Aquaman has become a major worldwide success, and just this weekend, it went past The Dark Knight Rises to become the highest grossing DC Comics Film of all time. But in his journey to the top, The King of Atlantis has taken down many huge franchises for good. Standing at $1.09 Billion, Warner Bros could not have asked for anything more. Aquaman was surely a thing of beauty, a visual spectacle by visionary director James Wan. No one can really deny this film its rightful place in the top 5 biggest movies of the year.
Aquaman managed to make it to the top 5 list of Highest Grossing movies of 2018, and it will end up being the same as far as the Domestic Box Office numbers are concerned. It is just $2 million behind Deadpool, but within this week, Deadpool 2 will be pulled down as Aquaman takes the same spot at the domestic Box Office that it has in the worldwide list. So, here are the 10 biggest franchises that Aquaman has fully more mostly beaten at the worldwide Box Office.
1. The Entire Worlds of DC
No one really thought that Aquaman will become the King of DC. Once the earnings picked pace, Aquaman just kept taking the DCEU films down one after the other. Aquaman having done this has ensured a big and bright future for all the DC movies that WB plans to bring next. It took down Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice ($873 Million), Wonder Woman ($821 Million), Suicide Squad ($745.6 Million), Man of Steel ($668 Million) and Justice League ($658 Million).
2. The Whole X-Men Franchise
Another competitor in the Superhero Genre was Fox’s X-Men Universe, and Aquaman has taken every movie out with ease. Box Office: X-Men ($296.3 Million), X2 ($407.7 Million), X-Men: The Last Stand ($459.3 Million), X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373.0 Million), X-Men: First Class ($353.6 Million), The Wolverine ($414.8 Million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($747.8 Million), X-Men: Apocalypse ($543.9 Million), Deadpool ($783.1 Million) and Logan ($616.8 Million).
3. All Spider-Man movies
Sam Raimi’s trilogy was shattered, The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise got ripped apart and not even MCU’s Spider-Man Homecoming could stand against the King of Atlantis. Box Office: The Amazing Spider-Man ($757.9 Million), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($708.9 Million), Spider-Man ($821.7 Million), Spider-Man 2 ($783.6 Million) Spider-Man 3 ($890 Million) and Spider-Man Homecoming ($880 Million). What’s great is that Sony’s new spin-off in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, Venom was also beaten to death as it only brought in $855 Million.
4. Almost all Harry Potter Universe Movies
Box Office: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974 Million), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ($878 Million), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($796 Million), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ($896 Million), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($942 Million), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($935 Million), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ($960 Million), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ($803 Million) and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The only one left in the franchise is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II with $1.34 Billion.
5. All These Fast and Furious movies
Box Office: The Fast and the Furious ($206 Million), 2 Fast 2 Furious ($236 Million), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift ($157 Million), Fast & Furious ($363 Million), Fast and Furious 6 ($789 Million). Aquaman could not beat the last two Fast & Furious outings, and won’t be able to even at the end of its run. But still having done this is a great achievement. The Fate of the Furious ($1.23 Billion) and Furious 7 ($1.5 Billion) are out of reach.
6. The Whole Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
Box Office: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ($634 Million), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ($1.06 Billion), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963 Million), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1.04 Billion) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($794 Million).
7. 4/6 Transformers Movies
Aquaman went head to head with Bumblebee and managed to crush the Autobot with ease. It has come really close to the films that are top of the table in the franchise, but unfortunately, it won’t be able to beat the two, which are Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.12 Billion), Transformers: Age of Extinction ($1.1 Billion). The rest 4 films of the franchise that Aquaman has beaten are – Box Office: Transformers ($708 Million), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($836 Million), Transformers: The Last Knight ($603 Million) and Bumblebee ($438.5 Million).
8. Almost all the James Bond Movies
Box Office: Dr. No ($59 Million), From Russia With Love ($78 Million), Goldfinger ($124 Million), Thunderball ($141 Million), You Only Live Twice ($111 Million), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ($82 Million), Diamonds Are Forever ($116 Million), Live and Let Die ($161 Million), The Man with the Golden Gun ($97 Million), The Spy Who Loved Me ($185 Million), Moonraker ($210 Million), For Your Eyes Only ($195 Million), Octopussy ($187 Million), Never Say Never Again ($160 Million), A View to a Kill ($152 Million), The Living Daylights ($191 Million), Licence to Kill ($156 Million), Goldeneye ($356 Million), Tomorrow Never Dies ($339 Million), The World is Not Enough ($361 Million), Die Another Day ($431 Million), Casino Royale ($594 Million), Quantum of Solace ($591 Million) and Spectre ($879 Million).
Aquaman is around $20 Million short of Skyfall ($1.11 Billion), but it doesn’t seem that the movie still has the legs to add $20 Million more worldwide. The film may get in $10-$15 Million more, but that’s about it.
9. 14/16 MCU Films
Box Office: The Incredible Hulk ($263.4 Million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.5 Million), Thor ($449.3 Million), Ant-Man ($519.3 Million), Iron Man ($585.1 Million), Iron Man 2 ($623.9 Million), Thor: The Dark World ($644.5 Million), Doctor Strange ($677.7 Million), Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714.2 Million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($773.3 Million), Thor: Ragnarok ($850 Million), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863 Million) and Spider-Man Homecoming ($880 Million).
The movies that are out of Arthur’s reach are Captain America: Civil War ($1.15 Billion), Iron Man 3 ($1.21 Billion), Black Panther ($1.3 Billion), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4 Billion), The Avengers ($1.5 Billion) and Avengers: Infinity War ($2.048 Billion).
Who would have thought before the release of Aquaman that the film would actually have the legs to take down Chris Nolan’s big franchise? Not even the best Superhero trilogy of all time was a match for Aquaman at the Box Office. Box Office: Batman Begins ($374 Million), The Dark Knight ($1.004 Billion) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 Billion). People did not predict Aquaman to make such an impact, but it did. Now Aquaman has taken down the poster boy of WB, and it has proven that orange is the new black.
Bonus – 8/10 Star Wars Films
The Star Wars franchise has been huge for pop culture, and even though the recent films Box Office – Solo: A Star Wars Story ($393 Million), Star Wars Ep. V: The Empire Strikes Back ($534 Million), Star Wars Ep. VI: Return of the Jedi ($572 Million), Star Wars Ep. II: Attack of the Clones ($656 Million), Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope ($786 Million), Star Wars Ep. III: Revenge of the Sith ($848 Million), Star Wars Ep. I: The Phantom Menace ($1.027 Billion) and Rogue One – A Star Wars Story ($1.049 Billion). The Star Wars movies that Aquaman cannot touch are Episode VIII – The Last Jedi ($1.316 Billion) and Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($2.068 Billion).
The DC Films Universe can finally grow after what Aquaman has achieved. This film has restored the faith of every DC fan, and we can be optimistic of the upcoming movies like Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984 and even the probable R-Rated feature, The Birds of Prey.