Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Spider-Verse Passes LEGO Batman

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 $2.618 billion domestically, $4.420 billion internationally, $7.038 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $5.826 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.

The 2019 way of comic based films has launched and already making news. In third place this past weekend was a surprise with Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The movie is based on the popular manga which has spun out numerous anime shows and films. The film was close with Aquaman and is expected to beat that film with an estimated earning between $9.3 million and $10.7 million for the weekend. The studio isn’t reporting domestic grosses so this one is definitely estimates. On the lower end, the film will be in fourth place with Aquaman in third. The film opened on Wednesday so is estimated to have earned around $21 million domestically since then. Internationally, the film is in its seventh week and earned an estimated $5.3 million from 18 markets for an international total of $65.8 million for a worldwide total of $87 million. An anime film debuting in the top five is big news and kicks off the year nicely.

Aquaman earned an estimated $10.3 million domestically this past weekend to bring that total to $304.3 million. It also added $14.3 million from 79 international markets to bring that total to $759.1 million internationally. Worldwide the film has earned $1.06 billion and will likely pass The Dark Knight Rises to become to the top grossing DC Comics adaptation worldwide.

Interestingly, the film is the third lowest (really the middle of the pack out of six films) DC Cinematic film so far beating just Justice League and Man of Steel. There’s a chance it will beat both Suicide Squad and Dawn of Justice domestically when its done in the theater. The film is first when it comes to international earnings by over $200 million. That’s the difference. It’s also rather average when it comes to the budget for those films.

Rounding out the top five this past weekend was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which had a small drop of 19.8% from the previous weekend and earned $7.25 million for the three day and around $9 million for the for day. The domestic total is $158.3 million. Internationally the film added $4.7 million to bring that total to $164.6 million for a worldwide total of $322.9 million. The film passed last year’s animated release LEGO Batman for worldwide earnings.

This past weekend Venom didn’t chart but earned about $50,000 domestically and $60,000 internationally over the week. The film now stands at $213.5 million domestically and $642.3 internationally for a worldwide total of $855.8 million.

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.

Deadpool 2 will soon be opening in China which will give the film a nice boost. It’s still bringing in money as is adding about $12,000 to its domestic total and $230,000 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, $419.3 internationally, and $743.9 million worldwide.

Avengers: Infinity War saw an adjustment for its international earnings bringing that total down by about $300,000.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.618 billion
Total International Gross: $4.420 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.038 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.826 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $261.8 million
Average International Gross: $442.0 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $703.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $571.9 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.