Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom has underperformed and is even behind The Flash at the end of the first weekend
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, aka Aquaman 2, has finally been released and is currently in theatres. The movie is surrounded by controversies, making it challenging to watch without thinking about the drama that unfolded during its production and post-production. The box office performance of Aquaman 2 was always expected to be disappointing, with estimations setting the bar very low. What's concerning is that this movie is a direct sequel to a standalone film that earned $1.1 billion at the box office.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom Box Office
According to the latest numbers, Aquaman 2 completed a four-day weekend in the domestic market, including an extra day due to Christmas, and has not even reached its estimated $40 million. Comic Book Movie reports that the film earned only $38 million in the first four days. However, if we consider the traditional three-day weekend, the movie earned $27 million.
Comparison With The Flash
The disappointing aspect is that The Flash, considered the worst-performing movie in DC's history, earned $55 million in its opening week. Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom's $38 million is not even close. The statistics look even worse when compared to the three-day collection, as the Ezra Miller-starrer had a three-day first weekend. In a fair comparison of three-day weekends, the Jason Momoa starrer managed only half of what The Flash did in a weekend.
As Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom continues its theatrical run worldwide, it will be interesting to see how it performs. The current global earnings stand at $118.4 million. After a predecessor that was a box office sensation, Aquaman 2 has left everyone surprised.
Meanwhile, this movie marks the end of DCEU, which is now scrapped as James Gunn and Peter Safran shape a new era for Warner Bros.'s DC wing, now called DCU. The sequel stars Jason Momoa alongside Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, and others. Directed by James Wan, the movie faced storms of controversy. Stay tuned to OTTplay for more.