Movie enthusiasts had over 11,000 titles to see in 2018 alone, but just a handful—mostly superhero blockbusters—contributed the lion's share of tickets to the year's record-breaking grosses. According figures from Box Office Mojo, these are the seven highest-grossing movies of 2018 in the U.S.
Black Panther – $700 million
With a run time of 135 minutes, “Black Panther” does not scrimp on the action or exciting adventures. The movie blasted into theaters mid-February, and within four days of its opening made a record $241.96 million in North America alone. Worldwide totals are over $1.3 billion. Directed by Ryan Coogler, top stars in the movie include Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Avengers: Infinity War – $678.82 million
“Avengers: Infinity War," written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, features a massive cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson. The third installment of the Marvel team-up was released in April 2018 and grossed over $257 million within its opening weekend. In 2018, the movie had grossed over $2 billion all over the world with more than $678 million in the U.S.
Incredibles 2 – $608.58 million
“The Incredibles 2” isn't just the highest-grossing animated movie of 2018—it's the biggest one of all time. Released in mid-June, it grossed over $182 million in its opening weekend and over $1.2 billion worldwide. Written and directed by Brad Bird, with a run-time of close to two hours, the sequel's voice cast includes Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – $417.72 million
This action-adventure continues the "Jurassic Park" saga, the films of which have all been major box-office hits. With a not-too-shabby production budget of $170 million, it pulled in more than $417 million domestically and topped $1.3 billion worldwide. Released on June 22, 2018, it garnered a commanding opening weekend, making over $140 million.
Aquaman – $334.87 million
Despite its late December opening, "Aquaman" made a major splash at the 2018 box office. Netting more than $338 million, the underwater superhero flick ranks behind "Wonder Woman" as the second-highest grossing film in the D.C. Extended Universe. Jason Momoa headlines as the title character, and the supporting cast includes A-list talent like Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe.
Deadpool 2 – $318.5 million
"Deadpool 2" stormed into theaters on May 18, 2018, and made over $125 million in its opening weekend. The time-traveling, foul-mouthed mutant superhero action film went on to gross more than $324 million in North America, with a worldwide total of $785 million.
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $270.62 million
An animated adaptation of the beloved book, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” is a visually stunning film. It opened in theaters in November and in its first weekend made over $67 million on its way to $270 million total domestically. Playing throughout the holiday season, the movie’s worldwide gross was over $11 million.
The rest of the year's top 10 highest-grossing films include "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" ($220.16 million), "Ant-Man and the Wasp" ($216.65 million), and "Bohemian Rhapsody" ($216.03 million).