Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023): A Dive into the DCEU’s Box Office Performance and What’s Next for Aquaman
Aquaman 2 Swims Past Another DCEU Flop, Approaches Final Box Office Milestone
Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom has officially surpassed 2022’s Black Adam ($393.4 million) starring Dwayne Johnson as the titular DC antihero, at the worldwide Box Office. The Lost Kingdom is also within swimming distance of crossing $400 million globally, a milestone no other DCEU movie has achieved since the first Aquaman in 2018.
DCEU Ends With Only Aquaman Hitting $1 Billion at the Box Office
The DCEU timeline started with Man of Steel in 2013. While the Henry Cavill-led film didn’t light up the Box Office, it still showed there was promise in this universe if they could get it right. Unfortunately, with several missteps, the universe fell apart rather quickly.
Aquaman remained the brightest star in the universe, as the studio never crossed the billion-dollar mark again.
The DCEU Movies That Came Closest To Hitting $1 Billion
Besides Aquaman, only three other Movies ever stood a chance of getting to $1 billion in the DCEU.
- Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($874.3 million)
- Wonder Woman ($823.97 million)
- Suicide Squad ($749.2 million)
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the Conclusion of the DCEU
After Black Adam’s disappointing box office performance, Warner Bros. hired James Gunn and Peter Safran to plan out a new version of the DC Universe across film, television and video games. This meant that Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom was the last movie set in the universe that began with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
What’s Next for Aquaman in the DCU?
James Gunn and Peter Safran are set to reboot the DCEU into the DC Universe, beginning with the animated series Creature Commandos and the live-action film Superman: Legacy. With The Lost Kingdom underperforming at the Box Office, it seems unlikely that a third Aquaman movie with Momoa will be made. While Gunn has not yet announced plans for Aquaman in the new shared universe, there have been rumors that Momoa will be playing Lobo in the DCU.