Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Ant-Man and the Wasp Breaks Even in One Week

Things are strong but slowing down for comic related films and with the summer box office blockbusters regularly coming. We’ve got new blood this week with the debut of Ant-Man and the Wasp as other films begin to wind down.

Ant-Man and the Wasp was a winner for Marvel this weekend with an estimated $76 million. That tops the original film which opened with $57.2 million in 2015. That’s the ninth weekend of the year’s 27 that a Marvel film has topped the box office in 2018.

What’s interesting is the film’s Friday was a higher percent for the weekend compared to other Marvel films Friday accounted for 44.5% of the film’s earnings, the highest amount for a Marvel film. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore for the opening weekend, down from the original’s “A.” 55% of the audience was male and 58% was over the age of 25.

Internationally, the film opened in 48% of overseas markets and it earned $85 million for a $161 million worldwide debut. The film has a reported budget of $162 million and in one week earned almost that entire amount back.

Deadpool 2 rounded up the top 10 with an estimated $1.7 million to bring its domestic total to $314.5 million. The original earned $363.1 million domestically ($387.4 million adjusted for inflation). Worldwide, Deadpool 2 has earned $727.3 million and the original stands at $783.1 million. The budgets are the biggest difference. The original’s was just $58 million while the sequel ballooned to $110 million. The sequel would have to cross well in to $825 million to equal the success of the original.

The film remains as the 22nd highest grossing comic movie adaptation. The film is also earning a higher percentage internationally with 56.75% of its earnings versus 53.64% for the original. It’s also the third highest grossing “X” film worldwide (not adjusted for inflation).

Avengers: Infinity War was #15 for the week with an estimated $865,000 to bring its domestic total to $674.8 million. The film has also earned $1.364 billion at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $2.039 billion.

Black Panther is still earning and came in at #30 for the weekend. The film brought in $38,000 for the weekend to bring its domestic total to $699,882,707. It’ll be interesting to see if the film crosses $700 million domestically which would make it only the third film ever to do so (not adjusting for inflation). Worldwide the film has earned $1.347 billion worldwide.

The Death of Stalin wasn’t on the chart but still brought dollars in over the week bringing its total to $8,025,539 about an $11,000 increase. That’s a dip from the previous week’s $14,000.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Some more numbers have come in. According to what little we could find, it looks like the film’s domestic box office has brought in $183,754. All together, the film has earned a reported $263,621 at the foreign box office. The movie was released on demand at the same time in theaters, so the film has made money it’s just unknown how much.

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: $1.773 billion
Total International Gross: $2.521 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.295 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $787.1 million
Total “Profit”: $3.487 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $295.6 million
Average International Gross: $420.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $715.8 million
Average Budget: $157.4 million
Average Profit: $558.4 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.