Marvel Studios has a couple billion reasons to be thankful this year. The studio has now earned over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office in 2017. The studio broke its own annual record from 2015 ($1.93B) weeks ago and everything else has just been gravy.
This is the first year in which Marvel Studios has released three films, but all that’s been overextended are moviegoers’ wallets. Thor: Ragnarok now stands at $759.3M midway through the holiday weekend. It should eclipse $800M before too long, joining its to Marvel Cinematic Universe predecessors in 2017.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 started the year off with a bang, earning $863.6M during its run, which began in May. Spider-Man: Homecoming remains the highest grossing superhero movie of the year at $880.1M worldwide. That Spider-Man money is going to Sony instead of Disney, but Marvel Studios still gets credit for having produced the film. Warner Bros.’ Justice League is not on pace to challenge that number, making the God of Thunder the only threat to Spidey for the year’s superhero crown. Either way, Marvel Studios will claim the year’s world champion (the 8th consecutive year they’ve done that).
Box office domination is nothing new for Marvel Studios. The studio has now released 17 feature films that have hauled in a combined total of over $13.4B globally. Perhaps the most satisfying part of Marvel’s success is that they have truly earned it.
Studio boss Kevin Feige has led the company to an unprecedented winning streak not only at the box office, but also with critics and audiences. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor:Ragnarok each picked up a 92% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was also “Certified Fresh” with a very respectable 82% on the Tomatometer.
Audiences have enjoyed the MCU just as much as critics. They’ve spent the money to generate those box office totals, but also left the theater as satisfied customers. All three Marvel movies in 2017 received an “A” CinemaScore. Through 17 films, Marvel Studios now has one “A+” rating (The Avengers), twelve “A” ratings, three “A-” ratings, and one “B+” (2011’s Thor).
Marvel Studios’ biggest year ever just keeping getting bigger. It’s going to need every penny, though, if 2017 wants to hold that record for very long. Marvel Studios will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018 and mark the occasion with three massive releases: Black Panther (February 16), Avengers: Infinity War (May 4), and Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6).