Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry isn’t just the King of Atlantis in the DC Extended Universe – it looks like he’s also the king of this year’s Christmas Box Office.
Disney might have had family-friendly Mary Poppins Returns reboot sequel as its contender for the Christmas season and Paramount Picture might have had the well-received Bumblebee, but according to a new report by Forbes, none of these films were able to really compete with Aquaman over the weekend.
Sure, Aquaman might have had lower numbers than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman during its opening weekend, but the film’s still been doing exceptionally well for itself during the holiday season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, not only did the film gather $11.2 million during its Christmas Eve screenings from 4,125 theaters in the US, but it also swam past the $500 million mark in the global box office thanks to its strong performance in the international film market.
In comparison, Mary Poppins Returns had a pretty soft opening, gathering a meager $31 million during its five-day opening. Bumblebee also had a pretty soft opening of $21 million – which is not much when compared to Aquaman’s $67.4 million domestic haul during its first three days in cinemas in the US.
Of course, these numbers could improve as Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee continue their cinematic run, but these films would have to have a long and leggy performance if it were to ever catch up with the torpedo-like rush of Aquaman.
Aquaman is currently screening in cinemas.