The MCU is still the film industry’s biggest cash cow, and the last year was no exception. While 2021 was a slower year in terms of box office revenue, Marvel movies were still making money and accounting for nearly a third of ticket sales in North America.
Reported in numbers by The wrap, Marvel’s share of the North American box office in 2021 was a staggering 30%. This includes revenue from the five Marvel films released last year: Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage. In 2018, MCU films accounted for 18% of the domestic box office.
Specifically, Spider-Man smashed the box office, reaching $ 611 million, reaching the The ten most successful films of all time in North America. The film is only a few million dollars away from passing Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Avengers.
Disney released Black Widow, its first new theatrical release since the COVID-19 pandemic began, day and date on Disney Plus, which resulted in star Scarlett Johansson suing Disney for an alleged breach of contract. Since then, all subsequent MCU films have only appeared in theaters. Even amid COVID-19 concerns last year, the Marvel movies have still brought in a ton of profits.
However, the same does not apply to other theatrical releases. According to numbers from Checkout Mojo, Grossed a total of around $ 4.5 billion at the domestic box office in 2021. While this is significantly better than the $ 2.1 billion in 2020, it is a far cry from last year before the pandemic, 2019, when the box office grossed $ 11.3 billion. So while Marvel films are certainly performing, it seems that other, lesser-known releases are not weathering the storm nearly as well.
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Whether you’re excited about Marvel’s overwhelming success or worried about the health of the rest of the movie industry, the Marvel train isn’t going to be slowing anytime soon. 2022 looks to be a big year for MCU sequels, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever all coming this year. For more information, see Marvel in 2022.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.