'Aquaman' is already on par with other big superhero movies at the US box office, and is expected to beat 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Warner Bros.‘Aquaman’
  • “Aquaman” made $US9 million in Thursday night previews and has made a total of $US13.7 million in preview screenings in the US.
  • That’s on par with the Thursday previews of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Doctor Strange,” and slightly behind “Venom” and “Wonder Woman.”
  • “Aquaman” will get a boost from the five-day holiday weekend, and looks to lead the competition of “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee.”

“Aquaman” has already made more money than its production budget thanks to the international box office, and the DC Comics superhero movie is on its way to a big opening in the US, as well.

“Aquaman” made $US9 million in Thursday night previews, and has made a total of $US13.7 million in preview screenings in the US, according to the studio, Warner Bros.

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For comparison, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” made $US8.7 million on Thursday, and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” made $US9.4 million. Those movies made $US91.6 million and $US85 million in their opening weekends, respectively.

“Aquaman” landed just behind other big superhero movies like “Venom” and “Wonder Woman” in Thursday night previews. “Venom” made $US10 million on Thursday and went on to an $US80 million opening weekend. “Wonder Woman” grossed $US11 million in Thursday previews, and made $US103 million in its opening.

But “Aquaman” will get a boost from the extended, five-day holiday weekend, and industry projections place it at $US120 million. It’s expected to win a competitive weekend against other big new releases like Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” and the latest “Transformers” movie, “Bumblebee.”

Warner Bros. released “Aquaman” two weeks ago in China, a rare move that has paid off. The movie has grossed $US266 million internationally, $US189 million of which has come from China.

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