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Avengers: Endgame Passes the $700 million Mark, 2018’s Releases Continue to Bring in the Dollars

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 $6.047 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.

While 2018’s films are winding down as far as earnings, they’re still not done!


Avengers: Endgame has won the weekend box office for a third time in a row with an estimated $63.1 million. That brings the domestic total for the film to $723.5 million making it only the third film ever to cross $700 million. It now stands as the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time passing fellow Marvel Cinematic FilmBlack Panther.

Internationally, the film added #102.3 million to bring that total to $1.762 billion. It’s the second highest grossing film internationally behind Avatar‘s $2.027 billion.

Worldwide, the film stands at $2.485 billion putting it a little over $300 million away from overtaking Avatar as the top grossing film ever. That film earned $2.788 billion. There’s a good chance the film will eventually be number one and most likely will take a month’s time, though it may be tight as the summer box office really kicks off and competition rolls out.

Captain Marvel dropped from #5 last week to come in at #10 adding $1.8 million to its domestic total after 10 weeks. The film has earned $423.8 million so far. The film is about $24 million behind Aquaman but most likely won’t pass it.

Shazam! dropped from #8 last week to #12 this past weekend adding $1.1 million to its domestic total to bring that to $137.1 million after six weeks. The film ranks #60 in all-time worldwide earnings for a comic based film. It’s about $12 million behind Captain America: The First Avenger which ranks #59.

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.

Alita: Battle Angel didn’t rank in the weekend box office but earned an estimated $20,000 over the week to bring its domestic total to $85.7 million. The film also earned about $21,000 over the past week internationally to increase that total to $319.1 million and $404.8 million worldwide.

Hellboy continued to not rank on the weekend box office but over the week earned about $104,000 domestically to bring that total to $21.8 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but earned $80,000 internationally to bring that to $185.2 million. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million the worldwide total is $375.4 million.

Aquaman brought in some money over the past week adding about $100,000 to its international total to bring that to $812.7 million. The film has earned $1.148 billion worldwide.


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”: $6.047 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: $671.9 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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