Avengers: Endgame Crosses $800 million and Into the Spider-Verse Keeps on Swinging
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, $4.562 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!
In third place at the box office this past weekend was Avengers: Endgame. It added an estimated $16.8 million domestically over the three days and will be around $22 million for the four day holiday. The film crossed $800 million domestically, only the second to do so. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the first. Internationally, the film added $15.3 million from 54 markets. It’s now about $111 million behind Avatar to become the highest grossing film worldwide of all time. The film has earned $803.6 million domestically and $1.879 billion internationally for a worldwide total of $2.683 billion.
Captain Marvel came in at #18 adding an estimated $359,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $425.8 million. Internationally the film has earned $701.2 million (a gain of about $1 million over the week) for a worldwide total of $1.127 billion. It’s now about $20.7 million behind Aquaman and remains in 9th place for worldwide grosses for a comic adaptation.
Shazam! come in at #20 this past weekend with an estimated $268,000 adding to its domestic total. That now stands at $138.5 million. Internationally, the film earned about $700,000 over the week to bring that total to $223.4 million and a worldwide total of $362 million.
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. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.
Hellboy didn’t make any gains over the week, so this one is officially dead in the water.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but earned $10,000 internationally to bring that to $185.2 million. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million the worldwide total is $375.5 million. It’s the last release on 2018 to still be earning money. Once it’s done, we’ll be doing our dive into the year as a whole.
Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.
Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 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: $456.2 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.