The year 2018 was a big one for the box office, both at home and abroad. In fact, the domestic box office just broke $11 billion, the fastest this occurence has ever happened in North America. For comparison, 2016 didn't hit the mark until Dec. 26, while 2017 achieved the figure even later, on Dec. 30.
It's not hard to see why with major genre releases like Black Panther ($700+ million), Avengers: Infinity War (678.8 million), and Incredibles 2 ($608 million, the first animated feature to break $600 million in North America). Both Black Panther and Infinity War are among the Top 5 highest-grossing domestic features of all time, right behind Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Bolstering the numbers were Paramount's A Quiet Place, Fox's Deadpool 2 (another Marvel film, albeit from a rival studio), Universal's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Warner Bros.' The Meg. Combined, they made over $1 billion at the North American box office between March and August.
With Into the Spider-Verse, Mortal Engines, Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns, and Bumblebee opening over this weekend and next, the domestic box office may easily snap 2017's final haul of $11.11 billion out of existence. Whether it can beat 2016's impressive total of $11.38 billion is yet to be seen.