Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Avengers: Infinity War Crosses $1 Billion While 2017 Wraps Up

Unsurprisingly Avengers: Infinity War won the weekend easily with an estimated $112.5 million a 56.4% drop from the previous weekend. That beat the second place film by almost $100 million.

Avengers: Infinity War has earned $450.8 million domestically after ten days which only paces Star Wars: The Force Awakens which did that in nine.

Internationally the film remained in first place with an estimated $162.6 million from 54 markets. The weekend brought in $275.1 million for the film which has now earned $1.16 billion worldwide.

The film’s 11 day run to $1 billion worldwide is the fastest any film has crossed the line. It’s the sixth Marvel film to cross that mark and 17th for Walt Disney Studios. 34 films have crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The film is the fifth highest grossing comic adaptation and will likely move up a spot after this week. It’s $50 million behind Iron Man 3 and $175 million behind Black Panther.

Black Panther was #7 for the week with an estimated $3.1 million. Domestically the film has earned $693.1 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.338 billion.

The film is still earning far more domestically than the average Marvel film with 51.79% earned versus 41.02% on average. International earnings seem to have slowed down as the percentage has increased for the domestic ever so slightly. The film is an outlier as far as that and we’ll have a deeper dive in a few weeks to see where it over performed and where it might have under performed.

The Death of Stalin improved one spot to come in at #23 for the week. The film earned $181,623 to bring its domestic total to $7.5 million.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Some more numbers have come in. In Russia, the film has earned $163,289, Ukraine, $13,599, Australia it’s $926, United Arab Emirates it’s $85,002, and United Kingdom it’s $805. All together, the film has earned a reported $263,621 at the foreign box office. No domestic numbers have been released. The movie was released on demand at the same time in theaters, so the film has made money it’s just unknown how much.

We’ll have a deeper analysis of 2018’s releases as more are released but lets do the time warp to 2017…


It looks like 2017’s films have wrapped up their earnings as no film has brought in any money over the past week. The last holdover was Thor: Ragnarok. We’ll wait one more week to see if this has completely wrapped up or not.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. The films have earned $2.365 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.755 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.120 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.442 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least a few more weeks.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. Black Panther is included, so Marvel’s totals will increase over time. On average DC films earn $317.6 million domestically while Marvel earns $333.6 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $495.1 million and DC lags behind with $435.7 million.

2017 has had five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.365 billion
Total International Gross: $3.755 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.120 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.442 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.5 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254.3 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

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