Disney's 2018 Box Office Breakdown
Disney had an amazing run at the box office in 2018. They look to carry over that dominance in 2019. For now, let's examine what movies helped Disney at the box office in 2018. Disney had films from themselves, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.
Black Panther was the first Disney branded film to premiere in 2018. Similar to Beauty and the Beast in 2017 it has held the top spot at the domestic box office (Beauty and the Beast was later dethroned by Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Black Panther follows T'Challa taking over as king of Wakanda after the death of his father, unknowingly his cousin Killmonger shows up to try to steal his throne.
Black Panther had a $202 million opening weekend. It grossed over $700 million domestically, and $646 million globally. Bringing its overall total to $1.3 billion. Black Panther had a budget of $200 million so it definitely made a return.
A Wrinkle in Time
The film opened March 9 and it didn't close until July 5. That isn't because it was a booming success either. A Wrinkle in Time had a budget between $100-130 million. It only made $33 million on its opening weekend. It was swallowed by the Black Panther phenomenon.
A Wrinkle in Time made a "miraculous" $100 million domestically, and only $32 million globally. This was definitely a flop, and Disney lost money on this one. Which poses the question of how does a film with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Zach Galifianakis fail? Maybe, the story should've been altered.
Avengers: Infinity War
Somehow this film is number two domestically compared to Black Panther. Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of 19 previous films and the continuation of the ever-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War and Endgame had the massive luxury budget of $316-400 million.
Avengers: Infinity War made $678 million domestically. It made $1.3 billion globally. Bringing its final total to $2 billion. Making it a massive success for Walt Disney Studios.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story had a massive budget of $300 million. Solo initially did okay. But it had to feel the pains of coming out against Deadpool 2 and a still-raging Avengers: Infinity War. It made $84 million on its opening weekend. It should've made near $100 million that first weekend considering it was a Star Wars film.
Solo: A Star Wars Story followed the adventures of a young Han Solo chronicling how he met Chewbacca and introducing some fascinating characters from his past. Solo made $213 million domestically, and $179 million globally. Overall, it made $392 million.
Incredibles 2 picks up where the original left off. It made $182 million opening weekend. It made $608 million domestically, and $633 million globally. Bringing its overall total to $1.2 billion. It ranks as the number one box office film for Pixar. Incredibles 2 had a budget of $200 million.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the events of Captain America: Civil War. It was the third film out of the MCU. It was much lighter fare compared to Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Ant-Man and the Wasp made $75 million on its opening weekend. It made $622 million overall. With $216 million coming from the domestic box office, and $406 million coming from the global box office.
Ant-Man and the Wasp had a budget of $162 million.
Christopher Robin has grown older and he has forgotten his friends from Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh tries to remind him of the happiness they once had.
Christopher Robin made $99 million domestically, and $98 million globally. So it was pretty even on both sides. Overall the film made $197 million on a $75 million budget.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms had a budget of $120 million. I have to point out that it hasn't closed at the box office. Considering it only opened on November 2. It made $20 million on its opening weekend. It has made $54 million domestically so far, and it has made $111 million globally so far. The current total is $166 million and still going. It will be interesting to see what it closes at.
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Ralph Breaks The Internet had a budget of $175 million. It follows the adventures of Ralph and Vanellope as they adventure into the world of the internet. $171 million was made domestically so far. Globally, Ralph has made $146 million. Bringing the total to over $318 million and counting.
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns takes place twenty years after the original film. As the grown-up Banks children once again need saving from Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins Returns had the budget of $130 million. Mary Poppins Returns just came out.
It made $23 million its opening weekend. It has made $81 million domestically, and $22 million globally. Mary Poppins Returns currently stands at $103 million. It still has time to reach its budget and to exceed it. Will see how the final three Disney films total soon.
Yet Disney has a lot to be happy about in 2018. Their box office total as a studio crossed $7 billion at the box office. Disney may even reach its $3 billion domestic record.
Disney in 2019 has more box office fuel than ever. It has some legendary franchises coming up to bat but which ones will hit a home run and which ones will strikeout? My Disney 2019 Preview will be coming soon.
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