Last updated January 1st
Update: Now that it’s 2019, the winners are in!
The 2018 calendar saw a total of nine major superhero movie releases. Now that all of them have been released in theaters, we tracked their box office stats to see if any of them overcame the juggernauts that are the MCU’s two biggest efforts of the year. We’re in the home stretch now, but there’s still one big weekend and holiday left before the final tally.
Disney/Marvel may be done for the year, but both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War have done significant heavy lifting at the box office already. A pair of family-friendly crowd-pleasers in Incredibles 2 and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies may surprise you with their box office performance, maybe not in raw cash tallies but in some other metrics. We’ll be looking at totals for the best opening day, best opening weekend, and best overall performance; we’ll also be factoring in domestic, international, and total amounts. One other metric that has less to do with money and more to do with audience enjoyment is the retention percentage, or how much of a movie’s audience it retained from one week to the next. Anything over 50% is a pretty good indication that audiences are willing to see a movie after opening weekend and that word of mouth is generally positive.
Here’s a reminder of the superhero movies that opened this year:
- Black Panther – February 16th
- Avengers: Infinity War – April 27th
- Deadpool 2 – May 18th
- Incredibles 2 – June 15th
- Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6th
- Teen Titans Go! To the Movies – July 27th
- Venom – October 5th
- Once Upon a Deadpool* – December 12th
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – December 14th
- Aquaman – December 21st
(*The PG-13 re-release of Once Upon a Deadpool box office figures will be included in the original sequel’s theatrical total but also shown in a separate standalone entry so you can see how much the reframed “holiday” cut has made.)
We’ll be updating this article as the new movies come out throughout the fall, but you can get a good idea of how the Superhero Movies Box Office Race of 2018 stacks up right now!