In record-breaking 2018, US box office sales has amounted to around $11.38 billion, as more viewers stepped into the theaters to watch blockbusters of this year, CNBC news reported. As the final week of the year is likely to be the busy time for moviegoers, analysts estimate the final total amount could be as high as $11.8 billion.
In particular, superhero movies dominated the box office in 2018 with more audience support. Among the top five highest-grossing movies this year, four were in the superhero genre. This year, Hollywood released a total of nine superhero movies, grossing $2.9 billion domestically, or accounting for 25.5 % of total ticket sales, according to data compiled by Comscore.
Comscore’s senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian said that the movie theater is alive and thriving, and he has yet to see the evidence of superhero fatigue. Audiences are willing to pay to watch these big-budget, action-packed movies on the big screens, he added.
Many American ticketing companies like Fandango gave a lot of credit to ‘Black Panther’ – the third-highest-grossing movie in the US history. It collected over $700 million domestically and an additional $646.8 million at the international box office, during its run in theaters this year.
Black Panther was not only well received by the critics but also received a Golden Globe nomination and is more likely to be nominated for an Academy Award 2019.
According to Comscore data, Disney produced four of the nine superhero movies that released this year, collecting over $2.2 billion in domestic ticket sales. Continued interest from audience augers well for Disney, which is scheduled to release two more Marvel movies next year.
‘Captain Marvel’ – teased to be the only superhero to take on supervillain Thanos – is set to hit the theaters in March 2019, nearly a year after the cliffhanger ending to Avengers: Infinity War. Two months later, Disney has slated to release ‘Avengers: Endgame’ which could provide some resolution to the events of ‘Infinity War’.
Other comic-inspired films are also releasing next year, including Sony’s Spider-Man: Far from Home, as well as DC’s Joker and Shazam. Disney had a stellar year at the box office, accounting for 26.3% of all domestic ticket sales in 2018, while Universal Studios represented 14.9%, Warner Bros 12%, and Sony accounted for only 7%.