The Highest Grossing Movies of 2018 (so far)
The 2018 movie season may still be underway, but it’s already showing a marked improvement compared to last year—at least in terms of box office numbers. Powered by franchises, sequels, animated features and adaptations, Hollywood is simply raking in cash, and earning 8% more than it did in 2017. For those with blockbuster fatigue, all this might come as bad news, since it’s films like “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Deadpool 2” that continue to dominate at the box office. For the Comic-Con crowd, however, there’s never been a better time to go to the theaters. Plus, who’s going to argue with the wild success of something like “The Incredibles 2” or “Black Panther”?
With the spirit of competition in the air, one may wonder what this year’s highest grossing movies are so far. Stacker is here with the answer. Using data from The Numbers and Box Office Mojo, Stacker compiled a list of the highest grossing movies of 2018. It should be noted that these figures pertain to domestic box office numbers only, meaning worldwide ticket sales weren’t taken into account. All movies released this year were considered and ranked according to box office performance. Counting down from #50, here are 2018’s top grossing films (so far).
Opened: June 1, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $31,415,713
Total theater count: 3,015
Opening weekend box office earnings: $11,603,039
Based on a true story of survival, this harrowing film stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as a young couple who decides to sail across the ocean. However, what starts as a thrilling adventure turns into something far more disastrous when they find themselves in the midst of a powerful hurricane. As it turns out, their struggle has only begun.
#49. Isle of Dogs
Opened: March 23, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $31,970,030
Total theater count: 1,947
Opening weekend box office earnings: $1,620,294
Idiosyncratic auteur Wes Anderson once again utilizes stop-motion animation to superb effect in “Isle of Dogs.” In the film, a deadly dog pandemic has broken out in Japan, prompting authorities to send all canines to Trash Island. Unwilling to live without his beloved pet, a young boy travels to the island and encounters all sorts of obstacles along the way. Like all Anderson films, this one utilizes a range of top acting talents (many of whom have previously worked with the director), including Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig and Edward Norton, among others.
Opened: February 23, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $32,732,301
Total theater count: 2,112
Opening weekend box office earnings: $11,071,584
On the heels of Alex Garland’s surprise 2014 hit, “Ex Machina,” comes this similarly heady sci-fi flick, which stars Natalie Portman as a biologist named Lena. Hoping to reunite with her missing husband, Lena enters a mysterious realm known as "The Zone," where the traditional laws of reality don’t apply. True to its mind-bending premise, the film includes an ending that might require some follow-up research to decipher.
#47. Death Wish
Opened: March 2, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $34,017,028
Total theater count: 2,882
Opening weekend box office earnings: $13,010,267
An old vigilante classic gets a modern upgrade with this 2018 remake from director Eli Roth. In the film, a surgeon (Bruce Willis) embarks on a violent quest for revenge after his family is attacked during a home invasion. Unlike the 1974 original, which earned a loyal following, made Charles Bronson a household name and spawned numerous sequels, the remake opened to little fanfare. In other words, don’t expect a franchise to follow.
#46. The 15:17 to Paris
Opened: February 9, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $36,250,957
Total theater count: 3,042
Opening weekend box office earnings: $12,554,286
Actor and director Clint Eastwood may be 88 years old, but he’s shown no signs of slowing down. His most recent effort to hit the big screen was “The 15:17 to Paris,” which follows a group of American men as they stave off a terrorist attack aboard a Paris-bound train. The film is based on a true story, and features the actual men who participated in the event playing themselves on-screen.
#45. The Commuter
Opened: January 12, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $36,343,858
Total theater count: 2,892
Opening weekend box office earnings: $13,701,452
Liam Neeson might have reinvented himself as a veritable action star over the last decade, but that doesn’t always equate to big box office dollars. For proof, look no further than “The Commuter,” in which Neeson’s character must locate a single passenger aboard a train, lest he and numerous others suffer fatal consequences. Does the premise sound eerily similar to “Non-Stop,” the 2014 plane-based action film also starring Neeson? Indeed it does, which might partially explain why many audiences decided to skip this ride.
#44. Paddington 2
Opened: January 12, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $40,442,052
Total theater count: 3,702
Opening weekend box office earnings: $11,001,961
Despite a whopping 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, this kid-friendly film didn’t fare too well at the domestic box office. Picking up where the first one left off, the film finds its titular character—a lovable bear named Paddington—settling in with the Brown family. In order to buy Aunt Lucy a special book for her 100th birthday, Paddington takes on a series of odd jobs. At long last, he’s able to purchase the book, only to have it stolen by a thief.
#43. Truth or Dare
Opened: April 13, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $40,717,020
Total theater count: 3,068
Opening weekend box office earnings: $18,667,855
In this 2018 thriller, a seemingly harmless game of “Truth or Dare” turns downright deadly after a supernatural force decides to get in on the action. Each player soon discovers that if he or she fails to tell the truth or complete the dare, there will be grave consequences. Like most films from Blumhouse Entertainment, this one squeezed a healthy profit out of its low budget, despite lackluster reception from critics and audiences alike.
#42. Love, Simon
Opened: March 16, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $40,826,341
Total theater count: 2,434
Opening weekend box office earnings: $11,756,244
In the first studio teen film to center on a gay protagonist, teenage boy Simon (Nick Robinson) comes out of the closet to his family and friends while confronting his own sexuality. He also searches for the identity of a mysterious boy named Blue, with whom he’s been romantically corresponding to via email. It might sound like melodramatic fare, but the movie stays light and comedic on its feet.
#41. Uncle Drew
Opened: June 29, 2018
Total domestic box office earnings: $41,396,671
Total theater count: 2,742
Opening weekend box office earnings: $15,242,781
From the director of “Drumline” comes this sports-based comedy, which expands upon a series of digital shorts. In the film, a man named Dax (Lil Rel Howery) spends his life savings to enter a basketball tournament, only to discover he might be in over his head. Desperate for help, Dax seeks the guidance of Uncle Drew, a streetball legend played by National Basketball Association star Kyrie Irving. The movie also features a range of former NBA pros in supporting roles, including Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber.
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