Hi heroes!

With only a few days left to go before 2018 comes to an end, now is the perfect time to take a look at the Top Ten highest grossing movies of the year. The figures are in and while some movies are still playing in cinemas (Aquaman etc), the majority of this year’s big releases are now in fixed positions.

What is the highest grossing film of 2018?

Did Infinity War obliterate the competition?

Did Venom really do THAT well?

Do Chinese audiences still make a huge difference to the box office Top Ten?

Well, for all those answers and more, read on…

Here are the Top Ten highest grossing movies of 2018

  • 10 – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($613,394,713)
  • 9 – Ant-Man and the Wasp ($622,674,139)
  • 8 – Bohemian Rhapsody ($668,073,632)
  • 7 – Deadpool 2 ($741,516,406)
  • 6 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($791,017,452)
  • 5 – Venom ($854,982,569)
  • 4 – The Incredibles 2 ($1,242,513,600)
  • 3 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($1,304,944,060)
  • 2 – Black Panther ($1,346,913,161)
  • 1 – Avengers: Infinity War ($2,048,709,917)

Source: Box Office Mojo

Image: ©Marvel Studios/Disney

So, let’s talk about the Top Ten. Of the ten movies listed above exactly half are based on Marvel Comics characters – something we’ve come to expect, right? Of those five, the best performing Marvel movie – and the champion of the 2018 box office – is Avengers: Infinity War.

Not only did Infinity War put more bums on seats than any other film in 2018, it also became one of the highest grossing movies of all-time. With a worldwide total of $2,048,709,917, Infinity War is the fourth highest grossing movie… ever!

The other extremely profitable Marvel movies of 2018 are Black Panther (2), Venom (5), Deadpool 2 (7) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (9). Black Panther did exceptionally well and proved that if you make a super hero film that appeals to a different section of the population (i.e. non-white audiences) it can be a huge success.

Image: ©Sony Pictures/Marvel

Venom is perhaps the big surprise on this list, simply because the film opened to largely poor reviews. However, the movie silenced the naysayers (myself included) and accumulated a whopping $854,982,569.

Outside of Marvel movies, the remaining entries in the Top Ten were all sequels with the exception of one – Bohemian Rhapsody. Up until around two weeks ago Bohemian Rhapsody was not part of the Top Ten, however over the last fortnight the film has crept up to eighth place.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the best performing non-comic book movie of 2018, taking $1,304,944,060 at the worldwide box office. Great going for the long-running dino-series, even if the movie fell slightly short of Jurassic World‘s total ($1,671,713,208).

The remaining entries in the Top Ten include The Incredibles 2; Mission: Impossible – Fallout, one of the best (if not THE best) action films of the year; and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. As with Bohemian Rhapsody, the Fantastic Beasts sequel has only just slipped into the Top Ten – a couple of weeks ago it was sitting just outside the chart.

Who was the real box office winner of 2018?

It’s worth noting that four of the movies within the Top Ten are Disney movies (Infinity War, Black Panther, The Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp) and three of these movies passed the $1 billion mark. It would seem Disney is the big winner of the year, although outside of the Marvel/Pixar movies the studio’s lesser known pictures (A Wrinkle in Time, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms etc) were not hits.

The 2018 box office Top Twenty and beyond

So, that’s the Top Ten – now let’s look at what appeared in the Top Twenty.

Image: ©Warner Bros. Pictures

Just falling outside of the top ten were Ready Player One (11) and Operation Red Sea (12). Ready Player One was the effects-driven Steven Spielberg movie, while Operation Red Sea was the Chinese action war film… that you probably don’t remember.

As we’ve seen over recent years, the Chinese box office plays a huge part in how well films do worldwide. Case in point: Operation Red Sea.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, Operation Red Sea sat within the Top Ten, even though most Western audiences have no idea what it is. It just goes to show, if a film does well in China then it doesn’t matter how well it does anywhere else in the world.

The remainder of the Top Twenty is as follows: Aquaman (13), Detective Chinatown 2 (14), The Meg (15), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (16), Rampage (17), Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (18), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (19) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (20). Of these films, Aquaman is the only one likely to cause significant movement before the end of the year – perhaps even moving into the Top Ten during early 2019.

Slipping outside of the Top Twenty are the likes of A Star is Born (21), The Nun (23), A Quiet Place (26) and Ocean’s 8 (29).

Flops of 2018 included Robin Hood – it didn’t come close to making back its budget; and Holmes and Watson. OK, so Holmes and Watson has only JUST opened, but with poor reviews, an abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score (6%) and a dreadful opening ($6.4million) it’s pretty much dead on arrival.

So, there you go. To sum up: Marvel/Disney did well, comic book movies still rule the box office and there’s plenty of money to be made from sequels.

As for me, some of my favourite movies this year have included Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Summer of ’84 and Halloween. I also found a lot to like with Blockers – a movie which really surprised me.

Best movie this year? Love, Simon. If you’ve still not watched it, now is the time.

Image: ©20th Century Fox

Most memorable movie experience this year? Perhaps watching Solo: A Star Wars Story at 4am the day it came out.

The cinema was more or less empty apart from me, three members of staff and a couple of guys who walked in after an early morning gym session. It was a far cry from the packed screenings I’d experienced with previous Star Wars movies, but I still enjoyed the film and loved having the cinema more or less to myself.

And that’s a wrap!

Until next time, take care.