Ranked: The 25 Highest Grossing Movies of 2018 at the U.S. Box Office

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Ranked: The 25 Highest Grossing Movies of 2018 at the U.S. Box Office Newsweek

2018 was a year of box office surprises. First of all, the gloomy trend of 2017's low ticket sales was bucked. This was predictably due to superheroes and franchises, sure, but also thanks to a few surprise hits that nobody quite saw coming.

The February release of Marvel's Black Panther made over double the amount predicted on its opening weekend, according to the BBC. It would go on be the year's highest-grossing movie at the U.S. box office.

A couple of months later, Marvel would find another hit on their hands with the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Costing up to twice as much as Black Panther to make, it actually grossed less at the U.S. box office. However, it was a massive overseas hit, and became one of only four films that have broken the $2 billion mark. The latest successful installments of The Incredibles, Deadpool and Jurassic World show that franchises continue to do well for Hollywood.

Read more: The best movies of 2018, according to critics

Another surprise smash was dystopian horror flick A Quiet Place. Directed by The Office alumnus John Krasinski, and starring him and his real-life wife Emily Blunt, the $17 million production made a very impressive $340 million worldwide gross. Other low-budget horror flicks, including The Nun and Halloween, pulled off a similar trick this year.

Although most recent rom-coms have proved to be box office poison, Crazy Rich Asians managed to pull off a $236 million worldwide haul on a $30 million budget, proving that both romance and a non-white cast aren't as much as a risk as studios may think.

Slightly offbeat musicals proved to be another unexpected triumph in the form of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, both of which made many times their budget at the box office. Bohemian Rhapsody was a success despite being panned in the press, a feat that superhero moneymaker Venom had pulled off in October.

Using data from Box Office Mojo, we've counted down 2018's biggest cinematic smashes, by how much money they made at the U.S. box office.

01 Creed II
MGM

25. Creed II.
U.S. 2018 gross: $104,870,060.
Opening weekend: $35,574,710. Opening date: November 21.
Worldwide gross: $131,770,060. Estimated budget: $50 million. 
Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.. Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson. 
Average score: 71%. IMDb users: 78. Metacritic: 66. Rotten Tomatoes: 69. 

02 Peter Rabbit
Sony

24. Peter Rabbit.
U.S. 2018 gross: $115,253,424.
Opening weekend: $25,010,928. Opening date: February 9.
Worldwide gross: $351,266,433. Estimated budget: $50 million. 
Directed by: Will Gluck. Starring: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson. 
Average score: 58.3%. IMDb users: 66. Metacritic: 51. Rotten Tomatoes: 58. 

03 The Nun
Warner Bros.

23. The Nun.
U.S. 2018 gross: $117,450,119.
Opening weekend: $53,807,379. Opening date: September 7.
Worldwide gross: $365,550,119. Estimated budget: $22 million. 
Directed by: Corin Hardy. Starring: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet. 
Average score: 48.7%. IMDb users: 55. Metacritic: 46. Rotten Tomatoes: 45. 

04 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Universal

22. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
U.S. 2018 gross: $120,634,935.
Opening weekend: $34,952,180. Opening date: July 20.
Worldwide gross: $393,789,826. Estimated budget: $75 million. 
Directed by: Ol Parker. Starring: Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Andy Garcia, Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Hugh Skinner, Pierce Brosnan, Christine Baranski, Cher. 
Average score: 64%. IMDb users: 69. Metacritic: 60. Rotten Tomatoes: 63. 

05 Ready Player One
Warner Bros.

21. Ready Player One.
U.S. 2018 gross: $137,018,455.
Opening weekend: $41,764,050. Opening date: March 29.
Worldwide gross: $582,218,455. Estimated budget: $175 million. 
Directed by: Steven Spielberg. Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn. 
Average score: 69.3%. IMDb users: 75. Metacritic: 64. Rotten Tomatoes: 69. 

06 Ocean's 8
Warner Bros.

20. Ocean's 8.
U.S. 2018 gross: $139,377,762.
Opening weekend: $41,607,378. Opening date: June 8.
Worldwide gross: $296,877,762. Estimated budget: $70 million. 
Directed by: Gary Ross. Starring: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter. 
Average score: 61.7%. IMDb users: 62. Metacritic: 61. Rotten Tomatoes: 62. 

07 The Meg
Warner Bros.

19. The Meg.
U.S. 2018 gross: $143,005,856.
Opening weekend: $45,402,195. Opening date: August 10.
Worldwide gross: $527,805,856. Estimated budget: $130 million. 
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub. Starring: Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson. 
Average score: 52.7%. IMDb users: 58. Metacritic: 46. Rotten Tomatoes: 54. 

08 Fantastic Beasts- The Crimes of Grindelwald
Warner Bros.

18. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
U.S. 2018 gross: $151,793,249.
Opening weekend: $62,163,104. Opening date: November 16.
Worldwide gross: $596,193,249. Estimated budget: $200 million. 
Directed by: David Yates. Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law. 
Average score: 58%. IMDb users: 69. Metacritic: 52. Rotten Tomatoes: 53.