Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Studios are all set to release their highly anticipated sequel, ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,’ in domestic theaters this Friday. However, this time, it’s not going to be a huge success for the makers and distributors. There is no doubt that ‘Aquaman’ was DC Studios’ biggest blockbuster to date, but despite this, the sequel does not seem to be benefiting from it. There is no buzz or presales for the film, and there is no effect of the Christmas release either, which is worrying the makers. There are no good signs for the sequel.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom Box Office Prediction
The buzz surrounding the sequel to the blockbuster is below par, and the performance at the pre-ticket window is also looking below average, which is a clear indication that the film will not make a good debut. Considering all the estimated advantages and disadvantages, industry experts predict a $36-40 million debut weekend for ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ across the 4000+ theaters in the USA— It’s a sure-shot disastrous debut for a superhero film with a massive budget. Not only this but if this estimate is maintained, then the sequel can also have the worst start at the box office in recent years, meaning a worse debut than predicted.
There is no doubt that, after a poor debut, the makers have high hopes for the long run, and as a massive budget film, it needs to perform well overseas as well. At present, the film does not seem to be doing well anywhere, be it domestically or overseas, for its debut or its long run— Based on the buzz surrounding the film. The industry has already predicted that ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ will end its box office journey with $125 million domestically and $300 million globally, which will probably be a big blow for the makers because they have spent a lot on its production.
Overall, the sequel is poised to become a box-office failure, signaling a substantial loss for Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Studios. Perhaps, this will be the most disappointing ending for the DCEU. Another reason for the makers’ hasty announcement is the lack of interest in ‘Aquaman 2,’ a sentiment likely to persist even after ‘The Flash.’ While the ‘Aquaman’ franchise boasts a dedicated fan base, predicting box office outcomes is a complex task, with various elements that could contribute to either success or failure. Ultimately, only time will reveal the true fate of ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ at the box office— until there is just hope.