Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. On Pace for a Record Setting Year

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.

2018 is shaping up to be a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It looks like it’ll top 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.123 billion domestically, $3.166 billion internationally, $5.289 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $4.367 billion. That’s off of 5 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion. 2018 still has Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet to open and those two together should easily add another billion to this year’s total.

Venom dropped from first place last weekend to third place with an estimated $18.1 million. That brings its domestic total to $171.1 million. It also added $32.3 million from 65 markets to bring that total to $290.7 million and a worldwide total of $461.8 million. It next opens in Japan on November 2 and an opening in China November 9. 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 previously earned 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 a few 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 didn’t chart for the weekend but still earned about $47,000 domestically and $161,000 internationally over the past week. It now stands at $216.6 million domestically, $405.8 million internationally, and $622.3 million worldwide.

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 $1,000 to its international earnings. Black Panther added about $1,000 internationally.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.123 billion
Total International Gross: $3.166 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.289 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $897.1 million
Total “Profit”: $4.367 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $265.4 million
Average International Gross: $395.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $661.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $533 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.