This weekend was projected to be in the dominance of DC's AQUAMAN as it swam past one billion at the worldwide box office. And while the film did make headlines with its current totals outmatching the entire run of the 2008 THE DARK KNIGHT, the domestic box office ultimately fell into the hands of Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston's THE UPSIDE, which pulled some impressive opening night numbers to leap ahead of AQUAMAN. The success of the film can most likely be attributed to the combined star power of Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman who stars in a supporting role. However, even though AQUAMAN and THE UPSIDE had multiple much-needed victories, the rest of the box office couldn't find their groove, resulting in some disastrous flops from A DOG'S WAY HOME and REPLICAS.
In second place is the film that continues to triumph, all the way from its original December 21st opening, despite this weekend being the first time it lost the number one spot. And this film is of course AQUAMAN. Reaching a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and having totals surpassing the critical darling THE DARK KNIGHT, AQUAMAN is nothing short of a triumph with the film expected to cross the 300 million mark domestically in the coming week. In addition, adding to its already extensive list of accomplished milestones, the James Wan-directed film is soon expected to actually cross THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, making it the most financially successful DC film of all time. AQUAMAN is playing in theaters now and you can read our review for it here.
(This portion is taken from the previous published HBB Reviews article "Box Office Report (January 11-13): THE UPSIDE Claims #1, AQUAMAN Swims Past 1 Billion Worldwide," the full article of which can be found here).