Avengers: Endgame Rules the Box Office as 3 Comic Films Take the Top 5

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 $2.697 billion domestically, $4.561 billion internationally, $7.258 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.046 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.


It was a given that Avengers: Endgame would win the weekend box office domestically and worldwide but the film has delivered numbers few predicted. Domestically, the film earned an estimated $350 million over its first three days. In five days, the film has earned $1.209 billion at the global box office. And, those numbers are likely to improve when the final ones are revealed.

The film’s $350 million debut is almost $93 million more than the previous record of $257.69 million set by Avengers: Infinity War last year. It’s also 90% of the market share with the film accounting for 4 out of 5 tickets sold this weekend domestically.

The critics and audience loved the film with it receiving an “A+” CinemaScore. That’s the third Marvel film to receive that score, along The Avengers and Black Panther. The audience was 57% male and 61% was 25 years of age or older.

Here’s the records broken by the film.

Largest Thursday Previews: $60 million
Previous Record: $57 million (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Widest Opening: 4,662 theaters
Previous Record: 4,529 theaters (Despicable Me 3)
Largest Friday, Opening Day and Single Day: $156.7 million
Previous Record: $119.1 million (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Largest Saturday: $109 million
Previous Record: $82.1 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Largest Sunday: $84.3 million
Previous Record: $69.2 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Domestic Opening Weekend: $350 million
Previous Record: $257.69 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
1 Movie Market Share: 90%
Previous Record: 84.5% (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Highest Per Theater Average (Wide Opening): $75,075 / 4,662 theaters
Previous Record: $59,982 / 4,134 theaters ()
Largest April Opening, Spring Opening, PG-13 Opening and 3-Day Gross: $350 million
Previous Record: $257.69 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Biggest Weekend Overall (Top 12 Gross): $389 million
Previous Record: $305.55 million (Dec. 18–20, 2015)
Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day
Previous Record: 1 Day (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Fastest to $150 Million: 1 Day
Previous Record: 2 Days (Avengers: Infinity War)
Fastest to $200 Million: 2 Days
Previous Record: 3 Days (Avengers: Infinity War)
Fastest to $250 Million: 3 Days
Previous Record: 3 Days (Avengers: Infinity War)
Fastest to $300 Million: 3 Days
Previous Record: 5 Days (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Fastest to $350 Million: 3 Days
Previous Record: 6 Days (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
International Opening Weekend: $859 million
Previous Record: $443.15 million (The Fate of the Furious)
Worldwide Opening Weekend: $1.2 billion
Previous Record: $640.5 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Global 3D Opening Record: ~$540 million
Previous Record: ~$366 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Global IMAX Opening Record: $91.5 million
Previous Record: $47.6 million (Star War: The Force Awakens)

Internationally the film crushed records too. It earned more than $400 million more than the previous record holder what was The Fate and the Furious. It’s also the fastest film to ever top $1 billion globally in just five days. It’s the 18th largest worldwide release ever and sixth largest worldwide release for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the 22nd film in that franchise, Marvel has grossed over $19.8 billion worldwide of which nine of those films have earned more than $1 billion at the box office.

The film earned the largest opening in 45 markets and that includes the #1 opening day in China with $107. million and the largest five day in that market with $330.5 million.

The film is released in Russia today as the final international market.

The film is already the fifth highest grossing comic film of all time worldwide.

But, that’s not all for Marvel’s success…

Captain Marvel received the expected boost coming in at #2 with an estimated $8 million three day weekend. The film has earned $413.6 million domestically. It also added $2 million internationally to bring its international total to $696.6 million and $1.110 billion worldwide.

The movie is about $37 million behind Aquaman to move up a spot on the comic movie chart.

The weekend top five was capped off with another comic film Shazam! with an estimated $5.5 million and a domestic total of $131.1 million after four weeks. Internationally the film added $5.4 million from 80 markets to bring that total to $215.2 million and $346.3 million worldwide.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film so far and is unlikely to change that.

Hellboy dropped to #14 with an estimated $355,000 to bring its domestic total to $21.5 million off of a $50 million budget.

Alita: Battle Angel didn’t chart but gained about $100,000 domestically and $400,00 internationally. The film has earned $85.6 million domestically, $318.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $404.3 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but earned $150,000 internationally to bring that to $185 million. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million the worldwide total is $375.3 million.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.561 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.258 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.046 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.8 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.