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Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Drops Out of the Top Five

Black Panther has dropped out of the top give after nine weeks at the box office. The film dropped 38.6% over the weekend adding $5.3 million to its total. The film now stands at $673.8 million domestically and $1.313 billion worldwide. The film is just $20 million behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi for worldwide grosses and there’s a good chance it’ll pass it before its run is over.

The film is still earning far more domestically than the average Marvel film with 51.3% earned versus 41.1% on average. International earnings seem to have slowed down as the percentage has increased for the domestic ever so slightly. The film is an outlier as far as that and we’ll have a deeper dive in a few weeks to see where it over performed and where it might have under performed.

The Death of Stalin held steady at #18 with an estimated $474,692. The film has earned $6.3 million domestically. It’s decreased in theaters now showing in 330 a decrease in 224. It debuted internationally last year, with controversy in Russia. It has also earned $9.05 million in foreign markets. The film has passed Josie and the Pussycats and Billy and Buddy and is now #142 when it comes to comic adaptation earnings.

I Kill Giants still is a weird one when it comes to numbers. So far, only its earnings in Russia have been reported and that was last week. It opened March 29 in that region. The film earned $127,713. Now, the United Kingdom is lsited where it opened April 6th and earned $804 (reported on April 11th). The film has likely earned money elsewhere, so we’ll keep digging.

We’ll have a deeper analysis of 2018’s releases as more are released but lets do the time warp to 2017…


Things have slowed down as 2017 wraps up.

Thor: Ragnarok looks to have earned a few hundred dollars and now stands at $854 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. The films have earned $2.365 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.755 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.120 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.442 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 a few more weeks.

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 $333.6 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $495.1 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: $3.755 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.120 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.442 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.5 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254.2 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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