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Avengers: Endgame Marches Towards Avatar

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!


Avengers: Endgame finally dropped out of the top five this past weekend coming in at #6. The film added $6.7 million to its total to bring it to $815.5 million domestically. Internationally, the film added $18 million over the week to bring that total to $1.898 billion. The film has now earned $2.713 billion. That puts it just $75 million shy of the all time record holder Avatar which earned $2.788 billion. While it was expected Endgame would topple that giant, it’ll be close as the summer blockbusters roll in to challenge it for dollars.

Captain Marvel slipped just one spot to #18. It added an estimated $170,000 to its domestic total and bringing it to $426.2 million. Internationally, the film added about $140,000 to its total over the week. That total now stands at $701.3 million for a worldwide gross of $1.128 billion. The film is now $19 million behind Aquaman.

Shazam! didn’t chart for the weekend box office but earned about $102,000 over the week domestically. The film has earned $138.7 million domestically, $223.4 million internationally, and $362.1 million worldwide. It’s about $8.5 million behind Captain America: The First Avenger and most likely won’t pass it.

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 and is unlikely to change that. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.

Alita: Battle Angel has shown some life earning some dollars at the international box office. The film earned $72,000 over the week to bring that total to $319.1 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $404.9 million. It’s $3 million short of X2: X-Men United.

After a few weeks of no earnings, Dragon Ball Super: Broly received a boost at the international box office. The film added $3.3 million to that total and bringing it to $83.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $114.1 million. It has now passed 1995’s Judge Dredd and is now #108 in worldwide earnings for a comic adaptation.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week and looks like its earnings have been adjusted a bit. The international earnings dropped about $30,000. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million and international total of $185.2 million, the worldwide total is $375.4 million. It’s the last release on 2018 whose total is adjusting. 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.

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