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Birds of Prey Drops to Third While Joker Slows Down

Birds of Prey

It’s a tale of two R-rated films based on DC properties at the weekend box office. Despite positive reviews and a push from fans, Birds of Prey continues to fight at the box office.

With a drop about 59%, the film brought in an estimated $7 million over the three days. That brings the domestic total to $72.5 million. Internationally, the film added $10 million from 78 markets. The international total now stands at $101.2 million for a worldwide total of $173.7 million. The film should be well profitable by the time its run is over but the film will definitely send Warner Bros. back to the drawing board. The film opens in Japan on March 20.

Joker

Joker continues to wind down its run but saw its post Oscar boost slow down.

Over the past week, the film earned about $104,000 domestically which is a decrease from the $170,000 it earned over the previous week. The film’s total now stands at $335.4 million.

Internationally, the film added $500,000 over the week which is down from the previous week’s $600,000. It’s earned $737.9 million internationally.

The movie’s $1.073 billion is an amazing haul for a movie whose budget was just $55 million. It caps off a record-setting year for films based on comics.

The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It’s about $7.8 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point. It’s unlikely to do so but you never know.

When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. The film is marching along and it’s possible it will pass Aquaman‘s domestic total by the time its domestic run is over:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,355,159
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$737,900,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has a 19.51x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.

The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $1.018 billion.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $4.963 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.331 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.042 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $496.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $733.1 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $604.2 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,355,159
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$737,900,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,073,255,159
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,018,255,159
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.51
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43

Sonic the Hedgehog Continues to Take the Cross the Finish Line in First

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog managed to outpace The Call of the Wild, which beat expectations, to take first place. The film held on to first for the second weekend in a row.

After ten days of release, Sonic the Hedgehog has earned $106.6 million after bringing in an estimated $26.3 million over the weekend. Internationally the film added $38.3 million to bring its foreign total to $96.5 million and a worldwide total to $203.1 million.

In second place was The Call of the Wild which earned $24.8 million. That beat expectation but the film’s budget is a reported $135 million making this an uphill fight for the film. The audience was a 50/50 split between men and women with 62% of the crowd aged 25 or older. Internationally, the film opened in 40 markets earning $15.4 million for a $40.2 million global opening.

Birds of Prey dropped to third with an estimated $7 million to bring the domestic total to $72.5 million after its third week. It also added $10 million internationally to bring that total to $101.2 million and $173.7 million.

Brahms: The Boys II edged out the competition to come in fourth with an estimated $5.9 million. With a “C-” CinemaScore and a 40% audience score on RottenTomatoes, the film should drop quickly. The crowd was 53% female and 56% of the crowd was under the age of 25. It also launched in 23 markets with an estimated $2.22 million.

Round out the top five was Bad Boys for Life with an estimated $5.86 million. The domestic total now stands at $191.2 million. The film also earned $8.1 million internationally to bring that total to $200 million and $391.2 million worldwide.

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

Confirmed: Dan Didio Out as Co-Publisher of DC

DC logo

Dan Didio is reportedly out as Co-Publisher of DC. He has served in the role along with Jim Lee since 2010. He was previously a VP executive editor for six years and before that VP editorial.

DC’s success has been mixed and controversial under Didio. DC has consistently held the #2 spot when it comes to reported sales once in a while eclipsing fellow publisher Marvel

There has been no official word yet about the shakeup but there’s surely more to come and we’ve asked DC for comment and will update the story if any official statement is made. ComicsPRO is currently underway. Publishers address stores about their upcoming plans and this will have to be addressed.

Update: We have heard from sources that Didio is indeed out from DC and that it’s “business as usual” for the publisher.

Bad Idea Expands its Idea of Stores to 50 on Launch

Bad Idea seems to have a very good idea going for them. Announced at ComicsPRO, the upstart comic publisher is expanding its first wave of participating retailers from the initial 20 to 50 stores. It begins with ENIAC #1 from Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite in May 2020.

Bad Idea has also announced at ComicsPRO that they’ll be opening registration to every participating ComicsPRO memberwho will be able to enroll on-site to become a Bad Idea Destination Store beginning today during the company’s conference roundtable sessions. Additionally, all participating Bad Idea Destination Store retailer accounts will also be offered a 60% discount and free shipping on all orders.

In order to qualify for participation, each Bad Idea Destination Store must agree to a stringent set of rules and criteria that include:

  • prominent in-store placement for Bad Idea comics
  • some truly galling and gauche promotional displays
  • and strictly enforced “limit one per customer,” street date, pre-order, pricing, and minimum/maximum order and allocation policies for all Bad Idea releases.

Failure to comply with the spirit and/or letter of the rules will result in removal from the program and a well-deserved shaming from your friends, family members, and professional colleagues.

In the event that Bad Idea’s list of approved wave one applicants exceeds 50 stores, retailers may be assigned to the next available wave of admissions. Bad Idea will be working overtime to service each and every one of its trusted retail partners and regularly admitting new stores to the program on a rolling basis. 

That means that each time a new retailer comes on board as a Bad Idea Destination Store anywhere in the world, they’ll be able to access every prior BAD IDEA release in very limited quantities, so, that way the store can start at the beginning.

Non-ComicPRO retailers who wish to participate can continue to email Bad Idea’s customer service team at hello@badideacorp.com

Bad Idea will be kicking things off on May 6th, 2020 with the historic debut of ENIAC #1 –  the monumental, 40-page first issue of Bad Idea’s prestige-format premiere from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite, colorist Diego Rodriguez, and Harvey Award-nominated cover artist Lewis LaRosa.

Eniac #1

Mad Cave Studios Announces a New Retailer Program including Returnables

Mad Cave Champions

At ComicsPRO, Mad Cave Studios announced a new retailer program that includes discounts and returnable comics. “​Mad Cave Champions​” is a new rewards initiative to provide retailers exclusive offers on all Mad Cave comics. The program offers benefits to any store that becomes a part of the program. Some of those benefits include:

  • 50% off​ any order when they visit ​www.madcavestudios.com​ online store.
  • Exclusive Bi-monthly deals.
  • Each store will also be receiving a ​ “Mad Care Package”​ which will include an assortment of Mad Cave Products as a small token of appreciation for joining.
  • Free​ Shipping on Orders of $50 or more.
  • Champion stores will also receive Exclusive First Looks for each new series.
  • Most importantly, ​ the first two issues of every new Mad Cave series​, beginning with ​Stargaze​r in May, will be returnable within 60 days of release.

Don Handfield Joins Scout Comics as They Expand with Six New Imprints

Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. has announced that it’s expanding its operations in 2020. Producer and writer Don Handfield has joined Scout as a partner, co-owner, and board member. He will also serve as Chief Media Officer, helping the company further expand into new media, film, and television. Additionally, Scout is launching six new specialty imprints as it seeks to bolster its presence in the direct comic market as well as diving full force into the brick & mortar bookstore and e-retailer markets.

Handfield is the co-creator and Executive Producer of History Channel’s drama series Knightfall, one of the top cable drama launches of 2017. He also produced The Founder starring Michael Keaton. Handfield’s first comic series The Rift, was picked up by Steven Spielberg and Amblin; and his second series The Mall, published by Scout, was picked up by Ivan Reitman. Handfield is also behind The Source from Scout, and The Dark Age at Red 5 Comics, which was optioned by Armory Films (Mudbound, Peanut Butter Falcon). On the film side, Handfield is currently producing along with Marc Platt (LA LA LAND) the adaptation of Switched On, the critically-acclaimed book from John Elder Robison at Focus Features with Emma Frost (The White Queen) adapting. Handfield is also producing the US-remake of top grossing Vietnamese horror film Housemaid alongside CJ Entertainment from a script that was adapted for the US market by Academy-Award winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher.  

The six new Scout imprints include:

OUTSIDER

Outsider Comics began as a physical retail space in Seattle, committed to showing that comics are for everyone. Run by Jill Taplin, the Outsider imprint will focus on celebrating creators and stories that are underrepresented in sequential storytelling today.

We’re excited to play a part in sharing these perspectives and helping to make comics more inclusive

-Jill Taplin
OUTSIDER

BLACK CARAVAN

Black Caravan will explore the darker side of creator-owned comics, high end art books, and collectibles. The horror imprint’s co-Publishers, Joseph Schmalke, and Rich Woodall, are both veterans of independent publishing, including their current Scout book THE ELECTRIC BLACK.

BLACK CARAVAN

SCOOT

Scoot will be Scout’s all ages line that is launching in conjunction with Free Comic Book Day via the $1 Scoot Preview book. This preview will feature multiple Scoot launch titles.

Scoot

LIT

Scout will delve into the young adult space with Lit, graphic novels that will appeal to teens of all interests and backgrounds.

LIT

ONE-SHOT

The One-Shot imprint will publish approximately half a dozen self-contained one-shot comics by some of today’s most talented creators each year. At the beginning of each subsequent year, Scout will collect all of these one-shots into a single trade paperback anthology. 

NONSTOP!

Scout’s Nonstop! imprint caters to readers, collectors and retailers alike. First, a Nonstop! world premiere issue #1 is released to give fans a taste of the story, and then a few months later, the full story is released in full as a trade paperback.

NONSTOP!

Mark Waid is Named Publisher of Humanoids

Mark Waid

Humanoids has named Eisner award-winning writer Mark Waid as Publisher. In his new role, Waid will lead the content strategy for Humanoids’ LA-based office. In addition to taking the reins as day-to-day creative lead for the company, Waid will be responsible for overseeing editorial, sales and marketing; expanding Humanoids’ relationships within the creative community; and deepening its ties to retailers and librarians. Waid will report to Humanoids’ CEO Fabrice Giger, who was previously both Humanoids’ CEO and Publisher. 

In October of 2018, Humanoids announced Waid as the company’s Director of Creative Development and also named John Cassaday as the company’s first ever Chief Creative Officer. Those high profile hirings followed the launch of Life Drawn (a new literary imprint featuring deeply personal, powerful and often political narratives), BIG (an all ages imprint), and H1 (a shared, superpowered universe with all new characters and stories). 

The announcement of Waid as Humanoids’ Publisher comes at an opportune time. Timed to the 40th anniversary of The Incal by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and internationally acclaimed artist Mœbius, the company will pay tribute to its illustrious past with a series of high profile publications, including: 

WE ARE HUMANOIDS FEATURING THE INCAL

An All-New Free Comic Book Day Issue by writer Mark Waid and artist Stéphane Roux. Colors by Hi-Fi Colour Design

Humanoids returns to the world of THE INCAL, the sci-fi masterpiece by Mœbius and Jodorowsky, with the first original story in close to a decade. This brand-new tale by superstars Mark Waid (Ignited, Kingdom Come) and Stéphane Roux (Star Wars, Birds of Prey), and featuring a cover by Ladrönn (Final Incal, Hip Flask, Inhumans) makes its world premiere for FCBD and serves as the perfect introduction for new readers to discover the seminal series. The 2020 Free Comic Book Day Issue also includes exclusive first looks at the new wave of projects from Humanoids and its imprints.

Available for free in comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day Saturday May 2, 2020.

“Forty years ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius redefined the comics medium with their revolutionary storytelling in THE INCAL,” said Mark Waid. “Our Free Comic Book Day story pays tribute to that iconic science fiction epic, while introducing its characters to a new generation of readers everywhere.” 

WE ARE HUMANOIDS FEATURING THE INCAL

THE SEVEN LIVES OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

compiled and curated by Vincent Bernière & Nicolas Tellop

This all-new, oversized hardcover coffee table edition is an appreciation of the legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and provides a definitive overview of his many creative ventures, including his comics writing, his passion and contribution to Tarot, his life in the theater, his rebirth as a 70s cinematic cult figure and his legendary work on the unfinished film adaptation of Dune. Featuring exclusive interviews, photos and much more.

On sale in bookstores on May 12, 2020 and in comic book shops on May 13, 2020.

THE SEVEN LIVES OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

Two 40th Anniversary Trade Paperback Editions of THE INCAL

by writer Alejandro Jodorowsky and artist Mœbius; Featuring an introduction by bestselling writer Brian Bendis.Colors by Yves Chaland (Book 1), Isabelle Beaumeney-Joanner (Books 2, 3 & 4), and Zoran Janjetov (Books 5 & 6).

“Jodorowsky is our prophet. Our patron saint of imagination. A man with the mind of a god, where universes upon universes swirl and splinter, explode and coalesce, and wither and flower, all at once, all the time.”—Jason Aaron, Southern Bastards

Humanoids will celebrate the 40th anniversary of THE INCAL with two separate special anniversary editions: a limited edition cover for comic shops to be published timed to Free Comic Book Day and a mass edition featuring the classic yellow Difool cover for bookstores. When the limited edition direct market is sold out, it will not be reprinted. 

In this iconic story, John Difool, a low-class detective in a degenerate dystopian world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient, mystical artifact called “The Incal.” 

On sale in comic book shops on April 29, 2020 and in bookstores on June 2, 2020.

Two 40th Anniversary Trade Paperback Editions of THE INCAL

The First Ever Trade Paperback of BARBARELLA by Jean-Claude Forest

Adapted by bestselling writer KellySue DeConnick 

Jean-Claude Forest’s timeless sci-fi series introduced the intergalactic and erotic adventures of the fierce warrior Barbarella. Now, for the first time, Humanoids will publish a trade paperback edition of the English-language adaptation by BITCH PLANET and PRETTY DEADLY writer Kelly-Sue DeConnick, featuring both the original BARBARELLA story and its sequel THE WRATH OF THE MINUTE EATER in one volume. 

On sale in bookstores on June 16th and in comic shops on June 17, 2020.

“BARBARELLA is iconic,” said BITCH PLANET writer and co-creator KellySue DeConnick. “But more people know the film than the comic, and THE WRATH OF THE MINUTE EATER is virtually unknown here in the States. I feel lucky to have played a role in making it available to English audiences. I love it. It’s dark, and somehow even more insane than the original.”

The First Ever Trade Paperback of BARBARELLA by Jean-Claude Forest

A Re-issue of METAL HURLANT: SELECTED WORKS 

“Métal Hurlant” magazine was created in Paris in 1974 by Moebius, Druillet, and Dionnet, the founding fathers of Les Humanoïdes Associés. This movement soon revolutionized the medium and inspired countless writers, artists and filmmakers the world over. Versions in various languages flourished everywhere, including in the States with “Heavy Metal.” Always with innovation and creativity in mind, Humanoids launched a 13-issue anthology in 2002, to develop relationships with the new wave of comics talent and establish a creative bridge between the US and Europe with stories by comic book stars Geoff Johns, Kurt Busiek, Guy Davis, Jerome Opena, and more. Now highlights from the anthology are being published in book form in a new edition.

On sale in bookstores on March 17 and in comic shops on March 18.

A Re-issue of METAL HURLANT: SELECTED WORKS

Birds of Prey Drops to Second While Joker Gets a Bounce

Birds of Prey

It’s a tale of two R-rated films based on DC properties at the weekend box office. Despite positive reviews and a push from fans, Birds of Prey continues to struggle at the box office.

With about a 48% drop, the film brought in an estimated $17.1 million over the three days and $19.6 million for the four days. That brings the domestic total to $61.7 million. Internationally, the film added $23 million from 78 markets, about a 46% drop. The international total now stands at $83.6 million for a worldwide total of $145.3 million. The film should be well profitable by the time its run is over but the film will definitely send Warner Bros. back to the drawing board. The film opens in Japan on March 20.

Joker

Joker continues to wind down its run but saw a bit of a boost going into the Oscars.

Over the past week, the film earned about $170,000 domestically which is a decrease from the $200,000 it earned over the previous week. It’s the same amount as of two weeks ago. The film’s total now stands at $335.3 million.

Internationally, the film added $600,000 over the week which is up from the previous week’s $500,000. It’s earned $737.4 million internationally.

The movie’s $1.073 billion is an amazing haul for a movie whose budget was just $55 million. It caps off a record-setting year for films based on comics.

The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It’s about $8.4 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point. It’s unlikely to do so but you never know.

When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. The film is marching along and it’s possible it will pass Aquaman‘s domestic total by the time its domestic run is over:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,251,773
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$737,400,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has a 19.5x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.

The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $1.018 billion.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $4.962 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.330 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.042 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $496.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $733.0 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $604.2 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,251,773
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$737,400,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,072,651,773
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,017,651,773
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.50
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43

Sonic the Hedgehog Runs Into First with a Record

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog raced into first place at the box office. Over the four days, the film earned an estimated $68 million. It’s the fourth largest Presidents’ Day opening ever. It may go even higher once the final numbers come in. For the three days, the film earned $57 million making it the largest three-day opening ever for a video game adaptation.

The film is doing well with reviews which point to a lot of gold rings in its future. The opening audience gave the film an “A” CinemaScore and the film has a 95% audience rating on RottenTomatoes. The film was 56% male with 70% aged under 25 years old.

The film launched in 40 markets earning an estimated $43 million delivering a weekend total over $100 million.

Birds of Prey dropped to second place with about a 48% drop. The film brought in an estimated $17.1 million over the three days and $19.6 million for the four days. That brings the domestic total to $61.7 million. Internationally, the film added $23 million from 78 markets, about a 46% drop. The international total now stands at $83.6 million for a worldwide total of $145.3 million. The film should be well profitable by the time its run is over but the film will definitely send Warner Bros. back to the drawing board.

Third place was a close one with Fantasy Island currently holding the spot with $12.4 million over the three days and $14 million over the four days. The film received a “C-” CinemaScore, a 9% critic rating on RottenTomatoes and a 45% audience score. The crowd was 52% female with 46% aged 25 or older. The film also launched in 35 markets with $7.6 million.

The Photograph was right behind that film with an estimated $12.3 million over the three days and $13.4 million over four days. The audience was 56% female and 64% were aged 25 and older.

Rounding out the top five was Bad Boys for Life which saw just a 6% dip and earning an estimated $11.3 million over three days and $12.8 million for the four days. It also added $11.1 million from overseas. It has now earned $182.8 million domestically and $187 million internationally and $369.8 million worldwide.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into the comic films of 2019 and 2020.

Wonder Woman Tops January as Marvel Holds it Dominance and Graphic Novels See a Boost

Marvel expanded its market share while DC lost some ground in January 2020 according to Diamond Comic Distributors. DC’s Wonder Woman #750 took the top spot for the month, making it two months in a row that DC has had the top-selling issue. It wasn’t enough as the publisher slipped in dollarshare and unitshare. The month also saw big gains for graphic novels from the previous month.

Comics saw a slight dip from the previous month down in both dollars and units and moderately down compared to the same point the previous year. Graphic Novels saw double-digit gains from December increasing 29.62% in dollars and 36.99% in units. That’s most likely to the large increase in volume shipped for the month. Overall, comics and graphic novels were up from the previous month, 5.84% in dollars and 0.73% in units. Toys saw a slight dip from the previous month, down 1.05% in dollars and 4.04% in units.

The number of units ship was up sharply to 932 compared to 658 the previous month. Graphic novels nearly doubled from 235 to 411.

Compared to the same time the previous year, comics were down 6.7% in dollars and 8.64% in units. Graphic novels are up in dollars by 5.09% by saw no change in units. Overall, the two are down 3.26% in dollars and 7.99% un units. Toys meanwhile are up 4% in dollars and down 16.26% in units.

Marvel Comics was January’s top publisher with a 39.98% dollar share (+2.09) and a 46.67% unit share (+1.07). DC placed second at 29.33% (-4.22) and 29.73% (-1.62), respectively. Image Comics was third, with a market share of 5.60% in both categories (-0.31 and -0.33), followed by IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, BOOM! Studios, VIZ Media, and Dynamite Entertainment. BOOM! saw a boost passing Dark Horse as the #5 publisher for the month.

Marvel Comics had eight titles in the top ten. Donny Cates and Nic Klein’s Thor #1, beginning a new era of Thor as the Herald of Galactus, was their top book at #2. DC had two titles in the top ten; in addition to Wonder Woman #750, James Tynion IV, Tony S. Daniel, and Danny Miki’s Batman #86 ranked #7.

Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ top book, Spawn #304, ranked #40 for the month; BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 ranked #54; Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1, beginning a crossover with the characters from Chaos! Comics, ranked #86; IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 ranked #89; and Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 ranked #134.

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Absolute Carnage, collecting Marvel Comics’ crossover event, was January’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten from Marvel Comics, League of Legends: Lux ranked #4 and House of X/Powers of X ranked #5. DC had four titles in the top ten; Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Victoria Yang’s Diana: Princess of the Amazons, the young readers graphic novel about Wonder Woman’s childhood, was their top book at #2. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten; their best-selling book, Stranger Things: Zombie Boys, ranked #6.

BBC Books’ Doctor Who: Star Tales, an anthology in which the Doctor meets celebrities in her travels through time and space, was January’s best-selling book.

Inspired by George Perez’s artwork from 1991’s The Infinity Gauntlet, Funko’s POP! Marvel Heroes: Thanos Snap 6-Inch Deluxe Vinyl Figure, a PREVIEWS exclusive, repeated at the top of the sales charts in January as the month’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten, the Dark Nights Metal: The Batman Who Laughs & Robins Deluxe Statue at #2 and the DC Bombshells: Death Statue, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, at #3. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten; their top product, the Marvel Animated: Venom & Spider-Man Statue, ranked #7.

Green Ronin Publishing’s Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting was, for the second month in the row, the best-selling game product in January. Paizo also had a strong month, with eight of the month’s top ten best-selling products, led by the Starfinder RPG Core Rulebook at #2.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS39.98%46.67%
DC COMICS29.33%29.73%
IMAGE COMICS5.60%5.60%
IDW PUBLISHING4.05%3.28%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.09%2.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS3.04%3.10%
VIZ MEDIA2.59%1.04%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.21%2.08%
RANDOM HOUSE0.76%0.22%
TITAN COMICS0.57%0.41%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.77%5.59%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
JANUARY 2020 VS. DECEMBER 2019
COMICS-2.48%-1.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS29.62%36.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN5.84%0.73%
TOYS-1.05%-4.04%
JANUARY 2020 VS. JANUARY 2019
COMICS-6.70%-8.64%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.09%0.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.26%-7.99%
TOYS4.00%-16.26%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS101560157
DC COMICS98300128
IDW PUBLISHING3516051
IMAGE COMICS437050
VIZ MEDIA LLC043043
DARK HORSE COMICS259034
BOOM! STUDIOS226028
SOURCE POINT PRESS163019
DYNAMITE144018
TITAN COMICS62311
OTHER NON-TOP 1013023528393
TOTAL49041131932

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WONDER WOMAN #750$9.99NOV190399-MDC
2THOR #1$4.99AUG199016-MMAR
3STAR WARS #1$4.99AUG199000-MMAR
4X-MEN #4$3.99OCT190906-MMAR
5X-MEN #5$3.99AUG199030-MMAR
6GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$4.99NOV190742-MMAR
7BATMAN #86$3.99NOV190411-MDC
8AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38$3.99NOV190915-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37$3.99NOV190913-MMAR
10STAR #1$3.99NOV190799-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WONDER WOMAN #750$9.99NOV190399-MDC
2THOR #1$4.99AUG199016-MMAR
3STAR WARS #1$4.99AUG199000-MMAR
4X-MEN #4$3.99OCT190906-MMAR
5GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$4.99NOV190742-MMAR
6X-MEN #5$3.99AUG199030-MMAR
7THE JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY #2 (MR) [*]$5.99SEP190500-MDC
8BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #6$4.99NOV190433-MDC
9IRON MAN 2020 #1$4.99NOV190753-MMAR
10VENOM: THE END #1$4.99NOV190795-MMAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TP$29.99OCT191107MAR
2DIANA: PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS TP$9.99SEP190470DC
3WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
4LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TP$15.99JUL191064MAR
5HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC$60.00SEP190963-MMAR
6STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS TP$10.99OCT190311DAR
7MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 22 GN$9.99OCT192290VIZ
8BLACK HAMMER VOL. 4: AGE OF DOOM PART II TP$19.99MAY190209DAR
9GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY TP$9.99SEP190471DC
10WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER TP$16.99SEP190472DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1INCREDIBLE HULK BY PETER DAVID OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$125.00JUL191095-MMAR
2CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC$125.00JUL191093-MMAR
3HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC$60.00SEP190963-MMAR
4ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TP$29.99OCT191107MAR
5DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$100.00JUL191088MAR
6JUNJI ITO: NO LONGER HUMAN HC (MR)$34.99OCT192289VIZ
7WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
8BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE OMNIBUS HC$125.00MAY190477DC
9MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 14 HC$75.00JUL191091-MMAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: MAXIMUM CARNAGE TP$39.99OCT191135MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOCTOR WHO: STAR TALES HC$16.99MAY198373PEN
2DOCTOR WHOL REVELATION OF THE DALEKS HC$16.99JAN198797PEN
3BLACK WIDOW LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV191744RAN
4OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 49 SC$29.95APR191757-MGEM
5BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
6SWORD ART ONLINE VOL. 18: ALICIZATION LASTING SC$14.00OCT192330YEN
7FROZEN: I AM ELSA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV191746RAN
8FROZEN: I AM ANNA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV191745RAN
9THE SHADOW NOVEL VOL. 151 SC$19.95DEC191846SAN
10THE SHADOW NOVEL VOL. 150 SC$19.95DEC191845SAN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP! MARVEL HEROES: THANOS SNAP 6-INCH DELUXE VINYL FIGUREMAY198251FUN
2DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBINS DELUXE STATUEMAY190542DC
3DC BOMBSHELLS: DEATH STATUEMAY190539DC
4FANTASTIC FOUR LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESSEP198358HAS
5SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESSEP198357HAS
6POP! DRAGON BALL Z: SUPER SAIYAN 2 VEGETA VINYL FIGUREJAN199073FUN
7MARVEL ANIMATED: VENOM & SPIDER-MAN STATUEJUN192393DST
8MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS ENDGAME: HERO SUIT HULK FIGUREJUL192664DST
9MARVEL SELECT: SPIDER-MAN PS4 VIDEO GAME FIGUREAUG192734DST
10MARVEL GALLERY: 1990S SPIDER-MAN PVC FIGUREJUN192391DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
2STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
3CREATURE CODEX HCJUL183073PAI
4PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK SPECIAL EDITION HC (P2)MAY193228PAI
5D&D ICONS OF THE REALM: VOLO & MORDENKAINEN BOOSTER BRICKMAY198224NEC
6PATHFINDER: GAME MASTER SCREEN (P2)MAY193238PAI
7PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOKJUN091729PAI
8PATHFINDER: BESTIARY HC (P2)MAY193229PAI
9PATHFINDER: BESTIARY SPECIAL EDITION HC (P2)MAY193230PAI
10STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HCMAY182931PAI
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