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Charted: Marvel’s Box Office Rise (and Fall?)



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Charted: Marvel’s Box Office Rise (and Fall?)

Disney’s investment in Marvel Entertainment has earned it tens of billions of dollars, but the latest Marvel box office performances are starting to prove worrying.

On November 10, The Marvels released to movie theaters as the 33rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). After one weekend, it had earned just $46 million domestically, making it the lowest-ever debut for an MCU movie.

This chart shows the rise and fall of Marvel box office earnings using data tracked by The Numbers as of November 12.

Marvel Box Office Earnings (2008‒2023)

The MCU was officially kickstarted with the release of Iron Man in 2008, a well-reviewed hit that earned $585 million worldwide at the box office.

Over the next few years, Marvel has released multiple movies in the same universe, building up characters and stories in “phases” and capitalizing with crossover releases. Phase 1 ended with 2012’s The Avengers—The first Marvel movie to earn more than $1 billion.

Here are Marvel’s movie releases in order of recency, as well as their estimated production budgets, box office hauls, and percentage of positive reviews:

Release DateFilmProduction BudgetOpening Weekend
Box Office
Review Score
(Rotten Tomatoes)
Nov. 10, 2023The Marvels$275M$46MTBD61
May 05, 2023Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3$250M$118M$845M82
Feb. 17, 2023Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania$200M$106M$464M46
Nov. 11, 2022Black Panther: Wakanda Forever$250M$181M$854M83
Jul. 08, 2022Thor: Love and Thunder$250M$144M$761M63
May 06, 2022Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness$200M$187M$952M73
Dec. 17, 2021Spider-Man: No Way Home$200M$260M$1,908M93
Nov. 05, 2021Eternals$200M$71M$402M47
Sep. 03, 2021Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings$150M$75M$432M92
Jul. 09, 2021Black Widow$200M$80M$380M79
Jul. 02, 2019Spider-Man: Far From Home$160M$93M$1,132M90
Apr. 26, 2019Avengers: Endgame$400M$357M$2,789M94
Mar. 08, 2019Captain Marvel$175M$153M$1,130M79
Jul. 06, 2018Ant-Man and the Wasp$130M$76M$623M87
Apr. 27, 2018Avengers: Infinity War$300M$258M$2,048M85
Feb. 16, 2018Black Panther$200M$202M$1,336M96
Nov. 03, 2017Thor: Ragnarok$180M$123M$850M93
Jul. 07, 2017Spider-Man: Homecoming$175M$117M$878M92
May 05, 2017Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2$200M$147M$869M85
Nov. 04, 2016Doctor Strange$165M$85M$676M89
May 06, 2016Captain America: Civil War$250M$179M$1,152M91
Jul. 17, 2015Ant-Man$130M$57M$519M83
May 01, 2015Avengers: Age of Ultron$365M$191M$1,395M76
Aug. 01, 2014Guardians of the Galaxy$170M$94M$771M92
Apr. 04, 2014Captain America: The Winter Soldier$170M$95M$714M90
Nov. 08, 2013Thor: The Dark World$150M$86M$645M67
May 03, 2013Iron Man 3$200M$174M$1,215M79
May 04, 2012The Avengers$225M$207M$1,515M91
Jul. 22, 2011Captain America: The First Avenger$140M$65M$371M80
May 06, 2011Thor$150M$66M$449M77
May 07, 2010Iron Man 2$170M$128M$621M72
Jun. 13, 2008The Incredible Hulk$138M$55M$266M67
May 02, 2008Iron Man$186M$102M$585M94

Throughout the years, Marvel’s movie releases garnered greater box office draws and critical praise, culminating in Avengers: Endgame earning $2.79 billion at the box office and becoming one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

But subsequent releases have been hampered, first by the COVID-19 pandemic and then by a mix of poor reviews, scaled-back marketing campaigns, and oversaturation. While the first three phases of the MCU were limited only to Marvel’s feature film releases, Phase Four (2021‒2022) included eight television shows released on Disney+.

The Marvels, the sequel to the billion-dollar-grossing Captain Marvel and the Disney+ show Ms. Marvel, is the third movie in Phase Five. The phase was planned to span five movies and seven television shows, but Marvel’s recent underperformance and production delays from labor strikes in Hollywood are already causing Disney to re-evaluate its release plans.

Will Marvel be able to climb back into pole position at the global box office?

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The World’s Top Cocoa Producing Countries

Here are the largest cocoa producing countries globally—from Côte d’Ivoire to Brazil—as cocoa prices hit record highs.



This tree map graphic shows the world's biggest cocoa producers.

The World’s Top Cocoa Producing Countries

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West Africa is home to the largest cocoa producing countries worldwide, with 3.9 million tonnes of production in 2022.

In fact, there are about one million farmers in Côte d’Ivoire supplying cocoa to key customers such as Nestlé, Mars, and Hershey. But the massive influence of this industry has led to significant forest loss to plant cocoa trees.

This graphic shows the leading producers of cocoa, based on data from the UN FAO.

Global Hotspots for Cocoa Production

Below, we break down the top cocoa producing countries as of 2022:

Country2022 Production, Tonnes
🇨🇮 Côte d'Ivoire2.2M
🇬🇭 Ghana1.1M
🇮🇩 Indonesia667K
🇪🇨 Ecuador337K
🇨🇲 Cameroon300K
🇳🇬 Nigeria280K
🇧🇷 Brazil274K
🇵🇪 Peru171K
🇩🇴 Dominican Republic76K
🌍 Other386K

With 2.2 million tonnes of cocoa in 2022, Côte d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer, accounting for a third of the global total.

For many reasons, the cocoa trade in Côte d’Ivoire and Western Africa has been controversial. Often, farmers make about 5% of the retail price of a chocolate bar, and earn $1.20 each day. Adding to this, roughly a third of cocoa farms operate on forests that are meant to be protected.

As the third largest producer, Indonesia produced 667,000 tonnes of cocoa with the U.S., Malaysia, and Singapore as major importers. Overall, small-scale farmers produce 95% of cocoa in the country, but face several challenges such as low pay and unwanted impacts from climate change. Alongside aging trees in the country, these setbacks have led productivity to decline.

In South America, major producers include Ecuador and Brazil. In the early 1900s, Ecuador was the world’s largest cocoa producing country, however shifts in the global marketplace and crop disease led its position to fall. Today, the country is most known for its high-grade single-origin chocolate, with farms seen across the Amazon rainforest.

Altogether, global cocoa production reached 6.5 million tonnes, supported by strong demand. On average, the market has grown 3% annually over the last several decades.

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