by Kyle Arango,
Welcome back to the weekly Top 10 list. Each week we come up with a topic, go create our separate lists, and then come together to create a top 10 consensus. This week we are looking back. At the beginning of the summer we predicted the top 10 highest grossers at the summer box office and now it’s time to look at the results and see who was the most accurate and who made some dumb choices. Let’s see how it went!
Summer Box Office Misses
These are the films some of us had predicted making the list that completely whiffed.
- This one only made $67 million domestically and is a huge miss for Dwayne Johnson. Dan thought this one would make more than Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. That did not work out at all.
- Sicario: Day of the Soldado
- This film came and went very quickly after much anticipation and only managed $50 million domestic. While not a bad film, the original is far superior, and this didn’t grab the attention of general audiences.
- Not necessarily a disappointment but Hereditary was nowhere near a top 10 spot. Scott had high hopes for this one and while the quality was there, the audience was not.
11/12. Mama Mia: Here We Go Again and Ocean’s 8
Only reason I decided to mention these films is because they just barely missed the Top 10. Throughout the summer Ocean’s 8 and Mama Mia: Here We Go Again were holding on to those last two spots in the Top 10 until two late summer hits came and took them away. However, these films are right there at 11 and 12 and deserved a mention at $119 million for Mama Mia, which I was the only one to have faith in, and Ocean’s 8 at $138 million, which we all had.
Actual Top 10
10. The Meg – $140 Million Domestic
The giant shark movie we were all waiting for swims into the number ten spot. This film just barely passed Ocean’s 8 to get here and it did quite impressively. Besides our website, not many people saw this film doing well and it has now made over $500 million worldwide, more than Solo. There are many books this film is based off of so expect a sequel very soon.
9. Crazy Rich Asians – $159 Million Domestic
Another late summer release that took the country by storm is the wonderful Crazy Rich Asians. None of us saw this film being the success it was and I’m so happy at how well it did. It had an unprecedented drop its first three weeks and continues to have strong legs. This one is also getting a sequel and I could not be happier.
8. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – $166 Million Domestic
Number eight comes in with a film none of us predicted when we should have in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. This one will drop down to nine by next week as Crazy Rich Asians is only $6 million behind as of now and will for sure pass it by next weekend. Hotel Transylvania 3 was purely a movie for kids and no one else and it made money off those kids.
7. Solo: A Star Wars Story – $213 Million Domestic
This next film comes in at a very disappointingly seven in Solo: A Star Wars Story. I was shocked at just how much this film underperformed as it was a really fun and enjoyable movie. There are many factors that could contribute to its low score but for a Star Wars movie, it is a massive letdown box office wise. I wish more people saw this because they set up some fascinating things and Lucasfilm unfortunately decided to change their whole approach after the lowly showing by Solo.
6. Ant-Man and the Wasp – $215 Million Domestic
The most underappreciated film of the summer comes in at number six in Ant-Man and the Wasp. This film had a small opening but had strong legs and an established franchise that led it to this spot. It had the 4th largest opening for a Marvel film in China and outperformed its predecessor worldwide so it is a moneymaker with a terrific cast and heroes leading it.
5. Mission Impossible: Fallout – $218 Million Domestic
A film that just jumped into the top five recently is Mission Impossible: Fallout. This film just became the highest grossing film in the Mission Impossible franchise and rightfully so because it is the best one. It is doing great worldwide as well with over $700 million. You can expect a seventh installment in this franchise.
4. Deadpool 2 – $318 Million Domestic
Number four is our only R rated film to make the list in Deadpool 2. Deadpool 2, for as much money as it made, did not do as well as the original surprisingly. I did not find it to be better than the original and it may be the reason why it fell short in the box office but it’s still a success and expect Deadpool 3 soon by Disney.
3. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $416 Million Domestic
Number three and two are interchangeable with the numbers but domestically Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes the three spot. What can I say? Kids love dinosaurs and there is nothing like seeing them on the big screen. It made $1.3 billion worldwide which is short of Jurassic World but is still 1 BILLION DOLLARS. Dinosaurs galore!
2. Incredibles 2 – $606 Million Domestic
The other film interchangeable with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is Incredibles 2. Incredibles 2 made more than Fallen Kingdom domestically but internationally, dinosaurs win. However, Incredibles 2 still made $1.1 billion worldwide which is a massive improvement from the original. Please don’t make us wait 14 more years to complete the trilogy.
1. Avengers: Infinity War – $678 Million Domestic
The number one film of Summer 2018 at the box office was also our number one film on our best of 2018 list in Avengers: Infinity War. What’s better than $1 billion? How about $2 billion worldwide? That is an insane amount of money and it nearly passed The Force Awakens for number three all time. Avengers 4 now has the task of trying to pass it and if your making bets, take that one. Money is raining in Marvel.
So, there are the results for the Summer 2018 box office. It was a fun and wild summer with three films making over a billion worldwide. There are always those sneaky hits as well that are fun to watch develop. Steve, Scott, Ralph, and I all tied for first with eight correct options. We will see you again next week with another Top 10.