Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is over 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:

  • Doctor Strange currently sits at just under $657.8 million. The film is $5,000 behind Big Hero 6 and $10.2 million behind Man of Steel. It’ll pass Big Hero 6, but maybe Man of Steel. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is $56 million ahead and even though the film still has yet to open in Japan, it’s not likely it’ll close that gap. It also will remain far behind Suicide Squad‘s $745.6 million worldwide total putting it in fifth for this year’s comic films.
  • Captain America: Civil War looks to be the top grossing film worldwide for 2016. The film earned $1.153 billion worldwide, over $100 million more than the next film. There’s still a chance that Rogue One catches up, but it’s unlikely to happen. Rogue One did pass the film when it comes to domestic earnings. Civil War is third for the year, the best performing comic film.
  • Officer Downe continues to look like it hasn’t earned any more money. When it comes to the below stats, the film is being treated like Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is mostly a video on demand release, so it likely won’t see a wide release.
  • The Chair is currently not included in these stats. While the film is based on a comic, its release was done so through a service where receipts aren’t tracked in traditional ways.
  • DC’s films average $315.5 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $302.3 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $475.9 million and DC earns $446.8 million.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $1.898 billion ($1.894 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total International Gross: $3.108 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.006 billion ($5.003 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.215 billion ($1.211 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total “Profit”: $3.792 billion ($3.792 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Average Domestic Gross: $270.6 million ($210.9 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average International Gross: $444 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $714.7 million ($556.3 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Budget: $151.8 million ($173 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Profit: $541.7 million ($474.0 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

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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