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Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Aquaman Continues to Rock

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 $2.671 billion domestically, $4.506 billion internationally, $7.176 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $5.965 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.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly made waves debuting in the top five and dropped off of the weekend box office quickly. The film earned about $150,000 domestically and $200,000 internationally to $29.1 million and $70 million for a worldwide total of $99.1 million.

Aquaman dropped one spot to come in fourth place. It earned an estimated $4.8 million to bring its domestic total to $323.6 million. It also added $4.6 million internationally to bring that total to $783.4 million and $1.1 billion worldwide. The film opens in Japan February 8 so is looking at quite a few more dollars before its run is over. There’s a chance the film passes Captain America: Civil War before its run is over, it needs just $47 million.

Rounding out the top five was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with an estimated $4.4 million to bring its domestic total to $175.3 million. It also added $1.6 million internationally to bring that total to $172 million and $347.3 million worldwide.

Deadpool 2 has slowed domestically but earned a little over $4.4 million internationally. The film stands at $324.6 million domestically and $447.4 million internationally. 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 7.02x.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.671 billion
Total International Gross: $4.506 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.176 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $5.965 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $265.1 million
Average International Gross: $450.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $717.6 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $585.7 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.