Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom managed to stay afloat at the box office

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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom arrived on US digital platforms only a few weeks after its theatrical release, but abroad the film remained afloat. At the end of January, the latest DCEU film even achieved a feat that no other release in this franchise has managed to achieve in the last 5 years: surpassing $400 million worldwide. The DC Comics adaptation is still making money, and with $309.8 million from international markets and $123.2 million in North America, the Aquaman sequel has earned $433 million worldwide. Since the film's budget reached the $205 million mark, one could almost say that the film, all things considered, wasn't the flop it was cracked up to be.

Here's how every DCEU film has performed since Aquaman's $1.1 billion success five years ago:

  1. Shazam! (2019) – $363.5 million
  2. Birds of Prey (2020) – $201 million
  3. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) – $166.3 million
  4. The Suicide Squad (2021) – $167 million
  5. Black Adam (2022) – $390.4 million
  6. Shazam! Wrath of the Gods (2023) – $132.2 million
  7. The Flash (2023) – $266.5 million
  8. Blue Beetle (2023) – $128.7 million

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the final film of the “DCEU” era before the franchise is rebooted. Jason Momoa will most likely put the trident aside, but he's said to be in talks to play an entirely different character in James Gunn and Peter Safran's DCU, Lobo.

Having failed to defeat Aquaman the first time, Black Manta, still driven by the need to avenge his father's death, will stop at nothing to defeat the King of Atlantis once and for all. This time Black Manta is more formidable than ever, as he wields the power of the mythical Black Trident, which unleashes an ancient and malevolent force. To defeat him, Aquaman will turn to his imprisoned brother Orm, the former king of Atlantis, to form an unlikely alliance. Together, they must put aside their differences to protect their kingdom and save Aquaman's family and the world from irreversible destruction.