All the winners, losers and blockbuster movies of 2018

Monitoring, Nov 30 (INP) – By far the biggest movie of the year at the box office was “Black Panther”, the new black Marvel superhero movie, which also won rave reviews from critics who praised both its adventure and its portrayal of a majestic Africa.

The film tells the story of T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), the new king of the futuristic, wealth-laden African nation Wakanda, who is challenged by factions within his own country.

According to Box Office Mojo, the film has grossed 700 million dollars in the United States. Its worldwide box office takings reportedly stand at 1.1 billion US dollars.

The second best performing movie at the U.S. domestic box office was “Avengers: Infinity War”, which grossed 678 million dollars, according to Box Office Mojo.

Coming in third place was the animated film “Incredibles 2”, which has taken 608 million dollars in the U.S.

“Incredibles 2” picks up directly following the events of the original film with the Parr family members attempting to balance having a normal life with their superpowers. Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their voice roles, while Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, and Sophia Bush voice new characters. Brad Bird returned to write and direct the sequel.

The fourth best-performing movie at the box office was “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, grossing 416 million dollars, followed by “Deadpool 2”, grossing 318 million dollars.

As ever the Academy Awards provided its share of memorable moments — Frances McDormand won best leading actress for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”.

In her acceptance speech, she talked about her support for inclusion riders, which she later explained was an additional clause in a contract that asks for ‘50 per cent diversity not only in casting but also the crew’.

McDormand’s award went missing briefly at the lavish Governors Ball party in Hollywood, where Academy Award winners have their statuettes engraved after the awards ceremony. She said at the time: “I’ve lost my Oscar!”

The Oscar was retrieved and later returned to McDormand.