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2018 Box-Office Predictions & Odds: Superheroes vs. Dinosaurs

Trevor Dueck

by Trevor Dueck in Entertainment

Updated Mar 3, 2018 · 5:55 AM PST

Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War set to open on April 27, 2018.
Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War set to open on April 27, 2018. Photo by Marvel Studios
  • Blockbuster season is upon us; which film will rule this year’s box office?
  • Will Solo: A Star Wars Story crack a billion dollars?
  • Can Deadpool finally get the better of the Avengers?

The year in cinema has already started with claw marks as Black Panther has been ripping it up financially at the box office.

That sound of cha-ching also signals that blockbuster season is about to begin and, like every year, there are some movies that people will rush to the theatres to check out. Sure, this year’s big-screen hits may not all end up being Oscar contenders, but who cares when you’re making coin?

This year’s scheduled releases include surefire money makers, some of which could rake in over a billion dollars worldwide. Comic book flicks have a great track record, as do Dinosaurs, Pixar sequels, and everything with the name Star Wars attached.

Below are the odds on which film will be numero uno at this year’s global box office, along with a prediction on total earnings.

Incredibles 2 set to open on June 15, 2018
The Incredibles 2 is set to open on June 15, 2018. Photo by Pixar/Disney.

Avengers: Infinity War: 3/7

Release Date: April 27, 2018
Estimated World Wide Earnings: $1.6 billion

This will easily be one of the hottest films of 2018. So many comic book fans can’t wait to finally see all their favorite Marvel heroes share the screen together as they face off against big baddie Thanos. The trailer has well over 110 million views on YouTube and when part one of Infinity War hits the big screen this April, it should bank well over a billion dollars worldwide.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: 9/1

Release Date: June 22, 2018
Estimated World Wide Earnings: $1.3 billion

Jurassic World is the fourth highest grossing movie of all time and set box office records by earning $500 million in just one weekend. In the end, the 2015 blockbuster raked in $1.6 billion worldwide.

There is no reason to think that lightning won’t strike twice with the sequel. Can the Fallen Kingdom gain the same heights as it’s predecessor? Probably not. It doesn’t have the years of nostalgic buildup Jurassic World had. But it will most definitely make gigantic coin at the box office.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: 9/1

Release Date: May 25, 2018
Estimated World Wide Earnings: $1 billion

How well will another Star Wars standalone film do money wise? Believe it or not, it’s tough to say. There has been some production drama surrounding this film and a lot of people are curious if it will underperform compared to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

But let’s not kid ourselves, anything to do with a galaxy far, far away is going to make a lot of money. Can it hit the billion dollar mark though?

The Incredibles 2:  19/1

Release Date: June 15, 2018
Estimated World Wide Earnings: $900 million

This animated feature has two things going for it, Pixar and nostalgia. Audiences loved 2004’s The Incredibles and it frequently sits in most people’s “Best of Pixar” lists. The first Incredibles came out before the superhero boom that it should be interesting to see how the sequel does now that the genre has exploded. So how well will it do? You just have to look at the success of Pixar’s last sequel, Finding Dory, which became one of the top-grossing films of 2016. Yeah, we might be underestimating a tad.

Deadpool 2:  25/1

Release Date: May 18, 2018
Estimated World Wide Earnings: $850 million

When you are the highest grossing R-rated film ever made, the second installment has a lot to live up to. Ordinarily, sequels don’t perform as well as the original, but Deadpool 2 should do as well if not better thanks in large part to the inclusion of a new fan-favorite character in Cable (Josh Brolin). Also, over the last couple of years, Deadpool has gained a much bigger fan-base, and with its national familiarity, people will turn out to the theatre in droves the second time around.

The Field: 100/1

Black Panther $850 million
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald $850 million
Mission: Impossible 6 – Fallout $750 million
Ant-Man and the Wasp $650 million
Ready Player One  $600 million
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 $550 million
Bumblebee $500 million
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