Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom has the privilege of an extended Christmas weekend and a Thursday release in some parts of the world.
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom aka Aquaman 2 has finally hit the big screen after what felt like a decade-long battle with controversies, reshoots, and rumors that added to the negative publicity of the film. The effect of the same can be seen in the reception of the Jason Momoa and Amber Heard starrer, which is only managing to have a decent run at the box office as we speak. Going by the latest estimates, Aquaman 2 is expected to collect $100 million by the time it wraps up its extended opening weekend.
For the uninitiated, Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom is a direct sequel to the 2018 release Aquaman, which also starred Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and an ensemble cast. The 2018 film was a winner in every possible sense because, with a box office accounting of $1.1 billion, the movie is the highest-earning DC film and also a crown jewel for Warner Bros. But it looks like the sequel is far from recreating that magic.
However, with the drama that unfolded around Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom, it was never projected to even touch its predecessor. Taking that into account, the film has had a decent performance. As per a Deadline report, Aquaman 2 had collected $40.9 million at the overseas box office by Friday. However, the movie has had an extended run with a Thursday release in North America, and Christmas on Monday has given the film two extra days in its first weekend.
The movie is expected to end up earning $70 million in the extended Christmas weekend, as per the latest estimates. But including the Thursday release in North America and some parts of the world, the film is expected to earn $100 million worldwide by Monday.
The reviews for Aquaman 2 have been supremely polar. An excerpt from OTTplay’s review reads, "All they could manage to deliver due to the pressure around is a flat drama which looks like it is being edited while you are watching it. Even when there is drama and conflict of a very severe level, the crescendo in Aquaman 2 never rises to make it an impactful movie. You can feel many pieces of this puzzle missing, some odd misfit ones added, and some very convenient decisions taken. It is almost like some Warner Bros executive said we cannot waste the investment so make a movie out of what you got and release it.”
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