Dark Phoenix Continues to Flame Out Domestically But Shows Life Internationally

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, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 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 looks like 2018’s films have stopped bringing in money so we’ll give it one more week and then do our overall dive into how the year ranked.

Dark Phoenix dropped to #9 from last week’s #5. The film earned $3.6 million, a drop of 61.5% as it shed 1,1667 theaters. Domestically, the film has earned $60.2 million after 3 weeks and most likely will be the lowest grossing X-film domestically. Internationally, it’s a different story. The movie added $20 million over the week to bring that total to $172.8 million. That beats the original X-Men film from 2000. X2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine earned $192 and $193 million which puts Dark Phoenix in range to pass both of those. Unless a miracle happens, the film will likely be the worst performing X film worldwide since they began to be released in 2000.

Avengers: Endgame came in at #13 earning an estimated $1.9 million after 9 weeks. The film has earned $834.5 million domestically. The film also added $3.1 million internationally to bring that total to $1.915 billion. Worldwide the film has earned $2.750 billion.

Captain Marvel isn’t charting but still earning a decent chunk of change. The film added $230,000 domestically and $5,000 internationally over the week to bring those totals to $426.8 million and $701.4 million. That’s a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.

Shazam! also didn’t chart but it too has been earning money. The film added $214,000 domestically to its total to bring that to $139.8 million. Along with its $223.4 million internationally, the film has earned $363.2 million worldwide.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film and is unlikely to change that. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.

Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 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.