The people have spoken. Based off of a press release from Fandango, members of the public are buying more pre-sale tickets to see Aquaman than they did for Wonder Woman “at the same point in the advance ticket sales cycle”. Even so, Aquaman faces competition at the box office with Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse in addition to new releases like Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee. The DC movie is expected to produce between $68 and $72 million when it opens this weekend. Deadline projects the film could exceed $120 million of sales in five days. Despite explosive international openings in China and the UK, whether Aquaman will top other movies in this weekend’s box office is still hard to tell.
Abundant excitement awaits the coming of Aquaman in theaters. The movie is hyped up because of its smooth production with James Wan given the reins and on account of its fawning reviews overseas. Stunning underwater visuals and a thrilling sequence of events packed with action excite prospective viewers to no end. Atlantis is said to be more fleshed out a world than Wonder Woman’s Themyscira—and rightfully so, Aquaman is royalty for a huge kingdom underwater that takes precedence in the film, more so than Wonder Woman’s world. Its status as a super-hero film- the first DCEU film to be released after the tragic Justice League– adds to the hype.
Jason Momoa’s enthusiasm and finesse legitimize Aquaman as a superhero and Princess Mera, played by Amber Heard, perfectly complements him. It is rumored Aquaman’s jokes are excessive and some lack substance. And a few sea characters are too fantastical, making them cartoonish and absurd. All the same, reception of Aquaman is largely positive, making it no surprise there are talks of an Aquaman 2.