Variety reported that Jason Momoa’s latest film, Aquaman, crushed expectations at the box office, hauling in approximately $332 million from 58 international markets up until Thursday. Reportedly, around $209.5 million of that amount, 2/3, came from China alone.
As film buffs know, China has become arguably one of the most important markets for Hollywood to make bank. One could even argue it’s becoming more significant and lucrative than domestic box offices.
The film’s earnings make Aquaman Warner Brothers’ biggest hit in the Asian country. Some of the other big markets for it to succeed in was Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and India.
Respectively, the film earned $13.2 million, $12.3 million, $10.2 million, $9.9 million, $9.8 million, $6.6 million, and $6.3 million in order with the countries mentioned above. On Wednesday, the film debuted in France with $1.3 million on 607 screens.
In South Korea, it earned $2.4 million in the first two days and in Germany, it brought in $1.1 million. It opens in Spain and in other parts of Europe on Friday.
In North America, Aquaman earned $9 million from Thursday night openings as well as another $4.7 million from two days of previews. While it definitely earned a lot of money, Aquaman cost $200 million to create.
James Wan was the director of the Jason Momoa-led film, in which Jason co-starred alongside Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dolph Lundgren, Patrick Wilson, and Willem Dafoe.
While it has performed very well internationally, Aquaman hasn’t done quite as well with the critics. Thus far, it has a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – not a terrible rating, but it could be better.
Peter Debruge, writing for Variety, said that while James Wan directing was superb, the dialogue wasn’t the greatest. Although, he said the final act was fantastic, as well as the production design.
Entertainment Weekly was a little more unforgiving, ultimately giving it a C- score. Chris Nashawaty accused the film of having “cheesy” costumes and dialogue as well as “crummy CGI.” Michael Phillips, writing for The Chicago Tribune, gave it a meager 1.5 out of 4 stars.