Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Aquaman Crosses $1 Billion

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 $2.607 billion domestically, $4.410 billion internationally, $7.018 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $5.806 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.

In second place at this past weekend’s box office was Aquaman which dropped from first place after three weeks on top. The film added an estimated $17.26 million domestically and $27.9 million internationally. That pushed the film to $1.020 billion worldwide which has it as the second highest grossing DC Comics film worldwide. It’s the first film in the DC Cinematic universe to cross the billion dollar mark and the ninth comic film to do so. It currently is the eighth highest grossing comic film worldwide ever.

Interestingly, the film is the second lowest DC Cinematic film so far beating just Justice League. It needs about another $4 million to pass Man of Steel. The film is first when it comes to international earnings by almost $200 million. That’s the difference. It’s also rather average when it comes to the budget for those films.

The film’s box office success has China to thank where it has earned almost the same amount as it has domestically. Domestically, the film has brought in $287.9 million while in China it has earned $284.9 million.

The film needs to earn $64.6 million to be the top grossing DC film ever and it is likely to do just that before its run is over. It opens in Japan on February 8 so will likely succeed in doing that and more.

In fourth place this past weekend was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse fresh off of its Golden Globe win. The film earned an estimated $9 million in its fifth week. Domestically the film has earned $147.7 million. Internationally it added. $9.4 million to bring that total to $154.6 million and worldwide earnings to $302.4 million. With a budget of just $90 million, the film has done well and will likely have longer legs with award season showering it with accolades.

This past weekend Venom didn’t chart but earned about $70,000 domestically and $100,000 internationally over the week. The film now stands at $213.4 million domestically and $642.2 internationally for a worldwide total of $855.7 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 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 $40,000 to its domestic total and $880,000 to its international total. Those amounts are being added to the original film, Deadpool 2‘s, earnings. Deadpool 2 has earned $324.6 million domestically, $419.1 internationally, and $743.6 million worldwide.

Avengers: Infinity War has gained some more dollars. The film added about $1,200 to its international earnings.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.607 billion
Total International Gross: $4.410 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.018 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.806 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $260.7 million
Average International Gross: $441 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $701.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $569.9 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.

Comic Movies Domestic Earnings
Comic Movies International Earnings
Comic Movies Worldwide Earnings
Comic Movies "profits"
Comic Movies multiplier