Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is wrapping up and we’ve seen an interesting year when it comes to comic book films. For months debates have raged as to who is more successful, Marvel or DC, which movies were successes, and which were flops. The answers aren’t so simple and black and white, which is why I like to turn to data to give actual rankings as to who were winners and losers.

So far this year, seven films have been released based on comic books (counting Batman: The Killing Joke). This feature will be weekly until the end of the year, as some films are still in the box-office and there’s till more to come.

Of note:

  • Suicide Squad has officially crossed $700 million worldwide and is now at $718.9 million. The film is now fifteenth in worldwide earnings for comic films and needs $30 million to move up a slot. Its current amount moves it past Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie also passed Iron Man 2 at the domestic level. It will likely pass the first Iron Man this week.
  • DC’s films continue to expand the gap when it comes to average domestic earning compared to Marvel. DC’s three films average $311.7 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $307.9 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $479.6 million and DC earns $441.7 million. With Suicide Squad still earning money, it’ll be interesting to see where these numbers wind up when it ends its domestic run.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers. Numbers are presented with and without The Killing Joke which did not have an international run, so was not included in that average to start:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.657 billion ($1.653 billion without Killing Joke)
Total International Gross: $2.663 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.320 billion ($4.316 billion without Killing Joke)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.050 billion ($1.046 billion without Killing Joke)
Total “Profit”: $3.270 billion ($3.270 billion without Killing Joke)

Average Domestic Gross: $236,651,835 ($275,464,641 without Killing Joke)
Average International Gross: $443,898,399
Average: Worldwide Gross: $617,136,178 ($719,363,041 without Killing Joke)
Average Budget: $149,928,571 ($174,333,333 without Killing Joke)
Average Profit: $467,207,606 ($545,029,707 without Killing Joke)

Now that we have those numbers down we can get a better idea as to how films have actually done this year. Below are various rankings of where films stand so far and if the films are above average (green) or below average (red):

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