Timeline of Greatest Film
Milestones and Turning Points
in Film History


The Year 2018

Timeline of Greatest Film History Milestones and Turning Points
(by decade and year)
Introduction | Pre-1900s | 1900s | 1910s | 1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s
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2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

The Year 2018
Year
Event and Significance
2018
300 Hollywood women signed an initiative known as "Time's Up" to fight sexual harassment.
2018
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).
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 $192 million, and finished around $218 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 also the biggest non-Star Wars opener since Jurassic World (2015) (that had a prime June or summer blockbuster release date). It was the second biggest opening for a Marvel Studios film, only behind Marvel's The Avengers (2012), and marked the studio's 18th straight number one opening.
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).
2018
Four other films to be released in late spring to mid-summer of 2018 hold 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).


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