Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Spider-Verse Sets a Record While Aquaman Dominates Internationally

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 $2.207 billion domestically, $3.799 billion internationally, $6.006 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $4.794 billion. That’s off of 10 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 opening domestically and expanding internationally. That film along with the recent release of Into the Spider-Verse will combine easily for another billion at the box office.

The end of the year is looking pretty good for comic adaptations so far. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought in an estimated $35.4 million for the largest three-day animated opening in the month of December.

The film is receiving universal praise from critics and fans with a “A+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The audience was 63% male with 41% aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the film brought in $21 million from 44 overseas markets for a worldwide total of $56.4 million on a $90 million budget.

This past weekend Venom didn’t chart but earned about $100,000 domestically and $1 million internationally over the week. The film now stands at $212.8 million domestically and $639.9 internationally for a worldwide total of $852.7 million. There’s a chance the film will become the highest grossing “Spider-Man” film before its run is done and make it into the top ten superhero films of all time. The film also shows that budget isn’t everything. It has the best return in multiplier when it comes to budget for a comic film of 2018, so far. With 8.53x it beats Avengers: Infinity War‘s 6.83x and 6.73x for Black Panther.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film is 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. The film is likely to be the second worst performing Spider-Man related film domestically for Sony but first currently internationally. The difference is the budget is almost half the other films allowing for a healthy profit. The film is leaning heavily on the international market where it has earned 75.04% of its earnings compared to 62.65% for other Spider-Man films.

Aquaman continued its strong foreign performance where it added 42 markets and brought in an estimated $126.4 million for an international total of $261.3 million. It still has to open in France, South Korea, Germany, Spain, Australia, Ital, and Japan which will go into February 2019.

On Saturday night the film earned an estimated $2.9 million from a single paid sneak preview from 1,225 theaters in North America.

Deadpool 2‘s Once Upon a Deadpool came in at #11 and brought in $2.6 million. This PG-13 re-release will be added to the total for Deadpool 2 which stands at $322.3 million. It was also released in 12 international markets where it brought in about $1 million.

Ant-Man and the Wasp didn’t chart for the weekend but still earned about $25,000 internationally over the past week. It now stands at $216.6 million domestically, $406 million internationally, and $622.7 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 is above $100 million over the original. 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 gained some dollars. Avengers: Infinity War added about $13,000 to its international earnings.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.207 billion
Total International Gross: $3.799 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.006 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.794 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $220.7 million
Average International Gross: $379.9 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $600.6 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $468.7 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.