It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.
Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.
That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.
Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.
Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2. With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.
Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).
But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.
All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18
The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.
The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.
Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.
Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*
- Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
- Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
- Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
- Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
- Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
- Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
- Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
- Venom, Sony, $213,030,843
*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26