Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.1 Billion Worldwide and Counting
2017 has been 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 and after some adjustments stands at $655.2 million worldwide. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% 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 definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $2.7 million behind Big Hero 6 when it comes to worldwide earnings and there’s a chance it’ll pass the film before ending its run. That’d place it at #24 for worldwide earnings for a comic adaptation.
Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $700,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $851.5 million. The film is about $12.2 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.
My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,327,841 about a $13,000 increase from the previous week. That’s an improvement in earnings from last week’s $9,000 gain.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $405.2 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $304.9 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 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 $2.362 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.745 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.107 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.428 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.
We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.
Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.5 million.
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. My Friend Dahmer, Justice League, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. Valerian, Wilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. 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: $2.362 billion
Total International Gross: $3.745 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.107 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.428 billion
Average Domestic Gross: $147.6 million
Average International Gross: $267.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $381.7 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.4 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.