‘Aquaman’ Swims Past $150M Overseas, Tops All DC Titles In China

Mexico surfaced on a non-traditional Thursday with $1.4M (Ps 27.9M), including previews, on 3,517 screens and with a 66% share. Including previews, Aquaman's running Brazil cume is now $2M. Brazil opened to an estimated $1.3M (R$ 5M) on 1,715 screens for 80%+ of the Top 5. However, in local currency, it's about 59% down on last year's Justice League which benefited from bowing during a November holiday. That's also down on JL by 52% in local trading. This is a market that typically leans into DC movies and the debut is 47% ahead of Wonder Woman.
Wednesday was the top bow for DC, the 2nd-best ever for WB and the 3rd all-time industry start. After a record-breaking opening on Wednesday, Indonesia has now cumed $2.2M (IDR 31.7B). The Philippines has totaled $1.1M (PhP 60.2M) on 588 after two days. Taiwan for its part took in $615K (NT$ 19M) on Thursday from 339 screens, bringing the 2-day cume to $1.4M (NT$ 42.7M).
Joining China this session are such hubs as Russia, Brazil, Mexico and the UK. The Thursday offshore take was $19.7M with No. 1s in the majority of newcomers, and again in China. That’s before a further 28 overseas markets are added next weekend when Aquaman also dives into domestic theaters.
Seven more markets will be added today, with a further 28 next weekend, followed by Australia, Italy and Japan. We'll continue updating as new numbers emerge.” />
The 2-day cume is now $1.8M (£1.4M). Previews in the UK continued on Thursday with $698K (£552K) on 843 screens in the top spot.
Thailand launched with $761K (Baht 25M) on 710 screens, taking 93% of the Top 5. This is WB’s 4th biggest opening day over and the 2nd biggest opening day in the DC universe.
Through Thursday, there are 36 in release which have lifted the international box office cume to $152M. That includes the Middle Kingdom where the James Wan-directed origin story swiftly paddled to $135M (RMB 930M) through yesterday to become the highest-grossing DC Universe title locally in just one week. Jason Momoa’s sea hero has been super strong in the midweeks there and is looking at a second Friday (not included in the cumes above) that’s about a 49% drop, a terrific hold. Following its splashy China opening last weekend, Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman is expanding to another 42 offshore markets this frame.
The Middle Kingdom, where the movie filled its gills last weekend to a record WB, DC and December opening, has wholly embraced the pic with continued strong engagement. It has little competition this frame in the market and has also topped the lifetime grosses there of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Black Panther, Ant-Man and Ant-Man And The Wasp.
The score is on par with Ant-Man And The Wasp, 12% above Justice League and 71% over Wonder Woman. Russia bowed to $1.3M (Rbl 87M) on 3,110 screens with a 60% share of the Top 5.
The UAE chimed in for $691K (AED 2.5M) on 150 screens for a 75% share and the 3rd biggest opening day ever for a WB title. Malaysia also gave Arthur Curry the 3rd biggest launch day ever for a WB film with $617K (MYR 2.6M) on 750 screens.