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Box Office Report: ‘Aquaman’ Passes ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to Become Highest Grossing DC Movie

Aquaman has surpassed The Dark Knight Rises to become the biggest DC Comics movie ever.

The film earned another $7.35 million in its sixth weekend, bringing its box office gross to a massive $1.09 billion, overtaking The Dark Knight Rises’ $1.085 billion.

The Jason Momoa/Amber Heard underwater adventure has now earned $316.5 million domestic, placing it in the middle of Iron Man 2 ($312m in 2010) and Iron Man ($318m in 2008) along with Man of Steel, which when adjusted inflation, totals $318 million ($291m in 2013).

Director James Wan commented on the milestone on Twitter, where news also broke yesterday that he was being courted to return for the inevitable sequel:

“For years Aquaman has been an orange-shirted punchline…No one is laughing anymore,” Wan said. “And this weekend when the King of Atlantis surpasses the Dark Knight of Gotham City, orange will officially be the new black for Warner Bros. Crazy.”

Aquaman sits behind only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which raked in $1.119 billion way back in 2003 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II ($1.342b in 2011) as the third-biggest Warner Bros. film of all time. With $1.09b thus far, it ranks at 25th on the highest grossing films of all time list.

James Wan is now only the second director ever to lay claim to two billion dollar films in separate franchises. James Cameron was the first, having directed both Titanic and Avatar, both film raking in $2+ billion at the global box office.

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