Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Over $5 Billion Worldwide

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

Venom dropped just 55.5% and earned an estimated $35.7 million to bring its domestic earnings to $142.8 million. That’s impressive as everyone expected a drop of at least 60%+ based on past movie performances. It’s outperforming expectations in every way.

Internationally, the film was in first place as well adding an estimated $69.7 million from 54 markets. It has now earned $235.3 million. It next opens in Japan on November 2 and an opening in China hasn’t been determined yet. That’s a worldwide total of $378.1 million after two weeks on just a $100 million budget. The film is a success surviving poor reviews from critics.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film is already looking like it’ll be quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which earn on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. It’s about average when it comes to domestic vs. international earning averages for previous films and that’s without major markets opening. It should swing to heavily favoring international earnings once China opens. The film’s budget though is less than half the average Spider-Man film which average $209.5 million. So, the film needs to make far less to be as profitable.

Ant-Man and the Wasp came in at #26 for the weekend adding $90,00 to its domestic total to bring that to $216.5 million. Internationally the film gained about $400,000 million internationally over the week to bring that amount to $405.6. Worldwide the film has earned $622.1 million.

The film has not only passed the original domestically (both adjusted and not-adjusted for inflation) but it also has passed it internationally. The film should keeping adding dollars to its total for the next month and be somewhere above $100 million over the original when it’s all over. The sequel has a budget of about $32 million more than the original so it’ll need to that to even out profitability.

Deadpool 2 wasn’t on the chart for the weekend, but the film added about $1,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $318.5 million domestically and $415.8 internationally for a worldwide total of $734.2 million. The sequel lags the original in every way and with a much higher budget, it’s unlikely it’ll be as profitable as the original. It is the second most successful “X” film domestically behind the original (not adjusted for inflation) and worldwide the film is in third place (again unadjusted).

Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther both gained some dollars. It’s unknown if this was actual gains or adjustments. Avengers: Infinity War added about $78,000 to its international earnings. Black Panther added about $3,000 internationally.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.094 billion
Total International Gross: $3.110 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.205 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $897.1 million
Total “Profit”: $4.283 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $261.8 million
Average International Gross: $388.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $650.6 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $522.4 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.