Avengers: Endgame Closes in on 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, $7.259 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.
It looks like 2018’s films have stopped bringing in money so we’ll give it one more week and then do our overall dive into how the year ranked.
The big news over the past week was the “rerelease” of Avengers: Endgame. The movie got a boost expanding into 2,025 locations, an increase of 1,040. The film added an introduction from director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene, and a sneak peek of Spider-Man: Far From Home. estimates had the film earning $2.5 million. It exceeded that, earning an estimated $5.5 million over the weekend. That’s an increase of 178.5% from the previous week. Internationally the film added $5 million over the week.
Domestically, the film has earned $841.3 million. Internationally, the film stands at $1.920 billion for a worldwide total of $2.761 billion. The “rerelease” is a ploy to topple Avatar as the top grossing film of all time (though it still wouldn’t be when you take into account inflation). The move has closed the gap though and stands now just $26.7 million away from becoming the “top grossing” film worldwide.
Dark Phoenix continues its slide coming in at #13. The film added $1.7 million to its domestic total for the weekend bringing that to $63.6 million after four weeks. The movie also earned $8.3 million internationally over the week. That total stands at $181.1 million for a worldwide total of $244.7 million. The movie has passed Batman & Robin to become #80 when it comes to worldwide grosses for a comic adaptation.
Captain Marvel isn’t charting but still earning a decent chunk of change. Over the week, the film added $38,000 domestically and $6,000 internationally over the week to bring those totals to $426.8 million and $701.4 million. That’s a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.
Shazam! also didn’t chart but it too has been earning money over the week. The film added $160,000 domestically to its total to bring that to $140.0 million. It film also added $600,000 to its international total to increase that to $224 million. Worldwide, the movie has earned $364 million.
We’re still waiting for 2018’s films to wrap up their earnings. Aquaman saw a boost of $200,00 in its international total. Domestically, the film has earned $335.1 million, $812.9 million internationally, and $1.148 billion worldwide.
Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.
Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 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: $725.9 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.