Marvel with its universe of superheroes closed another year at the head of the highest grossing movies of the year and for 2018 it was its new spoiled child: Black Panther. In this list we review those films that raised the most money in world cinema , supported by the numbers published by the specialists boxofficemojo.com.
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Highest-grossing movies of 2018
Action-packed, children’s stories and even the story of a rock legend lead the top 20 in 2018 worldwide box office receipts.
20. Project Rampage ($428,028,233, Brad Peyton)
Dwayne Johnson reappears in a movie mined with scenes of explosions and disasters, in a fun adaptation of the classic arcade video game. The film spent 15 weeks in the international box office, where it only led the world box office on its opening weekend.
It all starts when three animals are infected by a powerful chemical that makes them grow to monstrous dimensions, so a primatologist and a geneticist must join forces to stop these creatures in Chicago.
19. Bumblebee ($459,246,054, Travis Knight)
A new installment in the Transformers saga hit the big screen in 2018 and was relatively successful, with the story centered around one of its most beloved characters: Bumblebee. The yellow robot car is kept hidden in a California town, where he teams up with Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) as they both try to understand his place in the world.
The movie, full of special effects and action scenes , prostratedamong the most viewed in 2018, despite having been released at the end of the previous year. It is still held in some theaters in the world.
18. The Grinch ($510,552,221, Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosler)
A big-screen remake of the famous Dr. Seuss story The Grinch swept the international box office in just 14 weeks in theaters.
This animated adventure, which features the voice of Benedict Cumberbatch in English, battled between first and second place in the international box office during its first month in theaters. Its main success was in the United States , where it closed as the seventh most viewed film of the year.
17. Ralph Breaks the Internet ($514,407,981, Directed by Rich Moore & Phil Johnston)
The second part of the video game hero hit the big screen with the promise of showing a different facet of the Disney princesses… and he succeeded, taking a large amount of money into his pocket.
It all starts when Ralph and Vanellope discover an internet connection in the arcade, which will take them to an infinite universe of adventures.
The film is still on some international billboards, after being in theaters for 13 weeks . This was Disney’s big bet for Thanksgiving weekend in the United States.
16. Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation ($528,583,774, Genndy Tartakovsky)
Dracula’s adventures with his monstrous friends and his relationship with his daughter, son-in-law and grandson made many families laugh out loud in world cinemas. On this occasion, the creatures of the night will go to sunbathe on a cruise ship, unaware that the ship is being driven by the hunter Van Helsing.
Released in the summer of 2018, the animation remained for 20 weeks on the world billboard , and although it had a rather weak start, by the second week of its release, it was positioned as number one in the international box office.
15. Megalodon ($530,243,742, Jon Turteltaub)
The story of a 21-meter-high shark, which threatens to attack beaches full of tourists, remained among the films that raised the most money at the international box office.
The impressive thing about Megalodon is that it went almost unnoticed in the United States, while it was a great success in China, Russia, Mexico and ranked 12th among the highest grossing films in Spain.
Jason Statham plays survivor Jonas Taylor, who will have to overcome his own fears to face this sea monster. Jon Turteltaub (The Search, Phenomenon) was in charge of carrying out this ambitious project, which brings to life a creature from the time of the dinosaurs in our days.
14. Detective Chinatown 2 ($544,061,916, Sicheng Cheng)
Another Chinese film was among the highest grossing films in international box office and it is a sequel to detective Tang, who teams up with his partner Qin to solve a mysterious case in New York’s Chinatown.
It only took seven weeks on the billboard to successfully gross in China, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and thus become among the highest grossing films in the world. Sicheng Chen wrote and directed this second part, after having led the first installment.
13. Operation Red Sea ($579,220,560, Dante Lam)
We had to reach position 13 to discover a film made outside the United States and it is Operation Red Sea, a film that still does not have a release date in Spain, but that swept the Asian giant. The story takes place in a fictional country called Ihwea, where the special forces of the navy organize a rescue within a terrorist organization.
The Asian film grossed 99% of its revenue from China, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand , where it was a huge hit last year.
The film is full of action and war technology at the command of the audience, directed by Dante Lam, who is used to being successful in China with films like Unbeatable (2013) or Operation Mekong (2006).
12. Ready Player One ($582,890,172, Steven Spielberg)
The experienced Steven Spielberg opted for the adaptation of a popular novel for teenagers written by Ernest Cline, to bring to the big screen a new adventure that mixes virtual reality with action in real time. real.
The film ran for 14 weeks in theaters and grossed most of his fortune in China (more than $218 million) over the United States, where Spielberg was “only” able to collect $137 million.
OASIS is a place where all the humans of the world enter to make their virtual fantasies come true. It is beyond a simple video game, as it controls many aspects of international society.
The creator of this virtual world challenges its members to follow a series of clues to find an invaluable reward: complete control of the OASIS. Parzival (Tye Sharidan) will lead a group of rebels to keep the game in good hands, teaming up with Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) and other fierce warriors.
11. Ant-Man and the Wasp ($622,674,139, Peyton Reed) Keeping
with Ant-Man Part 2 Marvel put five films in the top 10 at the international box office of 2018.
Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) returns to the charge, but this time he will be accompanied by The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) who is nothing more and nothing less than the daughter of the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas).
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Directed by Peyton Reed (For All, Separated) the film constantly plays with special effects to show how the protagonists travel between worlds separated by size. Ant-Man and the Wasp were Marvel’s big bet for the summer of 2018 and kept the film on the billboard for 15 weeks.
10. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ($653,355,901, David Yates)
Despite poor box office receipts in the US, Fantastic Beasts swept the international box office, giving more oxygen to the expansion of the Harry Potter universe. The film is still on some billboards around the world after 14 weeks grossing international cinema.
The adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) return to the big screen and this time he will feature the legendary Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) in his rise as headmaster of Hogwarts.
The main plot revolves around the villain Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and how Scamander will try to stop him once and for all. David Yates, who directed the last four installments of the Harry Potter franchise, is returning to direct the film.
9. Deadpool 2 ($785,046,920, David Leitch)
Ryan Reynolds’ commitment to Marvel’s anti-hero has paid off and in this second installment, it worked even better for him, surpassing what was collected in the first part. Wade Wilson (Deadpool) returns with all his black humor to overcome a new threat, the time traveler nicknamed Cable, who is played by Josh Brolin.
Deadpool will be forced to join forces with other mutants, such as Domino (Zazie Beets) to stop the attack of the time-traveling cyborg to stop one of the most dangerous villains of the future.
David Leitch (John Wick, Atomica) was in charge of leading the team for this second installment, which led the world box office for three weeks.The film is full of jokes, action and a love story that caught more than one follower of the anti-hero off guard.
8. Mission: Impossible: Fallout ($791,115,104, Christopher McQuarrie)
The eighth installment of the Tom Cruise-led espionage flick had a very positive reaction at the international box office, in just 12 weeks in theaters.
Although the American public seems tired of seeing this franchise (it only collected 28% of the box office in North America), the rest of the world was delighted with this new installment, collecting 72% of its income at the international box office.
Agent Ethan Hunt (played by Cruise) will have to find out who is the traitor in the agency, when a new agent named August Walker (Henry Cavill) appears, which will lead to a series of confrontations between the two.
The film that brings more risk scenes performed by Cruise himself, brings Christopher McQuarrie back behind the lens, after the success they had together in the previous installment of the spy agency.
7. Venom ($855,013,954, Ruben Fleischer)
Tom Hardy enters the Marvel universe as one of the most powerful heroes, who in turn plays a huge role in the Spider-Man franchise. The film, which includes a lot of adrenaline, as well as a fast-paced motorcycle chase, was in theaters for 16 weeks.
Hardy plays the journalist Eddie Brock who investigates about some experiments carried out by a pharmacist that is leaving many dead. This investigation will lead him to accidentally ally himself with Venom, an alien substance that successfully fuses with his body and allows him to mutate into a creature seeking justice.
6. Bohemian Rhapsody ($860,881,272, Bryan Singer)
The immortal Freddie Mercury hit theaters around the world as he was portrayed by Rami Malek in the rock band Queen’s story. Not only is Mercury’s story impressive in itself, but also the contribution of the other members of the band and their performances all over the planet, represented with a high technical quality in this film.
Bryan Singer (X-Men, Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects) was in charge of bringing the story of the British band to the big screen, supported by members of Queen: Roger Taylor and Brian May.
The film remains in theaters after 15 weeks and it seems that it does not slow down, especially after the protagonist Malek won the Oscar for Best Actor. Additionally, Bohemian Rhapsody grossed over €26 million in Spain, making it the country’s highest-grossing film for 2018.
5. Aquaman ($1,138,840,547, James Wan)
DC Comics also took its piece of the 2018 world box office cake, seeing the birth of one of its most commercially successful franchises, with Jason Momoa as the protagonist. Aquaman tells the story of a human born under the waters of the Kingdom of Atlantis and how he will come out of the depths of the sea to prevent a war between the inhabitants of the land and the ocean.
An action-packed film directed by James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious) had a positive reaction at the box office and gives DC Comics hope to keep its universe on the big screen. Most impressively, Aquaman climbed to the top of 2018’s worldwide box office even though it was released in December. You can still see the adventures of Arthur Curry in some local theaters.
4. The Incredibles 2 ($1,242,774,080, Brad Bird)
Pixar has accustomed us to its great blockbusters and this time it did so with a sequel that came 14 years after the premiere of The Incredibles. Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) has to deal with chores around the house, while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) races to save the world. It’s hard enough for a father to take care of his children, on top of that the children have superpowers.
It is not the first time for director Brad Bird to achieve a success like this in animated films, among his repertoire of triumphs are The Iron Giant (1999) and Ratatouille (2007), in addition to the first installment of the incredible family.
The entertaining animated story of heroes remained on the billboard for 26 weeks, in which he divided his collections 49% at the US box office and 51% around the world.
3. Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom ($1,309,484,461, JA Bayona)
The fifth installment in the Jurassic Park series once again stomped on the world box office and positioned itself as the third most watched movie in 2018.
The Spanish JA Bayona was in charge to go back behind the lens of Jurassic Park , to give life to a story that brings a new question in the dinosaur saga. What would happen if the animals reached the mainland?
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to the leading roles in this film that was number one in the world box office for two weeks. After the United States, the country that most enjoyed the saurian adventure was China, while in Spain it finished as the second most watched by the national public.
2. Black Panther ($1,346,913,161, Ryan Coogler)
Young King T’Challa has been challenged by Erik Killmonger to take over the power of filthy-rich Wakanda, which includes donning the legendary Black Panther guardian armor.
Director Ryan Coogler, known for his work on Creed: The Legend of Rocky (2015) or Fruitvale Station (2013), is once again associated with Michael B. Jordan, who plays the villain Killmonger, to bring the first installment of the series of African hero on the big screen.
Chadwick Boseman is the one who plays the role of T’Challa, but the one who steals the show is Letitia Wright in her role as the protagonist’s sister, Shuri.
The story, which is full of fights, high-speed chases and a spectacular display of special effects, not only led the world box office for five consecutive weeks, it was also nominated for seven Oscars, of which it took home three.
1. Avengers: Infinity War ($2,048,359,754, Anthony & Joe Russo)
In Marvel all are smiles with what they raised in 2018 and it is that the third installment of the Avengers series on the big screen, was positioned in the first place of the highest grossing movies of last year.
The alliance of superheroes remained on the world card for 20 weeks , only surpassed by the 25 dates that Black Panther retained. The Russo brothers maintain a very good streak by directing their third Stan Lee house movie, having been responsible (with success) for the first two installments of Captain America.
The story of how Thanos collects the jewels of infinity to bring the right balance to the Universe moved Marvel fans who, after watching that ending, look forward to the next installment.
The original actors retain their roles, such as Robert Downey Jr. in his role as Tony Stark / Iron Man or the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America. They are joined by the emerging Tom Holland in his role as Spiderman and the newcomer to the Marvel Universe such as Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange
The 5 highest grossing movies in Spain
The Spanish public was conquered in 2018 by the music of Queen, adventures with dinosaurs and even an unusual basketball team, but what was the order of these stories at the Spanish box office?
- Bohemian Rhapsody (€ 26 millones)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (€23 million)
- Incredibles 2 (€22 million)
- Avengers: Infinity Wars (€21 millones)
- Champions (€20 million)
Champions became the Spanish film that raised the most money at the national box office.
Directed by Javier Fesser, the film plays with the story of a coach who has lost his way (Javier Gutierrez) and is forced to form a basketball team with people with different disabilities. In addition to its economic success, the film won the Goya award for Best New Actor with Jesus Vidal and the statuette for Best Film of 2018.
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