Shazam! Repeats in First as 2018 Begins to Wind Down
Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.
2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.561 billion internationally, $7.258 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.046 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.
It was a repeat at the top of the box office this past weekend as Shazam! came in first place for the second weekend in a row. The film dropped 53% bringing in an estimated $25.1 million to bring its domestic total to $94.9 million. The film also earned $35.9 million internationally to bring that number to $163.9 million for a worldwide total of $258.8 million. The film ranks 74th so far in worldwide earnings.
In third place this past weekend was Hellboy which struggled in its debut with just $12 million. It was anticipated the film would earn $17-20 million. Negative reviews did not help. The audience was 56% male and 64% aged 25 or older. From the opening crowd the film earned a “C” CinemaScore. The film is DOA and the first comic film flop of the year.
Captain Marvel slipped one spot to come in at #6 with an estimated $8.6 million to bring its domestic total to $386.5 million. With a total of $1.065 billion, it’s just $20 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises to become the 8th highest earning comic adaptation worldwide.
Alita: Battle Angel didn’t chart but gained about $74,000 domestically and $2 million internationally. The film has earned $85.4 million domestically, $318.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $403.5 million.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is still bringing in the dollars though not charting on the weekend box office. The film jumped $7.1 million internationally. It has earned $30.7 million domestically, $80.1 million internationally for a worldwide total of $110.8 million.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but earned $700,000 internationally to bring that to $374.8 million. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million the worldwide total is $374.8 million.
Aquaman continues to bring in the dollars though it didn’t chart over the weekend. Over the week, the film earned about $500,000 internationally to bring its international total to $812.6 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.148 billion.
Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.
Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.561 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.258 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.046 billion
Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.8 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.8 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.