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Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. On Pace for a Record Setting Year

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 shaping up to be a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It looks like it’ll top 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.123 billion domestically, $3.166 billion internationally, $5.289 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $4.367 billion. That’s off of 5 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. 2018 still has Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet to open and those two together should easily add another billion to this year’s total.

Venom dropped from first place last weekend to third place with an estimated $18.1 million. That brings its domestic total to $171.1 million. It also added $32.3 million from 65 markets to bring that total to $290.7 million and a worldwide total of $461.8 million. It next opens in Japan on November 2 and an opening in China November 9. The film is a success surviving poor reviews from critics.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film is already looking like it’ll be quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which previously earned on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. It’s about average when it comes to domestic vs. international earning averages for previous films and that’s without a few major markets opening. It should swing to heavily favoring international earnings once China opens. The film’s budget though is less than half the average Spider-Man film which average $209.5 million. So, the film needs to make far less to be as profitable.

Ant-Man and the Wasp didn’t chart for the weekend but still earned about $47,000 domestically and $161,000 internationally over the past week. It now stands at $216.6 million domestically, $405.8 million internationally, and $622.3 million worldwide.

The film has not only passed the original domestically (both adjusted and not-adjusted for inflation) but it also has passed it internationally. The film should keeping adding dollars to its total for the next month and be somewhere above $100 million over the original when it’s all over. The sequel has a budget of about $32 million more than the original so it’ll need to that to even out profitability.

Deadpool 2 wasn’t on the chart for the weekend, but the film added about $1,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $318.5 million domestically and $415.8 internationally for a worldwide total of $734.2 million. The sequel lags the original in every way and with a much higher budget, it’s unlikely it’ll be as profitable as the original. It is the second most successful “X” film domestically behind the original (not adjusted for inflation) and worldwide the film is in third place (again unadjusted).

Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther both gained some dollars. It’s unknown if this was actual gains or adjustments. Avengers: Infinity War added about $1,000 to its international earnings. Black Panther added about $1,000 internationally.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.123 billion
Total International Gross: $3.166 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.289 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $897.1 million
Total “Profit”: $4.367 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $265.4 million
Average International Gross: $395.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $661.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $533 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.

Halloween Scares Up the Second Largest October Opening Weekend of All-Time

It was the second largest October weekend ever headed up by Halloween which earned an estimated $77.5 million for its debut weekend.

The three day debut is the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, just $3 million shy set by Venom earlier in the month. It did have the largest October opening day of all-time and the second largest ever opening for an R-rated horror film.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $14.3 million from 23 markets. It will open in another 46 markets with France next weekend followed by Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany, and Spain the following weekend. It then opens in South Korea October 31.

With just a $10 million budget, the film’s team must be happy with the results. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and played to an audience that was 53% males and 59% were age 25 or older.

In second place, and holding on to the spot three weeks in a row, was A Star is Born. The movie earned an estimated $19.3 million to bring its domestic total to $126.4 million on a $36 million budget. Internationally, the film added an estimated $22.8 million from 75 overseas market. It still has to open in Japan which doesn’t happen until December 21.

Venom dropped from first place last weekend to third place with an estimated $18.1 million. That brings its domestic total to $171.1 million. It also added $32.3 million from 65 markets to bring that total to $290.7 million and a worldwide total of $461.8 million.

In fourth place was Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween which held steady at that spot from the previous weekend. It earned an estimated $9.7 million to bring its domestic total to $28.8 million on a $35 million budget after two weeks. The film also added $6.2 million internationally to its total to bring its worldwide earnings to $39.9 million.

Rounding out the top five was First Man which earned an estimated $2.35 million over the three days. Domestically its earned just shy of $30 million. The film added 25 new markets to bring that total to 47. Internationally it earned an estimated $13.4 million to bring that total to $25.5 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptations.

Lion Forge Partners with Magic House for Neener Neener Neener!

Lion Forge Labs, creative agency and sister company of Lion Forge Comics, has partnered with The Magic House in St. Louis for Neener Neener Neener! 

This adorable new comic, written by Paul Manchester with art by Lorenzo Lizana, tells the extraordinary tale of siblings Wisteria and Wilby Wiggins and their new alien friend. The three problem-solvers must try to stop some cute and mischievous visitors from another planet, known as the Neeners, from taking over The Magic House and causing complete chaos. The Wiggins siblings help save the Neeners using the scientific process, based on lessons they learned at the museum.

The Magic House is a not-for-profit participatory museum that provides hands-on learning experiences for children and families and encourages experimentation, creativity, and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy, and magic. Regular museum admission is $12 per person. Children under the age of one are free.

Neener Neener Neener! is a fun-filled read for parents and children alike. It’s the perfect companion to a visit to the beloved St. Louis institution where it will be exclusively available for sale starting October 19 for $9.99!

Bill Jemas Raises $5 Million for a New Comic Venture

Bill Jemas, former Marvel President, is returning to comics. He’s raised $5 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. The new company is called Artists, Writers and Artisans, Inc.

Jemas was part of the team at Marvel which brought the MAX and Ultimate Marvel imprints to life as well as the Tsunami imprint which launched Runaways.

Jemas also had many failures including an attempt to relaunch the Epic Comics imprint. Double Take Comics, a comic imprint from Take Two Interactive, was started by Jemas and closed after just a few years.

Jemas also worked with smaller companies such as 360ep and Zenescope.

Artists, Writers and Artisans, Inc. is looking for an additional $2.5 million in funding, potentially from a TV network or movie studio. The new comic publisher will launch its first comic books in”2019 or later” according to Jemas.

It is rumored that former Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso will be the head editorial for the company.

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Over $5 Billion Worldwide

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.

Venom dropped just 55.5% and earned an estimated $35.7 million to bring its domestic earnings to $142.8 million. That’s impressive as everyone expected a drop of at least 60%+ based on past movie performances. It’s outperforming expectations in every way.

Internationally, the film was in first place as well adding an estimated $69.7 million from 54 markets. It has now earned $235.3 million. It next opens in Japan on November 2 and an opening in China hasn’t been determined yet. That’s a worldwide total of $378.1 million after two weeks on just a $100 million budget. The film is a success surviving poor reviews from critics.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film is already looking like it’ll be quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which earn on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. It’s about average when it comes to domestic vs. international earning averages for previous films and that’s without major markets opening. It should swing to heavily favoring international earnings once China opens. The film’s budget though is less than half the average Spider-Man film which average $209.5 million. So, the film needs to make far less to be as profitable.

Ant-Man and the Wasp came in at #26 for the weekend adding $90,00 to its domestic total to bring that to $216.5 million. Internationally the film gained about $400,000 million internationally over the week to bring that amount to $405.6. Worldwide the film has earned $622.1 million.

The film has not only passed the original domestically (both adjusted and not-adjusted for inflation) but it also has passed it internationally. The film should keeping adding dollars to its total for the next month and be somewhere above $100 million over the original when it’s all over. The sequel has a budget of about $32 million more than the original so it’ll need to that to even out profitability.

Deadpool 2 wasn’t on the chart for the weekend, but the film added about $1,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $318.5 million domestically and $415.8 internationally for a worldwide total of $734.2 million. The sequel lags the original in every way and with a much higher budget, it’s unlikely it’ll be as profitable as the original. It is the second most successful “X” film domestically behind the original (not adjusted for inflation) and worldwide the film is in third place (again unadjusted).

Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther both gained some dollars. It’s unknown if this was actual gains or adjustments. Avengers: Infinity War added about $78,000 to its international earnings. Black Panther added about $3,000 internationally.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.094 billion
Total International Gross: $3.110 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.205 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $897.1 million
Total “Profit”: $4.283 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $261.8 million
Average International Gross: $388.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $650.6 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $522.4 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.

Venom and A Star is Born Repeat at the Top of the Box Office

The top two spots at the weekend box office were a repeat from the previous week as Venom and A Star is Born went one-two again. Two new films, First Man and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween followed at three and four.

Venom dropped just 55.5% and earned an estimated $35.7 million to bring its domestic earnings to $142.8 million. That’s impressive as everyone expected a drop of at least 60%+ based on past movie performances. It’s outperforming expectations in every way.

Internationally, the film was in first place as well adding an estimated $69.7 million from 54 markets. It has now earned $235.3 million. It next opens in Japan on November 2 and an opening in China hasn’t been determined yet. That’s a worldwide total of $378.1 million after two weeks on just a $100 million budget. The film is a success surviving poor reviews from critics.

In second was A Star is Born which added $28 million domestically, a drop of just 34.7%. It’s earned $94.2 million so far. The film also added $20.2 million from 65 markets overseas, a 14% drop from th previous week. Next weekend the film opens in Australia and then Japan after that on December 21.

In third place was First Man which debuted around expectations. The film earned $16.5 million over three days. The movie received a “B+” CinemaScore and currently has an 88% rating on RottenTomatoes. The film’s audiience was 56% male and 52% were 35 years of age or older. Internationally the film opened in 22 markets with an estimated $8.6 million for a worldwide total of $25.1 million.

With $16.2 million and fourth place was Goosebumps 2 which also met expectations. The film’s audience was split 50-50 and 72% under the age of 25. It received a “B” CinemaScore. The movie also debuted in 16 markets with an estimated $3.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Smallfoot which dropped from third place the previous week. The film earned an estimated $9.3 million to bring its domestic total to $57.6 million. It also earned $14.5 million from 57 markets to bring its international earnings to $52.6 million.

When it comes to comic films…

Ant-Man and the Wasp came in at #26 for the weekend adding $90,00 to its domestic total to bring that to $216.5 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic film adaptations.

Return of Wolverine Tops September’s Comics as Marvel Continues to Lead

Diamond Comic Distributors has released their list of best selling comics for September 2018 as well as market shares for publishers. The month was mixed seeing comics, graphic novels, and toys decrease in dollars and units compared to the previous month but were generally up compared to the same time last year. The third quarter of 2018 has shown vast improvement compared to the second quarter of 2018 with dollars and units up across the board other than comics and units which is down slightly. Compared to last year, there’s also improvement with only comics in units and total comics/graphic novels in units down. The year to date is still rough compared to 2017 with comic dollar sales up 1.25% compared to the previous year but everything else down across the board.

Marvel Comics was September’s top publisher with a 39.86% dollar share (-1.01) and a 43.24% unit share (+0.12). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 29.06% dollar share (+1.55) and a 32.76% unit share (+1.74). Image Comics was third with a 10.13% dollar share (+1.23) and a 8.74% unit share (-0.34). In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.62% dollar (+0.57) share and a 2.91% unit share (+0.54), followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.14% dollar share (-1.29) and a 2.84% unit share (-0.97), BOOM! Studios with a 2.12% dollar share (-0.46) and a 1.65% unit share (-0.65), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.55% dollar share (-0.23) and a 1.38% unit share (-0.26).

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten with Return of Wolverine #1 topping charts. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten with Heroes in Crisis #1 ranked #2. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #183 ranked #19; Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things #1, based on the Netflix series, ranked #20; BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31 ranked #111; IDW Publishing’s Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #2, a co-publication with Oni Press, ranked #118; and Dynamite Entertainment’s Vampirella/Dejah Thoris #1 ranked #129.

Ending with a death that forever changes the series, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 9 from Image Comics was September’s best-selling graphic novel and one of the five Image titles among the top ten. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten, led by Tom King, David Finch, Joelle Jones, and Mikel Janin’s Batman & Catwoman: The Wedding Album at #5. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten; their top book, Chris Eliopoulos and Marc Smuerak’s Franklin Richards: A Fantastic Year, ranked #6.

Yen On’s light novel Overlord Volume 8 was September’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts ranked #4 for the month and the softcover edition of Gemstone Publishing’sOverstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 ranked #7.

Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos was brought to life by Diamond Select Toys for the Marvel Gallery: Avengers Infinity War: Thanos PVC Figure, the best-selling toy product of September, and one of the four Diamond Select Toys products in the top ten. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten, led by the DC TV: The Flash Season 3 Action Figure at #6.

Paizo’s Creature Codex, a sourcebook for the Pathfinder role-playing game and other 5E systems, was September’s best-selling game product and one of the eight Paizo products in the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.86%

43.24%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.06%

32.76%

IMAGE COMICS

10.13%

8.74%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.62%

2.91%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.14%

2.84%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.12%

1.65%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.55%

1.38%

VIZ MEDIA

1.11%

0.43%

ONI PRESS

0.99%

0.69%

TITAN COMICS

0.80%

0.47%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.63%

4.88%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

SEPTEMBER 2018 VS. AUGUST 2018

COMICS

-4.51%

-0.16%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.07%

-3.86%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-5.30%

-0.48%

TOYS

-29.36%

-9.02%

SEPTEMBER 2018 VS. SEPTEMBER 2017

COMICS

0.75%

-6.58%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

11.74%

15.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

3.84%

-5.09%

TOYS

-1.58%

11.95%

THIRD QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2018

COMICS

0.23%

-0.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

0.83%

1.89%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

0.40%

0.10%

TOYS

41.66%

28.44%

THIRD QUARTER 2018 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2017

COMICS

7.44%

-0.82%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.95%

3.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

5.81%

-0.47%

TOYS

9.23%

6.96%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

1.25%

-6.78%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-4.80%

-6.37%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.55%

-6.75%

TOYS

-4.74%

-6.11%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

99

44

0

143

DC ENTERTAINMENT

66

35

0

101

IMAGE COMICS

66

27

0

93

DARK HORSE COMICS

25

21

0

46

IDW PUBLISHING

29

10

0

39

BOOM! STUDIOS

25

10

0

35

TITAN COMICS

11

7

3

21

VIZ MEDIA

0

21

0

21

ONI PRESS

9

7

0

16

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

12

3

0

15

OTHER NON-TOP 10

135

202

14

351

TOTAL

477

387

17

881

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

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9

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10

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BATMAN #54

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$3.99

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$4.99

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TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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JUL180335 IMA

3

MONSTRESS VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUL180261-M IMA

4

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI VOL. 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

JUL180159 IMA

5

BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE WEDDING ALBUM HC

$17.99

JUN180572 DC

6

FRANKLIN RICHARDS: A FANTASTIC YEAR #1

$7.99

JUL180973 MAR

7

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: THE SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP

$9.99

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8

DESCENDER VOLUME 6: WAR MACHINE TP

$16.99

JUL180209 IMA

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$19.99

JUN180982 MAR

10

ACTION COMICS #1000: THE DELUXE EDITION HC

$19.99

JUN180558 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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$14.99

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$16.99

JUL180335 IMA

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MONSTRESS VOLUME 3 TP (MR)

$16.99

JUL180261-M IMA

4

BATMAN BY JEPH LOEB AND TIM SALE OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

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5

SPIDER-MAN VS. VENOM OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

MAR180976 MAR

6

ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC

$49.99

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EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS ALPHA HC

$125.00

MAR180975 MAR

8

BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE WEDDING ALBUM HC

$17.99

JUN180572 DC

9

DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE TP

$24.99

JUN180575 DC

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$100.00

MAR180981-M MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

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DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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$20.00

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DC SUPER FRIENDS: AQUAMAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK HC

$4.99

JUL181941 GOL

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OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

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JUN181814 GRA

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$4.99

JUL181943 GOL

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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MARVEL GALLERY: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: THANOS PVC FIGURE APR182161 DST

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MARVEL SELECT: BEAST COMIC ACTION FIGURE MAR182431 DST

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DC TV THE FLASH SEASON 3 ACTION FIGURE AUG170365 DC

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FINAL FANTASY: BAHAMUT CREATURES BRING ARTS FIGURE DEC178373 SQU

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DC CORE: BATMAN PVC STATUE MAR180390 DC

9

DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE JOKER BY BRIAN BOLLAND MINI STATUE MAR180389 DC

10

MARVEL PREMIERE: VENOM STATUE JUL172797 DST

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

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STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HC MAY182931 PAI

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10

MODERN AGE RPG: BASIC RULEBOOK HC MAR182714 GRE

Disney’s Loss is Warner Bros. Gain as James Gunn Hops on Suicide Squad 2

Warner Bros. apparently doesn’t care about trolls as they’ve opened up their arms to James Gunn who will write and possibly direct the sequel to Suicide Squad.

Gunn was fired by Disney as trolls set their sites on the outspoken director over tasteless jokes he made about rape and pedophilia in the past. Gunn apologized and said he had grown as an individual. Disney caved to pressure firing him, though keeping other problematic individuals on staff both behind the scenes and starring. He had been working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The film will reportedly still use his script.

Suicide Squad revolves around a group of supervillains recruited by the government in a Dirty Dozen type situation. The first film starred Will Smith and Margot Robbie and earned $746.8 million worldwide on a $175 million budget. Gunn’s sense of humor and action shown off in both Guardians of the Galaxy films can easily translate to the property. The property also allows reinvention and recreation with a rotating cast of characters which opens it up even more for Gunn to play with.

This isn’t the first director Warner Bros. has poached from Marvel Studios. Joss Whedon who was behind the first Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. worked on Justice League. Can we hope for a Joe Johnston directed Superman?

Dave Bautista who played Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy and has voiced his displeasure over the firing has already said he wants to sign up for what comes next. Can you say the next Bane?

(via The Wrap)

All New Goon from Eric Powell and Albatross Funnybooks in 2019

In 2019, award-winning cartoonist Eric Powell and his publishing company Albatross Funnybooks will debut an all new Goon comic book series, featuring never-before-published stories. For almost two decades, the Goon’s whiskey fueled adventures have thrilled fans, critics, and creators with their bold creativity, classic style,and irreverent humor. When Albatross Funnybooks debuts The Goon #1 next spring, it will mark the first new Goon stories to be published since Dark Horse published The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time comics in 2015, and it will kick off a year-long, 20th anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic Goon graphic novels, limited edition Goon tiki mugs and more.

For this new run of stories, Powell will be joined by several acclaimed creators. The need to do so is to make sure the comic comes out on a regular basis. There’ll be some comics written and drawn by Powell and some written and drawn by other comic creators with announcements to come.

 

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Venom’s Record Opening

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.

It was a record weekend at the box office. Sony‘s Venom delivered an estimated $80 million opening topping the previous October best opening by more than $20 million. That opening is better than Marvel’s $75.8 million opening for Ant-Man and the Wasp earlier this year and just behind Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s $84.4 million.

The film appears to be bullet proof from reviews as it received largely negative ones from critics and a “B+” CinemaScore from the opening day audience. The audience was 59% male and 36% of the audience was age 25 years or older. That’s much younger audience than expected and indicates kids are driving this film’s success.

Internationally, the film opened with $125.2 million from 58 markets for a record October opening of over $205 million. The film opens in France next weekend, Japan in November, and China’s release has yet to be dated.

Without superhero competition for the foreseeable future, it’s unknown what the drop will be in the second weekend. But, with a budget of just $100 million, the film is already looking like it’ll be quite profitable and another success for Sony’s Spider-Man franchise which earn on average $318.8 million domestically, $488.4 million internationally, and $807.2 million worldwide. It’s about average when it comes to domestic vs. international earning averages for previous films and that’s without major markets opening. It should swing to heavily favoring international earnings once China opens. The film’s budget though is less than half the average Spider-Man film which average $209.5 million. So, the film needs to make far less to be as profitable.

This past weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp Ant-Man and the Wasp held steady at #27 earning an estimated $132,000 to bring its domestic total to $216.4 million. Internationally the film gained about $900,000 million internationally over the week to bring that amount to $405.2. Worldwide the film has earned $621.6 million.

The film has not only passed the original domestically (both adjusted and not-adjusted for inflation) but it also has passed it internationally. The film should keeping adding dollars to its total for the next month and be somewhere above $100 million over the original when it’s all over. The sequel has a budget of about $32 million more than the original so it’ll need to that to even out profitability.

Deadpool 2 wasn’t on the chart for the weekend, but the film added about $4,000 to its domestic total. The film has earned $318.5 million domestically and $415.8 internationally for a worldwide total of $734.2 million. The sequel lags the original in every way and with a much higher budget, it’s unlikely it’ll be as profitable as the original. It is the second most successful “X” film domestically behind the original (not adjusted for inflation) and worldwide the film is in third place (again unadjusted).

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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.031 billion
Total International Gross: $2.998 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.030 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $897.1 million
Total “Profit”: $4.108 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $253.9 million
Average International Gross: $374.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $628.7 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $500.6 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.

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