Say what you will about the state of the DC Extended Universe films, but Aquaman is continuing its box office domination around the world. The film, which stars Jason Momoa, has been the number one movie in theaters since its December 21 debut and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is set to stay in the top slot again this weekend.
Based on estimates, this weekend will also see the film cross the $1 billion worldwide mark, making it the first DC Entertainment film to do so since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, which ended it’s run with an impressive $1.084 billion at the box office.
While it’s global box office success hugely eclipses the other entries in the DCEU–the next highest-earning movie is Batman v Superman at $873 million–it’s still not the most domestically profitable film for the franchise. That honor goes to Wonder Woman, which earned $412 million at the domestic box office. To compare, Aquaman’s domestic haul currently sits at $268 million, per Box Office Mojo. That number also leaves it trailing behind Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad in North America. Of course, that just goes to show the international appeal of Aquaman, which has already earned over $700 million overseas.
Given the success of Aquaman, it’s hard not to think about what’s next for the DCEU. Shazam is the next DCEU character heading to theaters. Unlike Aquaman–who debuted in Justice League–this will be the first time the character is seen on the big screen. Will audiences still flock to theaters to see what the team behind the movie has come up with? You’ll find out on April 5, when Shazam premieres.