Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Aquaman Passes Dark Knight Rises

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 $2.657 billion domestically, $4.490 billion internationally, $7.148 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $5.936 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. This past weekend at the box office Dragon Ball Super: Broly dropped 63.3% from last weekend and earned an estimated $3.6 million to bring its domestic total to $29 million. The film has also earned $69.8 million from foreign markets for a worldwide total of $98.8 million. This is after a debut weekend in the top five of the box office.

Aquaman came in third place and brought in $7.4 million to bring its domestic total to $316.6 million. The film has now earned $1.091 billion making it the top grossing film based on a DC character. It’s also the third largest WB movie of all time and 25th largest worldwide release ever. It’s the seventh highest grossing comic film and it’s unlikely it’ll move higher as the film has $63 million to go to do that.

Rounding out the top five was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse which repeated in that spot. It earned an estimated $6.2 million to bring its domestic total to $169 million. It will likely become the highest grossing domestic release ever for Sony Animation some time this week. Internationally the film added $2.8 million to bring that total to $169.1 million to bring its worldwide total to $338.1 million.

This past weekend Venom didn’t chart but earned about $25,000 domestically and $1,000 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 opened in China earning $21 million and giving the film new life. The film stands at $324.6 million domestically, about $5,000 more than last week and $443 million internationally an increase of $24 million. The film is now the second highest grossing X film behind Deadpool. It’ll have to earn a lot more to be as successful as that film as it has a budget about double of it. The film has passed both Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther when it comes to budget multiplier. It’s in second for the year with a current 6.98x.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.657 billion
Total International Gross: $4.490 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.148 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.936 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $265.7 million
Average International Gross: $449.0 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $714.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $582.9 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.

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