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The Year 2018

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The Year 2018
Event and Significance
300 Hollywood women signed an initiative known as "Time's Up" to fight sexual harassment.
Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a film with a $100 million or more budget, Disney's family adventure, A Wrinkle in Time (2018).
Disney's/Marvel's Black Panther (2018), the 18th release in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, had the the fifth largest three-day domestic opening gross in cinematic history at $202 million, and finished around $242 million for the four-day holiday weekend. It was the highest debut ever for a February film. It became the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler) and featured a largely black cast. Incidentally, it was Marvel's first film directed by an African-American. It was the biggest non-Star Wars opener since Jurassic World (2015) (that had a prime June or summer blockbuster release date, with $208.8 million). It was the second biggest opening for a Marvel Studios film, only slightly behind Marvel's The Avengers (2012) (at $207 million), and marked the studio's 18th straight number one opening. Eventually by the end of March 2018, it had bypassed the total box-office (domestic) of The Avengers (2012) (at $623.3 million) - and attained $652.6 million as of April 2, 2018.
Four powerful franchise films were due in the May-June time-frame of early summer, to turn around the box-office slumps of the past:
- Disney-Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - the 19th film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe
- Disney-LucasFilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), the second stand-alone Star Wars spinoff after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018),
the fifth film in the dinosaur franchise following Jurassic World (2015)
- and Fox's Deadpool 2 (2018) with Ryan Reynolds reprising the wisecracking superhero as part of the X-Men franchise after the wildly-successful Deadpool (2016)
Four other films to be released in late spring to mid-summer of 2018 held major promise as sequels or continuation stories: Warner Bros.’ Ocean’s 8 (2018) (following the trilogy from 2001-2007), Disney/Pixar's Incredibles 2 (2018) - a sequel 14 years later, Disney-Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) - the 20th film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe and the sequel to Ant-Man (2015), and Paramount's Mission: Impossible 6 - Fallout (2018).
The Disney-Marvel film, Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - the 19th film in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, became the fastest film ever to cross $1 billion dollars globally - in only 11 days of release. It was the sixth Marvel film to reach that number. At the same time, Disney crossed the $3 billion mark for 2018, breaking its own record for the shortest time to reach that landmark in a given year. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was also the longest Marvel movie to date at a run time of 2 hours and 36 minutes.
Competing streaming company Hulu in 2018 surpassed the 20 million US subscriber mark, for both its live pay-TV package and standalone on-demand services. Also in 2018, Hulu announced a multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation, giving it exclusive U.S. streaming rights for the studio’s library titles, new releases starting in 2019, and new original series to bow in 2020. [In the past, exclusive studio rights would have gone to premium cable networks.] Hulu's "virtual" pay-TV service, offered 50-plus channels including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in most markets. In addition, Hulu said that 78% of viewing on the service took place on Internet-connected TVs. However, in 2018, Netflix remained a major competitor, with more than double the amount of Hulu's US streaming subscribers (56.7 million).

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