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The Marksman Repeats in First as Wonder Woman 1984 Drops to Third

The Marksman

The Marksman nailed the target by again placing in first place for the weekend box office. The film earned an estimated $2 million in its second weekend. That brings the film’s domestic total to $6.1 million. The film hasn’t opened internationally yet.

In second place was The Croods: A New Age which has found an audience in these rough times. The film earned an estimated $1.8 million after nine weeks bringing its domestic total to $41.8 million. Internationally, the film added $3.2 million to its grosses over the week to bring its earnings to just under $98 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $139.8 million.

Wonder Woman 1984 slipped to third place after last week’s second. The film earned an estimated $1.6 million in its fifth week. Domestically, the film has earned $37.7 million so far. Internationally, the film grossed $4.4 million over the week to bring that total to $110.3 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $148 million.

In fourth place was News of the World which earned an estimated $810,000 to bring its domestic total to $9.7 million.

Monster Hunter also earned an estimated $810,000 to bring its domestic total to $10.2 million after six weeks. The film earned around $850,000 over the week to bring the international gross to $7.9 million. Worldwide, the film has earned a little over $18 million.

Over the weekend, films grossed $8,835,800 from 17 films and 14,939 according to initial numbers. That’s down from the previous weekend’s $11.3 million from 18 films and 12,566 theaters. This weekend saw an average gross of $591.46 compared to the previous weekend’s $899.73.

Josh Geppi is named Chief Creative Officer of Geppi Family Enterprises

Geppi Family Enterprises (GFE), a leading distributor, licensor, and creator of pop culture products worldwide, has named Josh Geppi to the newly created role of Chief Creative Officer. Geppi takes on this new role in addition to his responsibilities as President, Diamond International Galleries (DIG) & Sapphire Studios.

Diamond International Galleries buys and sells pop culture collectibles and operates  DIGAuction, an online auction house for comic books. Sapphire Studios produces video content for the GFE portfolio of brands including fan favorites PREVIEWSworld Weekly and Painting Happy Lil Minis.

As Chief Creative Officer, Geppi provides expanded leadership to drive the development of world-class creative work that delivers on the strategic goals across the GFE portfolio of brands. He has already started working on an exciting, to be announced project for Overstreet under the Gemstone Publishing brand.

The Marksman Takes First Place at the Weekend Box Office Knocking Wonder Woman 1984 to Second

The Marksman

There’s a new film at the top of the box office. The Marksman took the top spot for the weekend with an estimated $3.2 million domestically. There are no international returns so far.

In second place was Wonder Woman 1984. The film added an estimated $2.6 million to its total over the weekend. Its domestic total is now $35.8 million after four weeks. Over the week, the film earned $7.1 million at the international box office to bring that total to $105.9 million. Worldwide, the film stands at $141.7 million.

In third place was The Croods: A New Age which earned an estimated $2 million to bring the domestic total to $40.1 million. Internationally, the film earned about $4.7 million over the week to bring its total to $94.7 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $134.8 million.

News of the World slipped to fourth place and earned $1.1 million. After four weeks, the film has grossed $8.7 million domestically.

Rounding out the top five was Monster Hunter which earned an estimated $920,000 to bring its domestic total to $9.2 million. Internationally, the film earned about $1.2 million over the week. There it has grossed a little over $7 million. Worldwide, the film has grossed $16.2 million.

Initial Numbers have the weekend box office grossing $11,305,971 from 18 films and 12,566 theaters. The theater number is underreported as Wonder Woman 1984‘s theater count has not been released. The previous weekend saw $9,069,545 from over 10,545 theaters and 23 films which also included the theater undercount. That’s a per average theater earning of less than $899.73 compared to the previous weekend’s $860.08.

Exclusive: Behemoth Comics hires Kevin Roditeli as Head Editor of Licensed Titles

Behemoth Comics is making moves in 2021 and has announced that it has hired Kevin Roditeli as Head Editor of the licensing division. Roditelli joined Behemoth as a creator in 2020 as the creator/writer of the graphic novel Freak Snow: Washed in The Blood. Roditeli’s role will be quality control and communication between the creative teams and licensors.

Roditeli started being active in the comic book industry in 2016 editing his first graphic novel Sane6 by Rob Cannon while co-owning a comic book shop in Trois-Rivières, Québec. Between 2017-2019 he contributed to the editing and/or marketing of over 20 comic series while being the marketing director of the convention Cosplay Fest.

Behemoth Comics has capitalized by signing multiple licensing agreements with high-profile film and game studios. The fresh licensing deal productions will start early in 2021, bringing over 30 writers and artists to work on dream franchises to adapt into comic book form. More licensing announcements will come from Behemoth as soon as the second quarter of 2021 and features AAA video games and major motion pictures adaptations.

Behemoth recently announced a global distribution deal with Simon & Schuster.

Behemoth

BOOM! Studios Announces New Staff Promotions

BOOM! Studios has announced that it has promoted two key employees in Marketing and Sales teams following a historic year in which the company saw its best-selling original series premiere, launched the most successful comics Kickstarter campaign of all time, published several highly acclaimed original graphic novels, earned three Eisner Award nominations, delivered industry-leading on-time shipping (98%), and secured a first-look deal with Netflix for live-action and animated television shows alongside a series order from Disney+ for Just Beyond.

These promotions include the following:

Esther Kim has been promoted to Marketing Lead

Esther joined the company in 2018, bringing with her experience from comic book retail at the nationally recognized Fantom Comics in Washington, D.C. as well as a stint at Image Comics. In her two years with BOOM! Studios, Esther has taken on a lead role in the company’s publicity efforts, resulting in effusive praise from numerous of the company’s creative partners and more regular coverage in a diverse array of media and news outlets.

Morgan Perry has been promoted to Retail Sales Lead
Morgan joined the company in 2017 and has been a critical part of growing the company’s business in the direct (comic book shop) market. Not only has Morgan launched and overseen the BOOM! Guarantee program for retailers, which set the standard for retailer support and returnability programs, but she was a critical player in the company leading the way in retailer support in 2020. This was perhaps best exemplified by the comprehensive “safe service” shopping map she assembled that received coverage in the New York Times.

Comic Industry Vets Launch Endpaper Entertainment

Endpaper Entertainment

A group of vets in the pop culture industry has formed to launch Endpaper Entertainment. The company is focused on developing new content for novels, comics, graphic novels, film, TV, podcasts, SVOD, audiobooks, and merchandise.

The new venture began to form a year ago and was co-founded by CEO Rich Johnson. Johnson is a former executive at Lion Forge and DC Comics and co-founder of Yen Press. Syndee Barwick is the other co-founder and president of the company. Barwick was the founder of Mythic Media Management and also a former DC executive.

Rounding out the team are chief creative officer Jonathon Gilbreath, a producer and director of immersive theater and VR; chief content development officer James Killen, longtime Barnes & Noble buyer for graphic novels, sci-fi, and fantasy; and chief business development officer Kris Longo, formerly with DC and founder of Geek Riot Media.

Content will produced through partnerships with freelance creators, book packagers, and media production houses.

In the announcement, the most interesting aspect was a focus on finding the right platform for the story. The company won’t just place stories in any and every format available, instead things will be tailored for where they work best.

Diamond Comic Distributors is Launching Card Culture

Card Culture

Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. has announced the May the 4th launch of Card Culture, a retailer program focused on non-sport, collectible trading cards from leading trading card companies.

The cornerstone of this new program is access to exclusive, licensed content for member stores. Thanks to a partnership with The Topps Company, Inc, Card Culture’s first release will be in conjunction with Star Wars: The Mandalorian Season 2. Member stores will have access to an exclusive, 11-card, limited edition Mandalorian promo set developed by Topps exclusively for Card Culture program members. Card #1 of this exclusive launch set will be available May the 4th and collectors will be able to complete their set at a later date when subsequent cards are released.

Future releases for member stores will include exclusive content from Garbage Pail Kids and WWE. These releases are anticipated in the second half of 2021. Additional details regarding the program, including how to sign up, is being provided to current Diamond retailers.

Wonder Woman 1984 Repeats in First Place as the Top Five Remains Unchanged

Wonder Woman 1984

That’s three weeks in a row in first place for Wonder Woman 1984. The film earned an estimated $3 million over the weekend to bring its domestic box office to $32.6 million. At the international box office, the film earned about $8.8 million over the week to bring that gross to $98.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $131.4 million.

In second place was The Croods: A New Age which earned an estimated $1.8 million. That raises its domestic earnings to $36.9 million after 7 weeks. Internationally, the film added $10.55 million over the week to raise that number to $90.95 million. It has earned $127.8 million in its run so far.

In third place was News of the World. The film added an estimated $1.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $7.1 million.

Monster Hunter came in fourth place earning an estimated $1.1 million. So far, the film has earned $7.8 million domestically. Internationally, the film earned about $900,000 over the week to bring that total to $5.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $13.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fatale which earned an estimated $670,000. The film has brought in $4 million at the domestic box office.

Initial numbers have the weekend box office grossing $9,069,545 from 23 films and 10,545 theaters. The theater number is underreported as Wonder Woman 1984‘s theater count has not been released. The previous weekend saw $12,893,502 from over 10,758 theaters and 27 films which also included the theater undercount. That’s a per average theater earning of less than $860.08 compared to the previous weekend’s $1,198.50.

Z2 Comics Announces New Executive and Senior Staff Changes

Just four days into the new year, Z2 Comics has announced a new wave of hires ahead of plans to more than double the company’s output in the coming year.

As a recent addition to its executive team, Z2 has hired Kevin Meek as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel.  Prior to joining Z2, Meek practiced corporate law at the national law firm Robins Kaplan LLP, where he represented clients in several multimillion-dollar transactions and earned recognition from The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

After six years of freelance design work for Z2, Tyler Boss officially joins the team full time as the Design Director. Boss is best known for his comic “4 Kids Walk into a Bank” which is set to be made into a motion picture, with Boss attached to executive produce.

Rebecca Cicione joined the Z2 Comics team this summer, as Senior Digital Marketing Associate. She’s focused her career in the entertainment and nonprofit worlds, most recently coming from the festival marketing team at Danny Wimmer Presents.

Courtney Menard joins Z2 Comics as the Director of Production Design, focusing on elevating the production value and quality of each book project. Previously she worked as a print shop technician at the School of Visual Arts and spent two years as the Programming Coordinator and Co-Curator of the Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival.

Chris Robinson is the editor behind Marvel’s biggest and most beloved initiatives like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther, Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, the Grand Design line of graphic novels, the Marvel Hip-Hop variant program, and the expansion of Marvel’s Voices. He has edited fan-favorite runs for characters like Ghost RiderDomino, and Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur. Robinson joins Z2 as a senior editor, overseeing multiple tentpole projects to be announced for 2021.

Please join us in congratulating the newest members of the Z2 Comics team, who come to the organization following the company’s initial hires of Jeremy AtkinsRantz HoselyAnthony Laulletta and Dominique Roses earlier this year.

Wonder Woman 1984 Repeats in First Place

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 repeated last week’s first place finish at the domestic weekend box office with an estimated $5.5 million. The film has now grossed $28.5 million in its two weeks domestically. Internationally, the film also added $21.7 million at the international box office over the past week to bring that to $90 million. In its two weeks, the film has earned $118.5 million worldwide.

The Croods: A New Age improved from the previous week coming in second place and increasing its grosses. The film added $2.2 million over the weekend. Its domestic total now stands at $34.5 million. Internationally, the film grossed about $12.5 million over the week. The film has earned $80.4 million there. Worldwide, the film has earned just under $115 million after 5 weeks.

In third place was News of the World which dropped from second. The film earned an estimated $1.7 million to bring its total to $5.4 million.

Monster Hunter came in fourth place with an estimated $1.3 million an improvement of 11.1%. It has earned $5.5 million domestically. The film has held steady with $4.8 million at the international box office giving it a worldwide total of $10.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fatale which earned $700,000 to bring its domestic total to $3.1 million.

In other comic film news…

The New Mutants wasn’t on the chart but earned about $6,000 over the week internationally to bring that total to $22,581,746. With the $23,852,649 domestically, the film has earned $46,434,395.

Though it’s only rough numbers in, the weekend domestic box office grossed $12,893,502 from over 10,758 theaters and 27 films. The Wonder Woman 1984 theater count is not being reported. That’s compared to $24,185,695 from 13,956 theaters, and 34 films the previous week. That’s an average per-theater earning of less than $1,198.50 this past weekend compared to the previous weekend’s $1,732.99.

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