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Dark Horse Promotes Daniel Chabon to Senior Editor

Daniel Chabon

Dark Horse has promoted of Daniel Chabon to the role of Senior Editor. Chabon joined the Dark Horse family in 2009 as an assistant editor on Mike Mignola’s Hellboy. He’s an Eisner Award-nominated comic book and graphic novel editor with a master’s degree in book publishing from Portland State University and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

In his many years at Dark Horse, Daniel has brought a stellar collection of titles and creators to the company—including work from Neil Gaiman, Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Margaret Atwood, Dave McKean, William Gibson, James Stokoe, and a host of others—and he continues to reach out to new creators and expand Dark Horse’s horizons. Daniel’s enthusiasm for comics and his love of the medium have enabled him to make important contributions to Dark Horse’s creator-owned comics. 

Dan likes to spend his spare time with Zell, his four-year-old Shiba Inu. She knows the following commands “Sit,” “Stay,” “High five,” and “Don’t eat that!” 

RuthAnn Thompson Joins AfterShock as the Senior Retailer Relations Manager

RuthAnn Thompson

AfterShock Comics has announced that comic industry marketing, events and promotions specialist RuthAnn Thompson will join the team as Senior Retailer Relations Manager.

Formerly President of Sponsorships and Events at GeekChic Promotions and New York Comic Con Event Manager for Loot Crate, Thompson brings with her several years of experience managing everything from promotional activities and sponsorships to event planning and talent relations for some of the most established companies in the comic industry. She also served as West Coast Sales Manager for Geek Riot Media, where she was responsible for selling ad space, sponsorships and providing advertising strategy to media partners and advertisers for top comic publishers, pop culture companies and events.

As the primary liaison for AfterShock with store owners, Thompson will manage and expand all retail initiatives and relationships on behalf of the company, including the implementation of the recently unveiled “AfterShock Army” retailer outreach initiative. She will also represent AfterShock among store owners and their staffs as a key point of contact, help and information – especially online in the AfterShock Retailers Exclusive Forum and the Final Order Cutoff page on Facebook. Additionally, Thompson will represent the company at key industry events and conventions, managing communications with retailers, distributors and fans while working alongside the AfterShock marketing and executive teams on various promotional strategies and initiatives.

Kevin Tsujihara Out as Warner Bros. CEO after Sex Scandal

Kevin Tsujihara

Kevin Tsujihara has resigned as the chairman-CEO of Warner Bros. An investigation had been launched into his relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk and allegations he used his position to help her find work at the studio. The investigation is still continuing.

Tsujihara was the head of the studio since 2013. He has been with the company since 1994.

Below is the statement from Tsujihara and WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past week and a half, I have been reflecting on how the attention on my past actions might impact the company’s future. After lengthy introspection, and discussions with John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros.’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO.

I love this company and the people that make it so great. I’ve been honored to head this organization and work alongside all of its talented employees over the past 25 years. Together we’ve built this studio into an unequivocal leader in the industry.

However, it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.

I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and industry partners during this difficult time.

Again, I am so proud of the great work that you do every day to make Warner Bros. the gold standard in our industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you, and I wish you all the absolute best.

Sincerely,

Kevin

To: WarnerMedia colleagues

From: John Stankey

I want to let you know that following discussions over the past week, Kevin Tsujihara will step down from his role as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. It was a decision made with the best, long-term interests of the Company, our employees and our partners in mind.

Kevin has acknowledged that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward. During his 25 year tenure, Kevin contributed greatly to the growth and success of the studio, and for that we thank him. I would like to personally thank him for the support he provided me following the close of our merger.

You have my commitment to work diligently and quickly to minimize any disruption in the day-to-day operations of the studio as a result of this leadership transition. I will share an interim leadership structure with all of you tomorrow.

I also want to thank all of our employees, particularly the teams at Warner Bros., for your patience and honesty, and we will continue to lean on your collective resiliency, dedication and professionalism as we chart a new path for our company together.

Captain Marvel Continues to Dominate as 2018’s Comic Adaptations 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 $2.695 billion domestically, $4.552 billion internationally, $7.247 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.035 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.


Captain Marvel was once again in first place at the weekend box office with an estimated $69.3 million a 54.8% drop, better than the 56% average drop for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That brings the film to $266.2 million domestically. It also makes the first film to cross the $200 million mark domestically this year.

Internationally, the film opened in its final market and brought in $119.7 million from 54 markets. The overseas total now stands at $494 million for a worldwide total of $760.2 million. It’s the first film to cross $700 million worldwide this year.

Alita: Battle Angel slipped to #9 over the past weekend bringing in $1.9 million to bring its domestic total to $81.8 million. Internationally the film brought in about $8 million over the week to bring that total to $312.2 million and $394 million worldwide.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is still bringing in the dollars though not charting on the weekend box office. It brought in about $1,000 from international markets. The film has earned $30.7 million domestically and $72.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $103.6 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dipped to #21 with an estimated earning of $305,000 to bring its domestic total to $189.5 million. It also brought in about $700,000 from the foreign box office to bring that total to $178.7 million and $368.2 million worldwide.

Aquaman continues to bring in the dollars though it didn’t chart over the weekend. Over the week, the film earned about $300,000 domestically to bring its domestic total to $334.1 million. It brought in about $500,000 internationally with $809.6 million for a worldwide total of $1.144 billion.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.695 billion
Total International Gross: $4.552 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.247 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.035 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.5 million
Average International Gross: $455.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $724.7 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $670.6 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.

Captain Marvel Repeats in First as it Becomes the First Film to Cross $200 million Domestically and First to Cross $700 Worldwide

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel was once again in first place at the weekend box office with an estimated $69.3 million a 54.8% drop, better than the 56% average drop for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That brings the film to $266.2 million domestically. It also makes the first film to cross the $200 million mark domestically this year.

Internationally, the film opened in its final market and brought in $119.7 million from 54 markets. The overseas total now stands at $494 million for a worldwide total of $760.2 million. It’s the first film to cross $700 million worldwide this year.

In second place was Wonder Park which beat expectations with an estimated $16 million. It received a “B+” CinemaScore with a crowd that was 59% female and 62% families.

Internationally the film opened in 19 markets and earned an estimated $4.3 million for a $20.3 million worldwide total.

In third place was Five Feet Apart which also beat expectations and earned $13.1 million. It earned an “A” CinemaScore. That audience was 82% female with 65% of the audience under the age of 25. 45% of the audience was under the age of 18 and they gave the film an “A+” CinemaScore.

In fourth place was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which earned an estimated $9.3 million to bring its domestic total to $135.6 million. The film also earned an estimated $9.4 million internationally to bring that total to $330.9 million for a worldwide total of $466.5 million.

Rounding up the top five was Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral which earned an estimated $8 million to bring its domestic total to $59.1 million.

In other comic films…

Alita: Battle Angel slipped to #9 over the past weekend bringing in $1.9 million to bring its domestic total to $81.8 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dipped to #21 with an estimated earning of $305,000 to bring its domestic total to $189.5 million.

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

James Gunn to Direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 After Suicide Squad 2

James Gunn
James Gunn speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. credit: Gage Skidmore

Marvel Studios and Disney have done a reversal and re-hired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

Gunn was fired in July 2018 after controversial tweets were unearthed by alt-rightwing trolls who then flooded Disney with complaints. Gunn is a vocal critic of Trump and the “attack” was believed to be payback for that.

According to Deadline, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn multiple times to discuss the situation and Gunn took immediate responsibility for his Tweets. It was Horn who decided to reverse the decision.

During his firing, Gunn has signed up to write and direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will begin production after that film.

Also according to Deadline, Marvel Studios never met with or considered any other director. Many spoke publicly how they wouldn’t take the job if offered and the cast has spoken out in support of Gunn.

Gunn shared the below Tweet in response:

A script was written for the film before Gunn’s firing and statements were made by Marvel Studios they would have still used that script.

With the first two films grossing over $1.6 billion it’s not too surprising that Disney changed their mind, in the end money rules all.

It’s also another blow to the rightwing Incel/MRA community who also failed to slow the progress of Captain Marvel which had a record setting opening and is likely to cross $1 billion worldwide.

Marvel Leads as Comics’ Gains in January Stumbles in February

February 2019 was a rough month compared to January 2019 according to Diamond Comic Distributors who released the month’s sales data.

Comics, graphic novels, and toys were all down in February 2019 compared to January 2019. All were down double digits in both dollars and units. Compared to February 2018, February 2019 saw gains in toys but was down slightly for comics and graphic novels.

So far, 2019 is still up as far as dollars compared to 2018. Comics are up 4.82% in dollars but down 1.51% in units. Graphic novels are up 5.0% in dollars and down 2.56% in units. Comics and graphic novels are up 4.87% in dollars and down 1.59% in units. Toys are up 27.83% in dollars and also up 39.44% in units.

Marvel Comics was February’s top publisher, leading in dollar share with 40.20% (+0.96) and unit share with 44.48% (+3.19). DC was second, with a dollar share of 28.69% (-1.01) and unit share of 30.64% (-2.75). Image Comics was third, with a 9.49% dollar share (+1.93). and a 9.30% unit share (+1.53). Dark Horse Comics was fourth with a 3.25% dollar share (-0.70) and a 2.58% unit share (-0.39), followed by Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.58% dollar share (+0.45) and a 2.35% unit share (+0.52), then IDW Publishing with a 2.55% dollar share (-1.10) and a 2.20% unit share (-1.12), and BOOM! Studios with a 2.38% dollar share (+0.06) and a 2.26% unit share (+0.03).

DC had five titles in the top ten including the top selling issue with The Batman Who Laughs #3. Marvel Comics also had five titles among the top ten: Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #11 ranked #4. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #188 ranked #28, BOOM! Studios’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer #2 ranked #71, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja #1 ranked #98, Dark Horse Comics’ William Gibson’s Alien 3 #4 ranked #133, and IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #13 ranked #144.

Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ critically-acclaimed Mister Miracle from DC was February’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had a strong month in February with seven titles among the top ten, led by Christos Gage and Clayton Crain’s Spider-Geddon at #2. Chelsea Cain and Kate Miemczyk’s Man-Eaters Volume 1 from Image Comics also made the top ten, ranked #7.

BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Scratchmen, an original novel by beloved Doctor Who actor Tom Baker based on his 1970s screenplay, was February’s best-selling book.

Based on the character from DC’s Dark Nights: Metal currently starring in his own mini-series, the POP! DC Comics: The Batman Who Laughs Vinyl Figure from Funko, a PREVIEWS exclusive, was the best-selling toy product of February. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: Squirrel Girl PVC Figure ranked #5. DC Collectibles had four products in the top ten, led by the DC Designer Series: Nightwing & Batman by Ryan Sook Statue at #6.

Based on the anime sensation, Shinobi 7’s My Hero Academia: The Card Game was February’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing had a strong month with four products in the top ten; the Pathfinder Pawns: Bestiary Box was their top product at #3. IDW Games had two products in the top ten, led by the Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course Board Game at #7.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.20%44.48%
DC28.69%30.64%
IMAGE COMICS9.49%9.30%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.25%2.58%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.58%2.35%
IDW PUBLISHING2.55%2.20%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.38%2.26%
VIZ MEDIA1.78%0.67%
ST. MARTINS PRESS0.60%0.16%
ONI PRESS INC.0.56%0.39%
OTHER NON-TOP 107.91%4.96%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
FEBRUARY 2019 VS. JANUARY 2019
COMICS-21.31%-18.10%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-26.09%-25.43%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-22.71%-18.65%
TOYS-19.93%-35.10%
FEBRUARY 2019 VS. FEBRUARY 2018
COMICS-6.06%-8.47%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-3.16%-8.47%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-5.27%-8.47%
TOYS20.34%18.44%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2019 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2018
COMICS4.82%-1.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.00%-2.56%
TOTAL COMICS/GN4.87%-1.59%
TOYS27.83%39.44%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS86400126
DC5928188
IMAGE COMICS4719066
DARK HORSE COMICS2413037
IDW PUBLISHING2211033
BOOM! STUDIOS2110031
VIZ MEDIA027027
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT201021
SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT021021
ONI PRESS4307
OTHER NON-TOP 1010613122259
TOTAL38930423716

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3$4.99DEC180539-MDC
2BATMAN #64$3.99DEC180510-MDC
3BATMAN #65$3.99DEC180515-MDC
4VENOM #11$3.99DEC180962-MMAR
5HEROES IN CRISIS #6$3.99DEC180521-MDC
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15$3.99DEC180951-MMAR
7UNCANNY X-MEN #12$3.99DEC180906-MMAR
8THE FLASH #64$3.99DEC180512-MDC
9UNCANNY X-MEN #11$7.99DEC180896-MMAR
10AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1$4.99DEC180831-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3$4.99DEC180539-MDC
2UNCANNY X-MEN #11$7.99DEC180896-MMAR
3BATMAN #64$3.99DEC180510-MDC
4BATMAN #65$3.99DEC180515-MDC
5VENOM #11$3.99DEC180962-MMAR
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16$4.99DEC180953-MMAR
7HEROES IN CRISIS #6$3.99DEC180521-MDC
8RETURN OF WOLVERINE #5$4.99NOV180950-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15$3.99DEC180951-MMAR
10UNCANNY X-MEN #12$3.99DEC180906-MMAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
2SPIDER-GEDDON TP$24.99NOV181026MAR
3INFINITY WARS TP$34.99NOV181024MAR
4IMMORTAL HULK VOLUME 2: GREEN DOOR TP$15.99NOV181036MAR
5MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 17 GN$9.99DEC182240VIZ
6DEADPOOL: SECRET AGENT DEADPOOL TP$14.99NOV180967MAR
7MAN-EATERS VOLUME 1 TP$12.99DEC180123IMA
8INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION TP$34.99AUG181075MAR
9CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1: WINTER IN AMERICA TP$17.99NOV181022MAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER VOL. 2 TP$15.99NOV181033MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
2HE MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE OMNIBUS HC$150.00JUL180761DC
3CAPTAIN MARVEL/MS. MARVEL: A HERO IS BORN OMNIBUS HC$100.00AUG181069-MMAR
4VENOMNIBUS HC VOL 02$125.00AUG181071MAR
5INFINITY WARS TP$34.99NOV181024MAR
6INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION TP$34.99AUG181075MAR
7SPIDER-GEDDON TP$24.99NOV181026MAR
8STAR WARS BY JASON AARON OMNIBUS HC$125.00SEP180997MAR
9MARVEL MASTERWORKS: LUKE CAGE POWER MAN VOL. 3$75.00AUG181073-MMAR
10WONDER WOMAN BY PHIL JIMINEZ OMNIBUS HC$75.00AUG180663DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC$23.99DEC181681BBC
2ALAN MOORE: WRITING FOR COMICS GN (MR)$5.95STAR18707AVA
3FAST ENOUGH: BESSIE STRINGFIELD’S FIRST RIDE HC$17.99NOV181857LIO
4JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: A DISCOVERY ADVENTURE HC$14.99OCT181271BOO
5MARVEL SUPERHERO ADVENTURES: MIGHTY MARVELS SC$4.99DEC181953MAR
6COMICS JOURNAL #303$14.99NOV181771FAN
7WORLD OF READING: THIS IS CAPT MARVEL SC$4.99DEC181955MAR
8GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOLUME 1$12.99OCT151871ZEN
9BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
10MARVEL: POWERS OF A GIRL HC$16.99DEC181952MAR

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP! DC HEROES: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS VINYL FIGUREJUN188595FUN
2ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: IRON MAN STEALTH ARMOR FIGUREJUN178877MEZ
3OVERWATCH: WIDOWMAKER FIGMAJAN188448GOO
4FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN PLAY ARTS KAI: CLOUD STRIFE & FENRIR FIGUREMAY188937SQU
5MARVEL GALLERY: SQUIRREL GIRL COMIC PVC FIGUREAUG182582DIA
6DC DESIGNER SERIES: NIGHTWING & BATGIRL BY RYAN SOOK STATUEJUL180809DC
7OVERWATCH: JUNKRAT “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROIDMAY189432GOO
8DC ESSENTIALS: NIGHTWING FIGUREAUG180673DC
9DC ESSENTIALS: SHAZAM & BLACK ADAM ACTION FIGURE 2-PACKJUN180604DC
10DC ESSENTIALS: HARLEY QUINN FIGUREAUG180675DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAMEJUL183082SHI
2MARVEL HEROCLIX: EARTH X BOOSTER BRICKJUL188756NEC
3PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOXFEB168541PAI
4TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI
5WORLD OF LAZARUS: MODERN AGE RPG CAMPAIGN SETTING HCMAR182717GRE
6STARFINDER PAWNS: ALIEN ARCHIVE 2 PAWN BOXDEC183290PAI
7SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: CRASH COURSE BOARDGAMEMAY180772IDW
8INVADER ZIM: DOOMSDAY DICE GAMEAUG180835IDW
9MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: RAVNICA ALLEGIANCE BOOSTER PACKSAUG183195WIZ
10STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: FIRE STARTERS PART 1DEC183289PAI

Captain Marvel Dominates the Weekend Delivering the First Hit of the 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 a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.694 billion domestically, $4.551 billion internationally, $7.245 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.033 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.


The box office has had some issues in 2019 and Captain Marvel gave it a much needed power up. The 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe delivered the seventh largest opening weekend of all time and earned more in three days than the combined totals of any previous three-day weekend so far this year.

With an estimated $153 million earned domestically Captain Marvel is already the top grossing domestic film of the year after one weekend. Based on that opening and past MCU films, the movie should have a domestic earning somewhere above $400 million. It also means that the domestic earnings alone covered the reported budget of $152 million.

The film played to an audience that was 55% male and 45% female and 64% of the film’s crowd was aged 25 or older. That’s one of the smallest gender divides of a Marvel film and one of the older audiences. Wonder Woman opened with a crowd that was 52% female. The film also earned an “A” CinemaScore.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $302 million which is the fifth highest international opening weekend of all-time and the sixth largest worldwide debut ever. The film also boasts the biggest global launch for a female-fronted film and second-largest for superhero film. The top market internationally was China where the filmed earned $89.3 million and is the third highest MCU opening there. The film delivered an opening weekend where the film earned $455 million worldwide.

After one weekend the film ranks #44 for worldwide earnings for comic films passing Thor, The Wolverine, X2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, X-Men: First Class and so much more.

Alita: Battle Angel rounded out the top five this past weekend and saw a 55.7% drop from the previous weekend where it was third. The movie earned an estimated $3.2 million to bring its domestic total to $78.3 million. It also added $11.6 million from 74 overseas market to bring that total to $304.3 million and $382.7 million worldwide. That film was targeted to boost by incel/MRA types in protest of Captain Marvel. Their protest clearly didn’t work showing their buying power is directly inverse to how loud they are online and ability to review bomb films.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is still bringing in the dollars though not charting on the weekend box office. The film has earned $30.7 million domestically and $72.8 million internationally for a worldwide total of $103.6 million.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped from 11th last week to 15th this week earning an estimated $650,000 to bring its domestic total to $188.8 million. It earned about $3.5 million over the week to bring its international total to $178 million and $366.8 million worldwide.

Aquaman continues to bring in the dollars though it didn’t chart over the weekend. Over the week, the film earned about $600,000 domestically to bring its domestic total to $333.8 million. It brought in about $4 million internationally with $809.1 million for a worldwide total of $1.143 billion.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.694 billion
Total International Gross: $4.551 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.245 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.033 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.4 million
Average International Gross: $455.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $724.5 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $670.4 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.

Captain Marvel Opens with a Gravity Defying $153 million Domestically and $455 million Worldwide

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel (2019) poster CR: Marvel Studios

The box office has had some issues in 2019 and Captain Marvel gave it a much needed power up. The 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe delivered the seventh largest opening weekend of all time and earned more in three days than the combined totals of any previous three-day weekend so far this year.

With an estimated $153 million earned domestically Captain Marvel is already the top grossing domestic film of the year after one weekend. Based on that opening and past MCU films, the movie should have a domestic earning somewhere above $400 million.

The film played to an audience that was 55% male and 45% female and 64% of the film’s crowd was aged 25 or older. That’s one of the smallest gender divides of a Marvel film and one of the older audiences. Wonder Woman opened with a crowd that was 52% female. The film also earned an “A” CinemaScore.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $302 million which is the fifth highest international opening weekend of all-time and the sixth largest worldwide debut ever. The top market internationally was China where the filmed earned $89.3 million and is the third highest MCU opening there. The film also boasts the biggest global launch for a female-fronted film and second-largest for superhero film.

The film delivered an opening weekend where the film earned $455 million worldwide.

In second place was How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which earned an estimated $14.7 million to bring its domestic total to $119.7 million. It added $21.7 million internationally to bring that total to $315.5 million for a worldwide total of $435.2 million.

In third place was Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral which delivered an estimated $12.1 million to bring its domestic total to $45.9 million.

In fourth place was The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part which brought in an estimated $3.8 million to bring its domestic total to $97.1 million. Internationally the film added $3.9 million to bring that total to $67.3 million for a worldwide total of $164.4 million.

Rounding out the top five was Alita: Battle Angel which saw a 55.7% drop from the previous weekend where it was third. The movie earned an estimated $3.2 million to bring its domestic total to $78.3 million. It also added $11.6 million from 74 overseas market to bring that total to $304.3 million and $382.7 million worldwide. That film was targeting as a boost by incel/MRA types in protest of Captain Marvel. Their protest clearly didn’t work showing their buying power is directly inverse to how loud they are online and ability to review bomb films.

In other comic films….

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped from 11th last week to 15th this week earning an estimated $650,000 to bring its domestic total to $188.8 million.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into the earnings of 2018 and 2019’s comic adaptations.

Captain Marvel Opens with $20.7 million in Previews

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel (2019) poster CR: Marvel Studios

How many millions will Captain Marvel earn in its first weekend has been a big question. And, based on Thursday numbers, the film should have a monster weekend.

The film earned a reported $20.7 million on Thursday night. Previous earnings include Avengers: Infinity War ($39 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($30.1 million), Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($27.7 million), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6 million), Black Panther ($25.2 million), and Captain America: Civil War ($25 million), not adjusted for inflation.

That’s the second highest amount for a movie featuring a new solo character, the fifth highest for a Marvel Cinematic Universe film and second-largest in march.

Wonder Woman earned $11 million to go on and earn $103 million over its domestic launch.

Captain Marvel looks to be earning somewhere between $125 million and $145 million though some feel it can cross $150 million.

The film also opens in every major market other than Japan. It’s expected to have earned over $300 million worldwide by the time the weekend is over. It has earned $44 million in its first two days which doesn’t include China’s estimated $34 million on opening day. That amount is the second highest for a MCU film.

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