With Labor Day upon us and summer coming to a close, let’s look back at how Hollywood fared at the North American box office this past season. Disney had four of the Top 10 movies released at the domestic box office this summer, with Avengers: Infinity War leading the pack with $678.7 million.
It’s been a matter of debate, however, whether Infinity War even counts as a summer movie since Disney bumped its release from May 4th to April 27th. In the past, a film released on the last weekend in April was a spring release, but Hollywood continues to blur the lines between actual seasons and “movie” seasons. If we were being strict about the actual definition of “summer” then only movies released between June 21 and September 22, 2018, would count as summer movies. But Hollywood doesn’t do that. And since IGN included Infinity War in its summer movie preview, we’re going to keep it defined as one for the purposes of this box office wrap-up.
After Infinity War, Disney’s three other releases in the Top 10 include Incredibles 2 ($597.7 million), Solo: A Star Wars Story ($213.6 million), and Ant-Man and the Wasp ($212 million). (Of course, just because a movie cracked the Top 10 that doesn’t make it a hit, as the commercial failure of the costly Solo proves.)
The Avengers and Ant-Man and the Wasp weren’t the only Marvel superheroes to dominate the box office this summer. Fox’s Deadpool 2 came in fourth place with $318.4 million.
After Disney, Universal took two spots on the summer box office’s Top 10, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($413.2 million) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ($116.2 million). Paramount (Mission: Impossible – Fallout), Sony (Hotel Transylvania 3), and Warner Bros. (Ocean’s 8) each scored a film in the Top 10.
Here then are the Top 10 releases at the domestic box office for summer 2018 (figures are as of August 30 via Box Office Mojo):
- Avengers: Infinity War $678.7 million
- Incredibles 2 $597.7 million
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom $413.2 million
- Deadpool 2 $318.4 million
- Solo: A Star Wars Story $213.6 million
- Ant-Man and the Wasp $212 million
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout $196.6 million
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation $159.7 million
- Ocean’s 8 $139.1 million
- Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again $116.2 million
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