However, that proved a win-win situation for parent company Disney, which The Hollywood Reporter notes claimed 26.4 percent of the domestic market share with strong performances by those two films, as well as "Zootopia," "The Jungle Book," "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Moana." The entertainment giant finished 2016 with $3.001 billion at the North American box office, becoming the first studio to break that $3 billion barrier.
Comic book adaptations are well represented on the list of the 20 top-grossing films of the year, with "Civil War" joined by Warner Bros.' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" at No. 6 with $873.3 million worldwide; Fox's "Deadpool" at No. 8 with $783.1 million; Warner Bros.' "Suicide Squad" at No. 10 with $745.6 million; Marvel's "Doctor Strange" at No. 11 with $657.8 million; and Fox's "X-Men: Apocalypse" at No. 13 with $543.9 million.
The website points out that "most (including Warners insiders)" believe "Batman v Superman" could have reached $1 billion if it weren't for negative reviews.
THR also spotlights a couple of potentially alarming trends: 1) the "widening of the gap between films that work and those that don't," with just 26 movies in 2016 crossing $100 million at the North American box office, the fewest in a decade; and 2.) the dramatic decline in the growth of the Chinese market, the second-largest in the world, from 48 percent in 2015 to just 3.7 percent last year.
See the full top 20 at The Hollywood Reporter.