It’s already been a massive year for Hollywood movies, with several astounding record-breakers at the 2018 box office. But which films reign supreme? And which have sneakily made bank? Here are the biggest movies of the year.
1. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR ($2 BILLION)
As the beginning of the culmination of 10 years of MCU storylines, it was never in doubt that Joe and Anthony Russo’s mega blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War was going to make serious cash. Yet, the critically acclaimed (84% on RT) film actually managed to outperform most expectations, setting new all-time records for both best domestic and worldwide opening weekends. Infinity War knocked off The Force Awakens domestically with a massive $257.7 million haul, and has so far earned a Hulk-sized $2 billion worldwide. Avengers smash!
2. BLACK PANTHER ($1.35 BILLION)
At this point, industry prognosticators have learned not to bet against the success of an MCU film. Everyone knew Black Panther would be a seismic hit, but even so, few initially predicted just how insanely successful the Wakanda-set superhero adventure would become. Black Panther is now the highest-grossing comic book film of all-time in the U.S., and is gaining on that title worldwide. Critics also fell in love with T’Challa’s solo debut, affording it a lofty 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes. When the inevitable sequel finally arrives, look for similar results.
3. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM ($932.4 MILLION)
2015’s original Jurassic World film has become a bit of an odd case, drawing decent critical acclaim and making ridiculous amounts of cash at the box office, but being bashed nearly any time it’s discussed online today. While sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom came up far short of fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 50% score, its financial prospects look as good or possibly even better than its predecessor. With its $150 million domestic opening weekend in the books, Fallen Kingdom has already banked a massive $900 million-plus worldwide.
4. DEADPOOL 2 ($719.1 MILLION)
Considering how just tremendously successful the original Deadpool film proved to be in 2016, it was never really in doubt that FOX’s sequel Deadpool 2 would do well at the box office. While Deadpool 2 didn’t quite succeed in breaking its predecessor’s record for highest R-rated domestic opening weekend, the gore and profanity filled romp did succeed in outpacing the first movie worldwide, opening to over $300 million. While Wade Wilson is unlikely to make it any higher on this particular list, the Merc with a Mouth has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
5. INCREDIBLES 2 ($646.8 MILLION)
After a nearly 15-year wait, Pixar’s beloved superhero comedy The Incredibles has received a sequel. A hit with critics (94% on RT), Incredibles 2 is wasting no time climbing this list, as if it were leaping a tall building in a single bound. The Brad Bird-directed film has so far earned well over $600 million at the box office, and it’s likely to keep raking in the bucks for awhile yet. Incredibles 2 has already vaulted past the first movie, both domestically and worldwide, outdoing its predecessor’s total gross of $633 million.
6. READY PLAYER ONE ($581.9 MILLION)
Despite lots of hand-wringing over its nostalgia-focused marketing strategy, Steven Spielberg’s latest blockbuster adaptation of a novel ended up debuting to mostly positive reviews from both critics (74% on RT) and fans. Ready Player One has racked up $136.9 million domestically, along with a huge $445 million internationally.
7. OPERATION RED SEA ($579.2 MILLION)
Another massive hit from China, Operation Red Sea counts $1.5 million of its nearly $580 million haul as coming from stateside audiences. As China’s film market only continues to grow, look for more and more of their homegrown releases to take high spots on lists such as this. With 6 reviews counted, Operation Red Sea boasts an impressive 83% score on RT.
8. DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 2 ($544.1 MILLION)
Those who thought they wouldn’t see any Chinese-made films up this high on the list were mistaken, as Detective Chinatown 2 is another sequel to earn massive bank in its homeland. About $2 million of its worldwide total was also provided by U.S. moviegoers. With 12 reviews counted, Detective Chinatown 2’s RT score is 50%.
9. RAMPAGE ($423.9 MILLION)
Despite not-so-good reviews – 50% on RT – Rampage proved that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson truly has the star power to successfully open just about any film. Made for $120 million, Rampage has smashed its way to over $400 million worldwide. While it might not be considered a truly massive hit, it should turn a tidy profit for studio Warner Bros., and continue to shore up Johnson’s status as an A-list superstar.
The third installment in the critically loathed (13% on RT) but audience-loved franchise of Fifty Shades book adaptations seduced $100.4 million out of U.S. moviegoers, along with $270.2 million from international fans. The series as a whole has now earned $1.3 billion worldwide, much to the consternation of its detractors.