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Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Dominates

As shouldn’t be a surprise Black Panther dominated the box office shattering expectations for a record setting weekend. The film has earned an estimated $201.7 million for the three-day weekend (beating our conservative prediction of $175 million). That’s the fight largest three-day domestic opening in history. The film will earn around $235 million over the four-day holiday weekend.

That’s the largest February opening of all-time, the largest President’s Day weekend opening of all-time, and the second largest opening for the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind The Avengers‘ $207.4 million.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $169 million from 48 markets for a three day debut of $361 million, the fifteenth largest global opening of all-time. It doesn’t debut in China until March 9, Japan on March 1, and Russia, Vietnam, Trinidad, Peru, and Venezuela next weekend.

The film is #50 for lifetime earnings worldwide for a comic adaptation (bumping X-Men: First Class from the spot) and in its debut earned more than the entire run of last year’s The LEGO Batman Movie.

The film received an “A+” CinemaScore and played to a 55% male audience and 61% over the age of 25. Expect the film to have impressive legs and dominate the next month and with a reported $200 million budget, it should be doing fine and make a nice sum of money for Marvel.

We’ll have a deeper analysis of 2018’s releases as more are released (and two come out this March) but lets do the time warp to 2017…

Justice League continues to fight at the box office and stands at $657.4 million worldwide, an increase of $1,000,000 since last week a jump from the previous week’s $300,000. 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 now just $400,000 behind Big Hero 6‘s worldwide earnings and currently sits at #25 all time for comic adaptations.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $400,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $853.4 million. The film is about $10.3 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 $1,353,812 about a $1,200 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $410.3 million. That’s an increase of $700,000 over the week.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.364 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.752 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.116 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.438 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. Black Panther is included, so Marvel’s totals will increase over time. On average DC films earn $317.5 million domestically while Marvel earns $306.8 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $469 million and DC lags behind with $435.7 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, 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: $2.364 billion
Total International Gross: $3.752 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.114 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.438 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254 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.

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