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Aquaman 2 Sinks With Sluggish $40 Million Box Office

The movie based on the comic book had Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis and was directed by James Wan. Along with "The Flash" ($55 million debut), "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" ($30 million debut), and "Blue Beetle" ($25 million debut), Aquaman 2 box office ($205 million price tag) looks like it will be another big Warner Bros. and DC movie that doesn't do well at the box office.

James K.
Dec 27, 20236046 Shares87623 Views
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom only made $38 million to $40 million in its first four days in theaters in the United States. The movie based on the comic book had Jason Momoa as the King of Atlantis and was directed by James Wan.
Along with "The Flash" ($55 million debut), "Shazam! Fury of the Gods" ($30 million debut), and "Blue Beetle" ($25 million debut), Aquaman 2 box office($205 million price tag) looks like it will be another big Warner Bros. and DC movie that doesn't do well at the box office. It started a little below expectations, making $27.7 million over the normal weekend and a disappointing $40 million over the four holiday days.

Aquaman 2 Box Office

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movie poster
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movie poster
People have gone to see Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in other countries. The movie continues the adventures of DC character Arthur Curry, played by Jason Momoa. It is a straight follow-up to Aquaman (2018), which made $1.15 billion and is the highest-grossing movie in the DC Extended Universe.
But the new movie hasn't shown as much promise. It opened to an estimated $27.6 million in ticket sales in the United States on the weekend before Christmas, which was the fourth-worst start in the franchise's 15-movie run.
Deadlinesays that Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has made an extra $80.1 million in 73 foreign markets, making it the highest-grossing movie of all time and almost tripling its opening weekend in the United States. One of these countries is China, where it opened to the most people of any superhero movie in 2023. It made a much bigger $107.7 million in its first three days around the world, but it still hasn't made back its more than $200 million production cost.
According to reports, the movie cost more than $200 million to make. It had a slow start, making $13.7 million on its first day in 3,706 theaters, which includes Thursday previews, Warner Bros. said Saturday. At least $40 million is expected to be made at the movies over the four days of Christmas weekend.
In 2018, the first "Aquaman" movie starring Jason Momoa made almost $30 million on its first day. It went on to make more than $1 billion worldwide. The slow start for "The Lost Kingdom" follows the trend of sequels not doing well at the box office in 2023. Half of the top 10 movies in the United States in 2023 were not sequels or extensions of movies that had already been released.
"Wonka," a comedy by Paul King starring Timothée Chalamet and also released by Warner Brothers, did better than "Aquaman" on its second Friday. It made $6.5 million.
Variety reported that Universal's animated movie "Migration," which was produced by Illumination Entertainment and directed by Benjamin Renner, made $5.8 million on its first day, Friday. The company thinks it will make over $13 million in its first weekend.
Another movie opening this weekend is "All of Us Strangers" from Searchlight Pictures, directed by Andrew Haigh; "Anyone But You" from Sony, directed by Will Gluck; and "The Iron Claw" from A24, directed by Sean Durkin.
"Ferrari," a thriller from Neon directed by Michael Mann, and "The Color Purple," a musical from Warner Bros. directed by Blitz Bazawule, both open on Christmas Day.
Thanks to hits like "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer," ticket sales this year should be close to $9 billion, which is 22% more than in 2022.

Final Thoughts

At the start, there were four new wide studio releases. "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" (WB), from DC, made the most money, taking in $28 million in three days. After three days, Disney's "The Marvels" made $46 million, finishing with less than $90 million in ticket sales in the United States. "Aquaman" will do better, but these findings are also bad newsfor its fantasy world.
The movie is said to have cost $205 million before marketing. It got a B CinemaScore, whereas the first movie in the series got an A-. That movie also came out the weekend before Christmas and made $69 million at the box office, plus an extra $3 million in earlier IMAX days. That's a big drop.
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