Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Atomic Blonde Debuts
Atomic Blonde opened up this past weekend, the latest comic adaptation, based on the series published by Oni Press. With expectations that the film would open around $20 million, it fell short with just $18.6 million. Still, with a $30 million budget, the film will be fine in the long run and probably turn a profit.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets continues to struggle standing at just $30.6 million domestically in two weeks. With a budget of $209 million, the movie will need a miracle. The film has made a bit over $25 million at the foreign box office and opens in China on August 25.
Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to do well with a worldwide gross of $633.8 million. I say well, because while that number’s impressive it’s short the $766.2 million average Spider-Man films earn. It will likely be the lowest earning Spider-Man film to date.
Wonder Woman continues to impress and is on its way to $400 domestically, just the 27th film to do so. The movie has earned $786 million, the second highest amount for a DC movie universe film. However, due to its much lower budget, the film has the highest gross to budget return.
Wonder Woman is also driving the gap between earning averages for the Marvel and DC adaptations and helping it catch up in a way. On average DC films earn $335.5 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.2 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $432.8 million.
Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and Valerian, Wilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. Spider-Man: Homecoming, we’ll wait and see.
Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers (numbers have dipped due to a new film opening):
Total Domestic Gross: $1.599 billion
Total International Gross: $2.031 billion
Worldwide Gross: $3.630 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.115 million
Total “Profit”: $2.515 billion
Average Domestic Gross: $159.9 million
Average International Gross: $225.7 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $363.0 million
Average Budget: $111.5 million
Average Profit: $251.5 million
Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.