The Kitchen Opens Below Expectations

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 wraps up

This past week no film released in 2018 added to their total. That’s two weeks in a row so we’re counting 2018’s releases as done. We’ll have a dive into how 2018 compared to previous years and the general takeaway for comic films.

But, so far…

2018 is a record-setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s then record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.563 billion internationally, $7.260 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.048 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.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.563 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.260 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.048 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $726.0 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $672.0 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.


And on to 2019!

The Kitchen debuted at #7 with an estimated $5.5 million. That’s well below expectations which had it earning between $6 and $11 million. The film earned a “B-” CinemaScore from an audience that was 51% female and 89% were over the age of 25. The film is based on the Vertigo comic miniseries.

Reviews weren’t kind for the film which has just 21% approval from critics and 69% from the audience on RottenTomatoes.

This past weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home was #8 for the weekend with an estimated $5.3 million to bring its domestic total to $371 million after 6 weeks. It also earned $11 million at the international box office to bring that total to $726 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.097 billion passing The Dark Knight Rises in all-time grosses for a film based on a comic.

Avengers: Endgame is still bringing in money after 16 weeks. It earned $197,000 over the weekend to increase its domestic total to $857.9 million. Over the week, the film earned about $75,000 internationally to bring that total to $1.937 billion and $2.795 billion worldwide.

Dark Phoenix brought in $31,000 over the weekend and about $60,000 over the week domestically. Internationally, the film added $20,000 to its total over the week. The film has earned $65.8 million domestically and $185.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $252.4 million.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.006 billion
Total International Gross: $4.197 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.202 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.234 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.969 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $222.9 million
Average International Gross: $524.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $689.2 million
Average Budget: $137.1 million
Average Profit: $52.1 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.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$857,916,768
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$370,972,490
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,826,828
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$5,510,000
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,937,175,567
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$726,000,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,100,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,795,092,335
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$1,096,972,490
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,471,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,423,828
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$5,510,000
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,439,092,335
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$936,972,490
Shazam!WB$264,471,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,423,828
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$31,490,000
FilmStudioGross/Budget
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.85
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony6.86
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.64
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.15

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