While 2017 proved to be a great year for superhero films, this year looks to be even bigger. Marvel Studios will kick things off with next month’s Black Panther, the biggest budget superhero movie ever to feature a predominantly black cast, before bringing fans Avengers: Infinity War in the summer, along with the highly anticipated debut of Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp with July’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Those are only the Marvel Studios offerings; Fox is set to debut three Marvel films this year, as well, including Deadpool 2, while Sony jump-starts their own Marvel universe with the Tom Hardy-led Venom. And DC, while only releasing one film this year, is still very much in the game with December’s Aquaman, which aims to make the character more than a punchline. With so many superhero movies on deck, we take a look at their box office prospects based on social media buzz, trailer views, and the success of their predecessors.
10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Release Date: December 14th
Possible Box Office: $350 million.
Sony hasn’t had the best of luck with their own Spider-Man properties, leading to the unprecedented deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, but that isn’t stopping them from taking risks at the box office this year. Along with the Tom Hardy-led Venom, the studio will be releasing their first ever animated Spider-Man film with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. There’s one big difference between this film and all other Spidey films, though, as this film will feature the character of Miles Morales. With this being an animated feature and opening so close to Aquaman, it’s hard to know how well it’ll do at the box office, but a $60 million opening could be within reach — depending upon word of mouth, of course. Should it perform like other Sony animated flicks, such as Hotel Transylvania, it could end its run with $180 domestically and a worldwide cumulative of $350-$400 million.
9. The New Mutants
Release Date: April 13th
Possible Box Office: $490 million
Fox’s New Mutants will be expanding the X-Men universe in April. This will mark a new venture for the studio, as they’re introducing a new group of young mutants from a still relatively new director in Josh Boone. With a cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), the film has plenty of promise and should easily pull in a younger audience. However, as past X-films have shown, that doesn’t necessarily equate to box office pull. Judging from past films, New Mutants should hit between $45-$55 million in its opening weekend, but how far it’ll go after that remains to be seen. $100 million domestically is all but a certainty, but $200 million? That will depend on word of mouth and competition from other films – which will be intense only a few weeks before Avengers: Infinity War. Buzz will be a must to keep his X-film afloat. Final estimate: $490-$520 million cumulative total.
8. X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release Date: November 2nd
Possible Box Office: $550 million
Unlike New Mutants, buzz surrounding X-Men: Dark Phoenix has been rather low and that’s ultimately because the last installment proved to be a major misstep for the franchise. That film earned just $543 million at the worldwide box office and failed to crack $200 million stateside. Working against the feature, too, is the looming deal between Fox and Disney as the two studios work out all the final kinks in the deal throughout the course of the year, leaving many uninterested in continuing with Fox’s take on the X-characters. With Fox yet to reveal footage, it’s hard to say how fans will react to the film, but as it stands Dark Phoenix should open to $55-$65 million and more than likely end its run with $550-$600 worldwide.
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