Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Aquaman crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office this weekend and director James Wan took to his Facebook account to post a thank you message. The film has now earned $287.9 million domestically and $732.4 million internationally (with an impressive $287.3 million from China), for a worldwide total of $1.02 billion. Here’s Wan’s message to the Aquaman cast, crew and fans:
“A few things to say… Firstly, this movie wouldn’t be what it is without the astonishing achievement of everyone involved, from the head of departments to every single crew member (and special shoutout to the fantastic Aussie crew!), who demanded upmost excellence in helping design/create this cinematic experience.
“Secondly, I’ll forever be indebted to Jason for turning Aquaman into one of the coolest, cinematic superheroes ever, and becoming the gold standard for this character for generations to come. Huge THANK YOU to my amazing cast — Amber, Patrick, Nicole, Yahya, Willem, Temuera, Dolph, Ludi — for breathing life and wonder into our beloved characters.
“Finally, but most importantly — massive LOVE and THANK YOU to the fans and audiences around the world. Humbled by the way you’ve embraced this underdog, and how it has resonated and connected on a global scale.
“As Aquaman himself would say, “Mahalo.” Love and respect ~ JW”
“We’re thrilled audiences around the world have embraced ‘Aquaman’ in such a big, big way,” added Ron Sanders, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in a statement. “Jason, the filmmakers and the team at DC have delivered a film that people love, and we are so appreciative of their support.”
In addition to crossing the billion-dollar mark, Aquaman is now the #2 DC film ever worldwide, behind only The Dark Knight Rises, which took in $1.08 billion in its run. The movie is now also the second-highest-grossing Warner Bros. film of all time internationally; the biggest DC film of all time internationally; and the highest-grossing Warner Bros. film ever in China.
You can also check out Jason Momoa’s message below!
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BILLION DOLLAR UNDERDOG. from baywatch to making what once was the most disrespected superhero into a billion dollar movie. no one gets to the top without the people that love them. My success is from my fans. All my aloha to everyone that had a hand in making this movie. Mahalo Zack for choosing me and mahalo James for creating this beautiful world. #grateful #lovemyfans #billiondollarunderdog #borntoclimb #outofholes #aquaman2 #cheeeehuuuuuu #hhrajahh. Aloha j
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes Aquaman, the origin story of half-surface dweller, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry that takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king. The action-packed adventure spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, and stars Jason Momoa in the title role.
The Aquaman cast also includes Amber Heard (Justice League, Magic Mike XXL) as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey, Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man 2) as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne, Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring films, Watchmen) as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis, Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables films) as Nereus, King of the Atlantean tribe Xebel, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Baywatch, The Get Down) as the revenge-seeking Black Manta, and Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Lion) as Arthur’s mom, Atlanna. Also featured are Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Captain Murk, an Atlantean Commando, and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Green Lantern) as Arthur’s dad, Tom Curry.
Wan directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad, TV’s Training Day), story by Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall, based on the characters created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger for DC. The film was produced by Peter Safran and Rob Cowan, with Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Jon Berg, Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada serving as executive producers.
Wan’s team behind the scenes included such frequent collaborators as Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (Forrest Gump), Wan’s five-time editor Kirk Morri, production designer Bill Brzeski, and visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain. They were joined by costume designer Kym Barrett and composer Rupert Gregson-Williams.