Disney Superheroes Were Box Office Smashes
Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther ranked number one and number two respectively at the worldwide box office this year. The North American box office saw an increase in foot traffic and revenue. In fact, with these two leading movies, Disney beat their 2016 record ($11.4 billion), and earned $11.9 billion in 2018.
Top 10 Highest Grossing Films of 2018 (United States)
- Black Panther ($700 million)
- Avengers: Infinity War ($678 million)
- Incredibles 2 ($608 million)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($417 million)
- Deadpool 2 ($318 million)
- Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch ($266 million)
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($220 million)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp ($216 million)
- Solo: A Star Wars Story ($213 million)
- Venom ($213 million)
Five of these movies are Disney’s. Disney made half of the top ten movies of 2018. They even beat out highly anticipated/praised movies such as A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Overall Disney Stats
Disney’s numbers are even more surprising given the competition traditional studios now face with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. In spite of those services, Disney had its best box office year ever, grossing over $3 million in the United States. Disney is now Hollywood’s top studio by a lot – $1 billion to be most accurate.
Disney currently has about 26% of the market share. That’s one studio with just over a quarter of the market share. That percentage will only increase once the purchase of 21st Century Fox’s assets is complete in 2019.
What To Look Forward To
Disney isn’t even close to being done. 2019 is setting up to be another profitable year with movies everyone is Tweeting, Facebooking, and otherwise posting about. Here are the films Disney has announced so far for the upcoming year:
Captain Marvel (March 8)
Live-action Dumbo (March 29)
Avengers: Endgame (April 26)
Live-action Aladdin (May 24)
Dark Phoenix (June 7)
Toy Story 4 (June 21)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5)
“Live-action” Lion King (July 19)
The New Mutants (August 2)
Artemis Fowl (August 9)
Frozen 2 (November 22)
Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20)
In case you haven’t heard, Beyoncé is in the new Lion King. BEYONCÉ. What a time to be alive.
That alone is a reason to be stoked for what Disney has in store this year. I know I’ll be getting to tickets to basically all of these. We’ll have to see if Disney can top 2019!