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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 now stands at $731 million. The film is now fifteenth in worldwide earnings for comic films and needs $16 million to move up a slot. It will likely pass the first Iron Man this week when it comes to domestic earnings. It also may pass Deadpool in international earnings this week too.
  • DC’s films continue to expand the gap when it comes to average domestic earning compared to Marvel. DC’s three films average $313.2 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $307.9 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $479.6 million and DC earns $444.5 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: $1.661 billion ($1.657 billion without Killing Joke)
Total International Gross: $2.672 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.333 billion ($4.329 billion without Killing Joke)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.050 billion ($1.046 billion without Killing Joke)
Total “Profit”: $3.284 billion ($3.283 billion without Killing Joke)

Average Domestic Gross: $237.2 million ($276.2 million without Killing Joke)
Average International Gross: $445.4 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $619 million ($721.6 million without Killing Joke)
Average Budget: $149.9 million ($174.3 million without Killing Joke)
Average Profit: $469.1 million ($547.2 million 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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