In January 2017, Chris Pratt made his debut as an action star in Marvel Studios’ “Boomersang.”
The movie was set to star Bradley Cooper as a high school student who discovers that his dad is a space ranger.
That first day, it sold about 6,000 copies.
It was the best-reviewed debut in Disney’s history, according to Nielsen data, and was the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to reach a million units in the U.S. and overseas.
But the film did not live up to the expectations it set.
It opened to a dismal $11 million in its opening weekend and then dropped to $5 million.
But “Bones” and its sequel “Fury” were a different story.
They were both released in the same month, and both were the biggest hits of the summer, peaking at $80 million and $125 million, respectively.
“Boots on the Ground” and “The Martian” were both also top grossers in their respective weeks, and the latter of the two, starring Ryan Gosling, had a record-breaking weekend of $68 million.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1” was the biggest hit of 2017.
It brought in $125.9 million in the three-day period.
And it opened in the top spot in its domestic territory.
“Iron Man 3,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, was also a hit, grossing $100.7 million in five days.
In the first four weeks of 2017, the “Iron Mans” franchise was the most successful film franchise in the world, according a study by The Hollywood Reporter.
“Warcraft” was a hit too.
The first-ever Warcraft movie made $9.4 million in a two-day weekend.
The film’s sequel, “War of the Elements,” was a massive hit, opening to $68.9 at the domestic box office and $107.6 at the international one.
But that’s not to say that the Warcraft franchise is dead.
“Battle for Azeroth” is currently in theaters and will open in December 2018.
The next Warcraft film, due out in 2019, will be a standalone installment.
The series is still going strong, with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide and “Star Trek Into Darkness” bringing back a franchise record $1 billion at the global box office.
Disney’s slate of films is now bigger than ever, and we’re seeing an explosion of new franchises.
There are five Marvel films on the horizon: “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Fantastic Four” and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films.
And Marvel Studios has also announced plans for a live-action film about Captain Marvel, which is slated for 2018.
“Rogue One” is set for a 2019 release.
And “The Avengers: Infinity War” is expected to open in May 2019.
In all, Marvel is working on six films at this point, and “Rogue Nation,” “Avengers: Infinity Wars” and more could all be in the works.
“Star WARS: The Force Awakens” will open on Dec. 18, 2019.
And in 2019 there will be an “Iron Fist” spinoff.
That film is also expected to hit theaters in 2021.