Jason Momoa and James Wan had reason to celebrate over the weekend – their movie Aquaman made $1 billion (£770,000) at the worldwide box office.
The film is the first DC Comics offering to reach the impressive milestone since The Dark Knight in 2008, and Jason, who stars as the titular superhero, was quick to take to Instagram to thank fans for their support.
As well as thanking director James, Jason also paid his respects to Zack Snyder, who first cast the actor as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016.
“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,” Jason wrote. “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.”
James also celebrated the milestone on his Twitter page, writing: “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, who demanded upmost excellence in helping design and create this cinematic experience.”
He then thanked Jason, tweeting: “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.”
Continuing to thank fellow cast members including Patrick Wilson and Amber Heard, James concluded: “THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has supported this underdog. For making this non-mainstream character (and yes — with leading POC individuals in front and behind the camera!) connect on such a huge global scale. In the words of Aquaman himself, ‘MAHALO’.”
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