‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’: The DCEU’s final flop or last success?

Box office predictions are looking murky, but will the Aquaman sequel rise above it?

It’s no secret to superhero fans that the DCEU has been, well, complicated. For some, it’s created a series of movies with stories of heroes that have defined those characters for an audience – maybe even a generation. For others, it’s felt like a nightmare of poor critic reviews, box office flops, and disjointed continuity. Nevertheless, Warner Brothers has continued to put them on the big screen to view, and the latest – and last – film in this saga is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Deadline has released box office predictions for the film’s Christmas weekend debut, and only around $40M is expected in the US. This could make it one more film in a series of 2023 DCEU box office flops – even earning less than Marvel Studio’s worst-performing film to date, The Marvels. But when thinking this through, we need to remember its overseas predictions, which look to be around $110M. And its predecessor, Aquaman, grossed over a billion dollars globally – making it the highest-grossing DC film ever. So, if there were ever a DCEU film to finish the series right and end on a high note, this would be it. At The Cultured Nerd, we’ll let you know our thoughts on the movie once it is released, so stay tuned!

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan and starring Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, swims into theaters on December 22nd!

Will you be buying tickets to see it in theaters or waiting to watch it at home once it hits streaming services? Let us know in the comments below!