Aquaman Passes Batman vs. Superman While Alita Beats Expectations

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 $2.686 billion domestically, $4.536 billion internationally, $7.222 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.010 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.

Alita: Battle Angel came in first place at the box office this past weekend beating expectations with an estimated $27.8 million for the three-day weekend and is expected to earn a bit over $33 million for the four-day weekend. Over five days the film will have earned around $41 million which is well ahead the $30 million expectation. Still, the film has a $170 million price tag and would need somewhere around $500-$550 million worldwide to break even.

Internationally the film debuted in 11 markets last weekend and expanded to 86 markets this weekend. There it earned $56.1 million to bring its foreign earnings to $94.3 million. It’ll release in China and Japan on February 22.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is still bringing in the dollars though not charting on the weekend box office. Domestic grosses increased by about $250,000 million an international earnings increased by about $700,000 million. Currently the film has earned $30.7 million domestically and $72.3 million internationally for a worldwide total of $103 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped two spots from the previous weekend to come in at #11. It earned an estimated $2 million to bring its domestic total to $182.7 million after 10 weeks. With foreign earnings of $173.3 million the film has earned $356 million worldwide. It has passed X-Men: First Class in worldwide earnings.

Aquaman has crossed $331 million domestically and is now the second highest grossing domestic release for a DC Extended Universe film only behind Wonder Woman’s $412.6 million. It came in at #12 for the weekend down from last weekend’s #8. The film earned $1.9 million to bring its domestic total to $331.4 million. Internationally the film has earned $799.4 million to bring its worldwide total to $1.131 billion.

Deadpool 2 is still bringing it in internationally adding about $90,000 to that total. With a total of $784.9 million worldwide, it is the top grossing “X” film ever (not adjusting for inflation).

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.686 billion
Total International Gross: $4.536 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.222 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.010 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $268.6 million
Average International Gross: $453.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $722.2 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $590.3 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.