It's likely doing well because it's big, epic and camp and commits to that last idea fully and wholeheartedly without being afraid of looking ridiculous in the process.
Maybe people outside of America do not feel the need, unlike many American fans of the comics, to see these characters treated with this overly serious reverence, as if superhero comics were anything beyond fluff and children's entertainment.
American comicbook fans say that superheroes are like Greek myths and should probably be mandatory reading material in philosophy courses at prestigious universities. Aquaman is just like 'what if we got you surfer Conan underwater?'
It is ridiculous, it's campy and cheesy, and that's why I loved it so much. It has so many problems, especially with the dialogues and the choice of songs, but at the same time it's not ashamed of its origins.It's a comic book movie. Momoa wearing a orange and green suit, riding a seahorse and summoning fishs? C'mon, that's cool and fun as hell.
After seeing that whole Sicily scene you can say anything about this movie, good and bad, but that it's dark and gritty you can not.
This movie was shit in every way possible. I've lost complete faith in GA at this point, Aquaman should never have made this much money. It's not as garbage as Justice League, but it sure ain't far from it.
DCEU, year after year now, is making me actively seek out new Marvel comics, instead of going back to DC worlds. I know it’s unfair since they have dozens of great comics right now, but I just can’t bring myself to read something that will retroactively bring back memories of these godawful movies. So I’m sticking to Batman.