Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Continues to Impress, Death of Stalin Nears $7 million
Black Panther remained in the top ten at the box office coming in at #8 this past weekend. The film dropped 19.7% over the weekend adding $4.6 million to its total. The film now stands at $681.1 million. Worldwide the film stands at $1.324 billion. The film is $8 million behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi to move in to ninth place for worldwide grosses of all time. The movie’s domestic run accounts for almost 20% of 2018’s overall box office. So, while the year is only a third of the way done, it looks like Marvel’s dominance will be the story of the year with Avengers: Infinity War likely also earning a billion dollars by the time it’s done.
The film is still earning far more domestically than the average Marvel film with 51.4% 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 was #21 earning $340,216 to bring its domestic total to $6.9 million after seven weeks domestically. 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 continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Reported earnings are scarce. In Russia the film opened on March 29and has earned $127,713. In the United Kingdom is listed as having opened April 6th and earned $804. 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 stands at $854 million. It’s the last film from 2017 that’s till earning money at the box office.
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: 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: $2.365 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.