Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Justice League Crosses $550 Million While the Year Nears $6 Billion
2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.
Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office adding $86 million over the past week. While the film is lagging other DC films at the same point of time, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office. It will pass Man of Steel this week and possibly Wonder Woman when it comes to international earnings. Suicide Squad is not out of the realm of possibility as well. The film is earning a little over 65% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is bringing the dollars in as noted above and will pass many of the other DC films this week.
Thor: Ragnarok came in fourth for the weekend again adding $9.7 million to its domestic total bringing that to $291.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $816.4 million. The film is now just behind 2002’s Spider-Man which earned $821.7 million and the film will likely pass Wonder Woman‘s worldwide total which is $821.76 million.
My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $939,294. Blade of the Immortal didn’t do all that much domestically with its total only standing at $132,365, a $15,000 increase from the previous week.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down and right now is fighting to pass the $400 million mark. It stands at $394.3 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $294.3 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with 100.1 million to the original’s $128.2 million.
2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.308 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.663 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $5.972 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.294 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.
Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. Things have shifted a lot due to the debut of Justice League. On average DC films earn $311.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $312.2 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $485.8 million and DC lags behind with $423.9 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.
Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and Valerian, Wilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. We’ll wait and see about My Friend Dahmer and Justice League. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.
Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.
Total Domestic Gross: $2.308 billion
Total International Gross: $3.663 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.972 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.294 billion
Average Domestic Gross: $144.3 million
Average International Gross: $261.7 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $373.2 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $245 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.