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Which Will Be The Most – And Least – Profitable Superhero Movies This Year?

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Which Will Be The Most – And Least – Profitable Superhero Movies This Year?

7. Aquaman

Jason Momoa in Aquaman

Release Date: December 21st

Possible Box Office: $685 million

Being the last superhero flick of 2018 could prove to work in Aquaman‘s favor; however, it’s important not to forget the struggles DC and Warner Bros. have faced at the box office with recent films. While Wonder Woman proved to be a phenomenon at the box office last year, Justice League, which properly introduced Jason Momoa’s Aquaman to viewers, failed to live up to expectations. With that in mind, it’s best to err on the side of caution when considering Aquaman‘s prospects. The film has a proven director behind the lens and its star has never been more popular; still, making fans care about Aquaman could prove to be difficult. Aquaman will likely follow Man of Steel‘s performance and finish just under $700 million — closer to $685 million — at the worldwide box office, with at least $200 million domestically and a $80-$90 million opening weekend.

6. Venom

Venom Lethal Protector

Release Date: October 5th

Possible Box Office: $685 million

Sony and Marvel may be playing nice now and allowing Spider-Man to join the Avengers on the big screen but, that won’t be stopping them from creating their own Spider-Man universe. Kicking things off will be the Tom Hardy-led Venom which is also rumored to include the fan-favorite Carnage. There’s very little known regarding the film, and we’ve yet to see any footage, however, buzz surrounding the project has been minimal thus far. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll fail. Even the poorly received Amazing Spider-Man films were able to clear $700 at the worldwide box office. With that in mind, a $60-$70 million opening seems likely leading up to a $685-$710 million global haul.

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5. Incredibles 2

incredibles 2

Release Date: June 15th

Possible Box Office: $750 million

Fans have been waiting a long time for a sequel to The Incredibles and the short teaser trailer released in December has only helped to grow the buzz. In fact, the teaser trailer quickly became the most-viewed animated movie trailer ever with more than 113 million views. While excitement is high, the long journey to the big screen could prove to hurt the box office; thankfully for the film, though, there’s hardly any competion. The first film cleared $600 million at the global box office. The sequel should easily follow suite, or maybe even do much better. All in all, a $750-$800 million finish seems probable.

4. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release Date: July 6th

Possible Box Office: $810 million

The first Ant-Man did decent business at the box office — earning $519 worldwide — despite many factors working against it, including the loss of original director, Edgar Wright. With the sequel, though, there are many factors working in the film’s favor. Not only is Evangeline Lilly set to suit up as the Wasp, but the film will also bring in the original Wasp with Michelle Pfeiffer playing Janet van Dyne, as well as Dr. Bill Foster/Goliath (Laurence Fishburne). Also working in the film’s favor is that it’s coming so soon after Avengers: Infinity War. Taking all of this into consideration, Ant-Man and the Wasp should improve upon its predecessor and open around $90-$100 million and finish with $810 million globally.

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