Year after year, Marvel takes more and more space at the US box office. From the beginnings of the MCU in 2008 to today, zoom in on the market share of these blockbusters which always bring in more money.
The essayist Matthew Ball, who writes for the New York Times, shared on Twitter a chart of the market share of Marvel productions at the American box office since the creation of the MCU in 2008 with the first Iron Man.
Until 2016, one or two films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were released each year, averaging 5% of the domestic box office. It only grew after that, and in 2019, 3 MCU episodes were released for a 15% market share.
After a year 2020 without a Marvel release because of the Covid, the MCU has come back in force in 2021. With 4 feature films passed through theaters, the Maison des Idées represented 26% of the American box office, which is equivalent to 1 ticket sold out of 4!
For his graphic, Matthew Ball chose to exclude Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which is considered an independent Sony film from the MCU. A feature film that could have increased the percentage a little more since it collected $ 212.5 million and is ranked third among the biggest hits of 2021 across the Atlantic.
It is preceded by Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has just exceeded 609 million greenbacks, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (224.5 million). In 4th position, we find Black Widow (183.6 million) and in 6th, Les Éternels (164.6 million).
Note that the year 2021 was marked by the pandemic which changed the means of consumption of viewers, with feature films often available on streaming platforms shortly after their theatrical release, or even simultaneously.
And among the other big releases of the year in the United States, we can cite Fast & Furious 9, Dying Can Wait, Ghostbusters: The Legacy, Sans un noise 2, Matrix Resurrections, Space Jam 2, Snake Eyes or even The Suicide Squad, whose box office performances weren’t all remarkable.
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