Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Dominates and Death to Stalin Nears $1 Million

Black Panther again won the weekend making it five in a row. It’s the first film to do that since Avatar in 2009. It also crossed $600 million domestically, the seventh film to do so. With an estimated $27 million, the film now stands at $605.4 million domestically.

Internationally, Black Panther earned $30 million which pushes its foreign box office to $577.1 million. Worldwide the film has earned $1.183 billion.

The film is $18 million shy of passing Marvel’s The Avengers at the domestic box office at which point it’ll be the highest grossing superhero movie of all-time. The film still has a bit to go to gain that title for worldwide totals. There it’s $400 million shy. But, the film is currently ranked fourth when it comes to worldwide earnings for a comic adaptation (not accounting for inflation). Over the week it passed The Dark Knight Rises and Captain America: Civil War. It’ll likely move into third place after this week passing Iron Man 3. The film has earned more than every comic adaptation released in 2017.

The film is still earning far more domestically than the average Marvel film with 51.2% earned versus 41.11% on average. Things should shift even more internationally now that China has opened as that market can bring in 20% of a film’s total earnings.

The Death of Stalin expanded in its second weekend to 32 theaters. It brought in an estimated $580,576 to bring its total to $843,967. Per theater the film earned $18,143 a weekend best. The film has a comic adaptation tied with it which was released before the film debuted. It debuted internationally last year, with controversy in Russia. It earned $7.6 million in foreign markets.

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


Justice League continues to fight at the box office and is still earning money four months after its debut. The film stands at $657.9 million worldwide, an increase of $150,000 since last week. 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 has earned 65.19% 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. The film passed Big Hero 6 and is now #25 for worldwide earnings for a comic adaptation. The film is about $10 million behind Man of Steel so unlikely to pass it as it winds down its run.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $360,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $854.3 million. The film is about $9.5 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down and stands at $410.9 million. That’s an increase of $16,000 over the week.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.365 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.753 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.118 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.44 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 $317.6 million domestically while Marvel earns $329.8 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $491.7 million and DC lags behind with $435.7 million.

2017 has had 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: $2.365 billion
Total International Gross: $3.753 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.118 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.44 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.4 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254.1 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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