Marvel Studios is three for three. All of the studio’s 2019 productions have topped (at least) $1 billion at the global box office, with Spider-Man: Far From Home reaching that milestone earlier this week. Far From Home is also the first film in the 17-year history of the Spider-Man franchise to top $1 billion.
This is the first time Marvel Studios has ever produced three-billion dollar hits in the same year. The studio surpassed its 2018 global box office record of $4B weeks ago and now stands at $4.925B in 2019. Depending on how Far From Home performs from here, $5B in global receipts is within reach, just for 2019.
There is a slight caveat to consider. Unlike 2018, Disney will not receive all of the money from Marvel Studios’ movies this year. Disney distributed Captain Marvel ($1.128B) and Avengers: Endgame ($2.791B), but Sony Pictures distributed Far From Home.
Regardless, Far From Home remains a Marvel Studios production and counts toward Marvel’s 2019 and lifetime box office stats. The same was the case for Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017 and the five Phase One films that were released before Disney started distributing MCU films with The Avengers in 2012. Disney can’t claim Far From Home in its box office numbers for 2019, but Marvel Studios can.
It has been just over eleven years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with Iron Man. At this point, a little audience attrition would be forgivable. Through the consistent quality of its storytelling, however, Marvel Studios is enjoying its biggest year ever, highlighted by three billion-dollar movies, one of which is the biggest film of all time.