Hollywood enjoys improved box office figures this summer thanks to franchise films

It's still the second worst on record since 1992, according to comScore

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 30 August 2018 11:34 BST
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The 2018 summer box office has recorded the biggest year-on-year uptick in revenue, despite being the second worst in more than 25 years.

Thanks to hugely successful films Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, this year’s box office won’t earn the same fate as 2017’s revenue which was the worst in a decade, according to comScore.

Disney has been its saviour with not only Infinity War ($679m/£521.9m) but also Pixar smash Incredibles 2 which took $597.1m (£458.9m) after recording the highest-opening for an animated film of all time.

All other films comprising the domestic top 10 summer releases in North America are franchises:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ($413m/£317m)

Deadpool 2 ($318.4m/£244m)

Solo: A Star Wars Story ($213.6m/£163.6m)

Ant-Man and the Wasp ($211.5m/£162m)

Mission: Impossible – Fallout ($194m/£149m)

Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation ($159m/£122m)

Ocean’s 8 ($139m/£106.8m)

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ($115m/£88.4m)

The success of these films aided in a 14 per cent rise in revenue with other titles, such as The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians also proving sleeper hits for Warner Bros.

Speaking about this year’s takings, comScore box-office analyst Paul Dergarbedian said: “The 2018 summer rebound has been nothing short of astounding, given the gloom-and-doom pronouncements about the movie theatre experience that dogged the industry exactly a year ago, when we neared the end of one of the worst-performing summer movie seasons ever.”

He continued: “A great slate of films that offered literally something for everyone resonated strongly with audiences. What a difference a year makes!”

The uptick is even more impressive when considering the larger number of digital platforms on offer.

The highest-performing original title was A Quiet Place ($188m/£144.5m), which was co-written and directed by its lead star, John Krasinski. The year’s biggest film – released ahead of summer – is Black Panther which amassed a haul of over $700m (£538m).

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