Marvel Studios has officially surpassed $4 billion in global box office receipts for 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp finished up doing its small part this weekend, reaching $610.2M. That’s all Marvel needed, however, with Black Panther ($1.347B) and Avengers: Infinity War ($2.046B) doing the heavy lifting earlier this year.
This makes 2018 Marvel Studios’ biggest year at the box office, by a wide margin. The studio’s previous best was just under $2.6B last year. Marvel Studios’ three 2018 releases averaged an astonishing $1.33B per film, though that figure will go up a bit with Ant-Man and the Wasp still in theaters.
Marvel Studios can add this $4 billion mark to a long list of reasons to celebrate in 2018. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was born with Iron Man in 2008. The entire year has been filled with various events celebrating the first ten years of Marvel movies, including a tenth-anniversary film festival in IMAX theaters last weekend. As much as fans have enjoyed looking back, it was Marvel Studios’ present that truly made 2018 a banner year.
Marvel Studios enjoyed their best domestic performance (and best solo movie performance worldwide) in Black Panther. Next came Avengers: Infinity War, which collected domestic and worldwide opening weekend records on its way to becoming Marvel Studios’ all-time global box office champ. Ant-Man and the Wasp may not have been a world-beater, but it showed solid growth for its own franchise after the first Ant-Man earned $519M three years ago.
$4 billion is a pretty good year for a major studio with a full slate of films. Reaching that mark with just three movies is ridiculous. I’m not sure what the exchange rate is between dollars and space units, but remember that 4 billion can get you an orb with the Power Stone in it.
Thanos may have collected a half dozen Infinity Stones, but he forgot about the Money Stone, which clearly belongs to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.