Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Aquaman Swims to the Top Ten.
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 a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.565 billion domestically, $4.345 billion internationally, $6.910 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $5.698 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.
Aquaman is the little film that could. After a domestic debut that some called a failure the film is now the top grossing DC Cinematic Universe film as it has now earned $940.7 million worldwide and will be the first of that film universe to cross $1 billion (though not the first DC related film).
This past weekend the film earned an estimated $30.7 million to come in first place for the third weekend. It has now earned $259.7 million domestically which is about what Wonder Woman did after the same time period. Wonder Woman went on to gross $407.2 million domestically to be the highest grossing domestic film of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Internationally is where the film has really taken off adding another $56.2 million this past weekend from 79 markets to bring its international total to $681 million. The film has passed Black Panther in international earnings to be the second highest grossing internationally comic film of the year and third for all films.
The film is the top of the new batch of DC films beating the previous king Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by nearly $70 million and that will only expand. As far as all films based on DC Comics, it currently ranks third behind The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It will need about $150 million to become the highest grossing DC film of all time worldwide and it will likely cross $1 billion. The film still hasn’t opened in Japan and will do so in February 8. That’s the last key market to see release.
The movie is now the ninth highest grossing comic film of all time worldwide and will need to pass those two Batman films to move higher on the list. While there’s a chance it’ll do that, it’d need over $230 million to get to #6 on the list.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse held on to fourth place this past weekend with an estimated $13 million to bring its domestic total to $133.9 million. It added $11.7 million overseas to bring that total to $141.5 million and $275.4 million worldwide. The recent Golden Globe win should boost the film’s box office over the next week or two and a likely Oscar win will do the film well. It shouldn’t be expected for this film to do numbers like other Spider-Man films and with a much smaller budget, the film has done quite fine.
This past weekend Venom didn’t chart but earned about $165,000 domestically and $180,000 internationally over the week. The film now stands at $213.4 million domestically and $642.1 internationally for a worldwide total of $855.5 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 comic based 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 8.56x 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 or third 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 75.07% of its earnings compared to 62.65% for other Spider-Man films.
Once Upon a Deadpool didn’t chart for the weekend but did bring in dollars over the week. It added $70,000 to its domestic total and $50,000 to its international total. Those amounts are being added to the original film, Deadpool 2‘s, earnings. Deadpool 2 has earned $324.5 million domestically, $418.1 internationally, and $742.7 million worldwide.
Avengers: Infinity War has gained some more dollars. The film added about $3,000 to its international earnings.
Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.
Total Domestic Gross: $2.565 billion
Total International Gross: $4.345 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.910 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.698 billion
Average Domestic Gross: $256.5 million
Average International Gross: $434.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $691 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $559.1 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.