The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to put more distance between itself and every other franchise at the worldwide box office. Less than three months after reaching $14 billion, Marvel Studios has now eclipsed $16 billion, thanks to the continued success of Black Panther ($1.34B) and the rapid revenue haul by Avengers: Infinity War ($1.16B).
There is no other franchise in the same neighborhood as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Wars will likely become just the second franchise to top $10B with Solo: A Star Wars Story later this month. Marvel Studios will only add to their lead, however, with plenty more money to be earned by Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp later this year.
Marvel Studios has the advantage of having released more films than Star Wars. The latter may have a higher average gross per film, but the fact that Marvel Studios continues to raise their average (now at almost $843M worldwide per film) after releasing 19 features in a decade is a feat of consistency that may never be rivaled.
Marvel Studios has continued to deliver quality and quantity with a perfect “Fresh” record on Rotten Tomatoes, outstanding CinemaScores, and profitable returns on their films. With Infinity War opening in China this week and Ant-Man and the Wasp on the way, Marvel could be celebrating a $17B milestone in just a couple months.