwide tally nearing $750 million.

Disney's Mary Poppins Returns actually gained altitude in its second weekend, taking in $28 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period, up 18 percent.

The domestic box office continues to favor Aquaman. Felicity Jones portrays a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the biopic, which launched on Christmas Day and has since made $1.5 million.

Whether or not Aquaman will manage to reach the big $1 billion mark remains to be seen.

"Audiences across the country truly love the movie - exit polls are in the mid-90s - clearly showing the film's sheer entertainment power", said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features' president of distribution. Meanwhile, it's the fifth largest worldwide release based on a DC Comic and the second largest global release behind only The Dark Knight Rises ($636.8m). The gap may also be a little bit larger as these numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.

The news of Aquaman passing Justice League shouldn't come as that much of a surprise as the latter was not well received by critics and fans alike. To date, it's earned $560 million, putting it ahead of every other DC superhero movie so far.

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As of Wednesday, Aquaman has now pulled in $822.9 million to overtake Wonder Woman ($821.8 million) and sit in second place behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) in terms of the DC Extended Universe's highest earners.

Currently, total box office revenue for the year has hit $11.8 billion, besting the previous record of $11.4 billion set in 2016, marking an increase of 7 percent from last year's $11.1 billion intake.

These numbers are interesting as Aquaman didn't do very well during its opening weekend.

For comparison, Wonder Woman racked up a total of around $103 million during this time whereas Aquaman only earned $67.4 million.

Hope Corrigan is an Australian freelance writer for IGN.

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