The MCU is still the biggest cash cow in the film industry, and last year was no exception. While 2021 was a slower year in terms of box office revenue, Marvel films have consistently made money, accounting for nearly a third of ticket sales in North America.
In numbers reported by The Wrap, Marvel’s share of the North American box office in 2021 was 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, as well as Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage. . In 2018, MCU films made up 18% of the domestic box office total.
Spider-Man in particular beats the box office, reaching $ 611 million, reaching the ten highest-grossing films ever recorded in North America. The movie is only a few million dollars away from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Avengers.
Disney has released Black Widow, its first new theatrical release since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, day and date on Disney Plus, which has led star Scarlett Johansson to sue Disney for alleged breach of contract. Since then, all of the following MCU movies have been released exclusively in theaters. Even amid COVID-19 concerns throughout the past year, Marvel movies have consistently reaped a ton of profits.
However, the same cannot be said of the other theatrical releases. According to Box Office Mojo figures, 2021 as a whole grossed around $ 4.5 billion at the domestic box office. While this is significantly better than the $ 2.1 billion in 2020, it is a far cry from the last pre-pandemic year, 2019, when the box office grossed $ 11.3 billion. So while the Marvel movies certainly do, it looks like other lesser-known versions don’t weather the storm as well.
Whether you’re happy with Marvel’s runaway success or concerned about the health of the rest of the film industry, the Marvel train isn’t slowing down anytime soon. 2022 looks like a big year for the MCU sequels, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever all due out this year. For more, see what to expect from Marvel in 2022.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.