Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Venom Holds on to Third

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 $2.139 billion domestically, $3.197 billion internationally, $5.336 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $4.414 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 as well as a mysterious Deadpool film and those three should easily add another billion to this year’s total.

Venom came in third place with an estimated $10.8 million to bring its domestic total to $187.3 million and $17.3 million added overseas. The film has earned $187.3 million domestically and $321.1 million for a worldwide total of $508.4 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 $57,000 domestically and $35,000 internationally over the past week. It now stands at $216.6 million domestically, $405.8 million internationally, and $622.4 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.

Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther both gained some dollars. Avengers: Infinity War added about $33,000 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: $2.139 billion
Total International Gross: $3.197 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.336 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $897.1 million
Total “Profit”: $4.414 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $267.4 million
Average International Gross: $399.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $667 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $538.8 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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