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AfterShock Announces Returnability on New #1 Issues for the Remainder of 2018

AfterShock Comics today announced full returnability on all new #1 issues remaining to be released in 2018 that have not yet hit their Final Order Cutoff dates with Diamond Comic Distributors.

The move is to help comic shops facing challenges and make it easier for readers to discover them. In the announcement, the company has said that based on recent first issue reorders, the demand is exceeding supply. Retailers have asked for this sort of incentive program for a while and the company’s success has allowed it to be able to offer it.

Additionally, AfterShock will be extending returnability on the second issues of key titles for which the FOC dates for their first issues have already passed. Retailers would need to match or better their numbers for those first issues, with a required minimum order of five. The eligible comics include Hot Lunch Special #2Volition #2, and Beyonders #2.

Typically, Diamond Comic Retailers gives retailers 45 days with the books before announcing acceptance of returns and then retailers have 30 days to return the eligible issues.

AfterShock’s #1 returnability program goes into effect immediately and begins with eligible titles hitting a Final Order Cutoff date of August 20th – which includes Moth & Whisper #1, as well as Hot Lunch Special #2 and Volition #2.

For more details and to order, comic shop retailers are encouraged to reach out to their Diamond Comic Distributors representatives.

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Ant-Man and the Wasp Crosses $200 Million

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. This past weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp crossed the $200 million mark after earning an estimated $4 million this past weekend. That brings its domestic total to $203.5 million. The film has also earned $245.4 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $448.9 million after six weeks. The film is still shy of the original’s total though it has earned $23 million more domestically unadjusted for ticket price inflation. Worldwide the sequel is shy $71 million.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies came in at #15 earning an estimated $1.8 million to bring its domestic total to $25.5 million off of a $10 million budget. The film has also earned $4.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $30 million. That’s a gain of $6.9 million over the past week.

Despite being released for home, Avengers: Infinity War was #25 for the weekend earning an estimated $196,000 to bring its domestic total to $678.4 million. The film has also earned $1.367 billion for a worldwide total of $2.046 billion.

Deadpool 2 wasn’t on the chart for the weekend, but the film added about $600,000 to its total over the week. Domestically, the film has earned $318.1 million and also $415 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $733.1 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).

Black Panther continues to bring in the dollars even though it is out on digital and Blu-ray. The film added about $55,000 domestically and about $60,000 internationally over the week. Worldwide, the film has brought in $1.347 billion. The movie is the rare blockbuster that has earned more domestically than it has internationally.

The Death of Stalin didn’t shift at all and looks like it’ll stay at earning $8,041,828 domestically.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Some more numbers have come in. According to what little we could find, it looks like the film’s domestic box office has brought in $183,754. All together, the film has earned a reported $263,621 at the foreign box office. The movie was released on demand at the same time in theaters, so the film has made money it’s just unknown how much.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $1.934 billion
Total International Gross: $2.692 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.626 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $797.1 million
Total “Profit”: $3.808 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $276.2 million
Average International Gross: $384.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $660.8 million
Average Budget: $132.9 million
Average Profit: $528 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.

The Meg Dominates the Weekend with a $44.5 Million Debut

It was a monster of a weekend that shows giant sharks can still drive audiences into the theater. The Meg won the weekend with an estimated $44.5 million debut at 4,118 screens for an average of $10,806. That debut is well above the estimates which expected it to be in the $20s million range.

The film received a “B+” CinemaScore, nothing that really shows this is a film driven by positive word of mouth. But, with a lack of giant monster films, this is one that could just be the right release at the right time.

The film has also earned $97 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $141.5 million, already passing the $130 million budget.

In second place was the box office champ for the past two weekend, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The movie earned an estimated $20 million to bring its domestic total to $162 million. With $275.6 million at the foreign box office the film is showing sequels can mean success with a worldwide total of $437.6 million on its $178 million budget.

In third place was Disney’s Christopher Robin which dropped 49.4% from its debut weekend. The film earned an estimated $12.4 million to bring its domestic total to $50 million. Internationally the film has earned $12.1 million for $62.1 million total.

Rounding out the top five were two new films.

Slender Man came in fourth with an estimated $11.3 million off of a $10 million budget. There’s lots of money to be made in low budget horror and the films seem to do well no matter the time of year that they’re released.

Rounding out the top five was BlacKKKlansman from Spike Lee. The film earned an estimated $10.8 million from a $15 million budget. It has also earned $400,000 at the foreign box office. This is on the higher end of openings for Lee whose best was 2006’s Inside Man. It’s close to his second best opening which was The Original Kinds of Comedy’s $11.1 million in 2000. That film went on to earn $38.2 million.

In comic movie earnings…

Ant-Man and the Wasp rounded out the top 10 earning an estimated $4 million to bring its domestic total to $203.5 million. The film has also earned $245.4 million at the foreign box office for a worldwide total of $448.9 million after six weeks. The film is still shy of the original’s total though it has earned $23 million more domestically unadjusted for ticket price inflation. Worldwide the sequel is shy $71 million.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies came in at #15 earning an estimated $1.8 million to bring its domestic total to $25.5 million off of a $10 million budget. The film has also earned $4.5 million at the foreign box office for a total of $30 million.

Despite being released for home, Avengers: Infinity War was #25 for the weekend earning an estimated $196,000 to bring its domestic total to $678.4 million. The film has also earned $1.367 billion for a worldwide total of $2.046 billion.

We’ll have more coverage of this year’s comic film adaptations in an hour.

IDW Entertainment President David Ozer Leaves Company for a New Venture

Kerry McCluggage, CEO of IDW Media Holdings, announced today that David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment, will be leaving the company to become an independent producer.

IDW Entertainment was launched in 2013, and Ozer and his team have been responsible for building the division and successfully delivering three seasons of the critically-acclaimed Wynonna Earp and securing deals with Netflix to produce Locke and Key and V-Wars. IDW Entertainment also has a strong roster of projects in active development, with properties based on their deep and growing library of comic books and graphic novels, as well as properties created by their many friends in the writer/producer community.

Diamond Announces the Top Products for July 2018. Batman #50 Takes the Top Spot

Marvel Comics was July’s top publisher according to Diamond Comic Distributors with a 39.07% dollar share (+0.65) and a 41.05% unit share (+0.07). DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 31.62% dollar share (+1.08) and a 33.82% unit share (+0.09). Image Comics was third with an 8.52% dollar share (-1.94) and an 8.87% unit share (-2.59). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.52% dollar share (+2.06) and a 3.95% unit share (+2.29), followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.82% dollar share (-0.51) and a 1.91% unit share (-0.19), BOOM! Studios with a 1.89% dollar share (+0.27) and a 1.74% unit share (-0.02), and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.74% dollar share (-0.36) and a 2.07% unit share (+0.56).

Compared to June 2018, comics saw a vast improvement while graphic novels fell. The two combined saw an improvement. Toys was mixed with an increased in dollars and a slight dip in units. Compared to July 2017, it’s much of the same but toys has also seen an increase in units.

The year to date is mixed with comics showing a slight improvement in dollars though a dip in units. Graphic novels, and toys see a decrease in dollars and units.

DC Entertainment had five titles in July’s top ten including the top comics in Batman #50. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten with the highest ranking being Amazing Spider-Man #1 ranked #2. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #181 was their top book at #17, Dynamite Entertainment’s Elvira, Mistress of the Dark #1 ranked #89, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #29 ranked #113, IDW Publishing’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 ranked #116, and Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: My Ainsel #5 ranked #147.

Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar from DC Entertainment was July’s best-selling graphic novel. Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, with Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet as their top book at #3. VIZ Media had two titles in the top ten, led by One-Punch ManVolume 14 at #6.

Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 was July’s best-selling book product; the softcover edition ranked #1 for the month, and the hardcover edition ranked #2.

Based on Blizzard Entertainment’s best-selling video game Overwatch, Good Smile’s Overwatch: Genji “Classic Skin” Nendoroid Figure was July’s best-selling toy product. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Thanos Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles also had one product in the top ten, the DC Comics Bombshells: Wonder Woman Deluxe Statue at #10.

Paizo’s Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, a special limited edition release with the new edition of Pathfinder‘s rules, was July’s best-selling game product and one of eight Paizo products among the top ten.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

39.07%

41.05%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.62%

33.82%

IMAGE COMICS

8.52%

8.87%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.52%

3.95%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.82%

1.91%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.89%

1.74%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.74%

2.07%

VIZ MEDIA

1.20%

0.46%

TITAN COMICS

0.69%

0.47%

ARCHIE COMICS

0.64%

0.60%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.29%

5.05%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JULY 2018 VS. JUNE 2018

COMICS

14.18%

7.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-13.07%

-9.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.01%

6.55%

TOYS

16.78%

-0.28%

JULY 2018 VS. JULY 2017

COMICS

17.37%

10.40%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.11%

-4.96%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

9.53%

9.27%

TOYS

15.77%

4.94%

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

COMICS

0.76%

-7.02%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.26%

-10.42%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-1.93%

-7.28%

TOYS

-8.63%

-10.45%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

89

37

0

126

DC ENTERTAINMENT

63

34

0

97

IDW PUBLISHING

56

19

1

76

IMAGE COMICS

59

14

0

73

DARK HORSE COMICS

21

19

0

40

BOOM! STUDIOS

24

9

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

16

8

0

24

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

TITAN COMICS

10

3

4

17

ARCHIE COMICS

10

3

0

13

OTHER NON-TOP 10

130

153

7

290

TOTAL

478

321

12

811

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MAR

3

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$4.99

MAY180773-M MAR

4

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

$4.99

MAY180471-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180460-M DC

6

CATWOMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180456-M DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAY180793-M MAR

8

BATMAN #51

$3.99

MAY180454-M DC

9

X-23 #1

$4.99

MAY180808-M MAR

10

COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1

$3.99

MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN #50

$4.99

MAY180450-M DC

2

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1

$5.99

MAY180784-M MAR

3

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

$4.99

MAY180773-M MAR

4

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

$4.99

MAY180471-M DC

5

SUPERMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180460-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2

$3.99

MAY180793-M MAR

7

X-23 #1

$4.99

MAY180808-M MAR

8

CATWOMAN #1

$3.99

MAY180456-M DC

9

BATMAN #51

$3.99

MAY180454-M DC

10

COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1

$3.99

MAY180803-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP

$16.99

APR180261 DC

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

VENOMIZED TP

$17.99

MAY180963 MAR

4

STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA VOL. 3: REMASTERED TP

$17.99

APR180857 MAR

5

MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE VOL. 1: FATE OF THE FOUR TP

$17.99

APR180864 MAR

6

ONE-PUNCH MAN VOLUME 14 GN

$9.99

MAY182170 VIZ

7

DRAGON BALL SUPER VOLUME 3 GN

$9.99

MAY182168 VIZ

8

MS. MARVEL VOL. 9: TEENAGE WASTELAND TP

$17.99

APR180868 MAR

9

WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN VOL. 7: SCARLET SAMURAI TP

$15.99

APR180870 MAR

10

ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

$29.99

JAN130790 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC

$125.00

JAN181031 MAR

2

BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC

$75.00

FEB180294 DC

3

EX MACHINA: THE COMPLETE SERIES OMNIBUS HC (MR)

$150.00

DEC170409 DC

4

BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR TP

$16.99

APR180261 DC

5

DOCTOR STRANGE SORCERER SUPREME OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC

$125.00

JAN181033 MAR

6

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 10 HC

$75.00

JAN181035-M MAR

7

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

8

DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION TP

$34.99

APR180860 MAR

9

THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS VOLUME 3 HC

$99.99

JAN180398 DC

10

THE PRISONER BY KIRBY & KANE ARTIST EDITION HC

$79.99

FEB181804 TTN

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 SC

$29.95

APR181580-M GEM

2

THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL. 48 HC

$35.00

APR181581-M GEM

3

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

4

DOCTOR WHO: POSTCARDS FROM TIME & SPACE SET

$17.99

MAR121365 PEN

5

DOCTOR WHO: BORROWED TIME MMPB

$9.99

MAR188210 PEN

6

LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK: AVENGERS: THREAT OF THANOS HC

$4.99

MAY181767 RAN

7

DOCTOR WHO: ESSENTIAL GUIDE REVISED EDITION

$20.00

NOV158048 PEN

8

PROMISE OF SPACE AND OTHER STORIES SC

$15.95

FEB178336 PRI

9

DOCTOR WHO: THE PIRATE PLANET HC

$19.99

DEC162187 PEN

10

BIG BIG OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOL 48

$47.50

APR181584 GEM

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

OVERWATCH: GENJI “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178585 GOO

2

OVERWATCH: HANZO “CLASSIC SKIN” NENDOROID SEP178586 GOO

3

MARVEL SELECT: THANOS ACTION FIGURE MAY052331 DST

4

AVENGERS LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURES JUL178726 HAS

5

POP! MARVEL: TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE VINYL FIGURE 2-PACK DEC178718 FUN

6

MARVEL SELECT: THOR RAGNAROK: GLADIATOR HULK ACTION FIGURE JUL172803 DST

7

MARVEL PREMIER: DEADPOOL STATUE OCT172362 DST

8

MARVEL PREMIER: CABLE STATUE DEC172279 DST

9

MARVEL GALLERY: WHITE PHOENIX SDCC 2018 EXCLUSIVE PVC FIGURE JAN188826 DST

10

DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN DELUXE STATUE DEC170425 DC

 

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK HC MAY182922 PAI

2

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST RULEBOOK SC MAY182921 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: PLANAR ADVENTURES HC APR182573 PAI

5

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: RULEBOOK DELUXE HC MAY182923 PAI

6

DC HEROCLIX: BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES BOOSTER BRICK DEC178215 NEC

7

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST ADVENTURE: DOOMSDAY DAWN MAY182924 PAI

8

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

9

PATHFINDER PLAYTEST: FLIP-MAT MULTI-PACK MAY182925 PAI

10

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

Where the Data Ranks 2018’s Comic Book Films. Black Panther Crosses $700 Million

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. This past weekend, Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped one spot to bring in $6.2 million and lift its domestic total to $195.5 million after five weeks. While the sequel has topped the original by $15 million, if you adjust the original for inflation, it’s still behind by $9 million. Internationally, the film has earned $230.8 million for a total of $426.3 million. Worldwide, the sequel still needs at least $93 million to move past the original.

In its second week, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies dropped 53.3% and brought in $4.9 million domestically. While the group might be going to the movies, it doesn’t look like audiences are to see it. Its total is now $20.8 million, over double the budget of $10 million. Internationally the film has brought in $2.4 million for a total of $23.2 million.

Avengers: Infinity War was #22 slipping one spot earning an estimated $240,000 to bring its domestic total to $678.1 million. Internationally the film has earned $1.367 billion for a worldwide total of $2.045 billion. The film is $23.1 million shy of moving into third place of all time and there’s a chance the film could do it, though unlikely.

Deadpool 2 dropped four spots to come in at #27 for the weekend. The film earned $177,000 domestically to bring that total to $318 million. With $414.6 million earned internationally, the film has brought in a worldwide total of $732.6 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).

In the biggest news, Black Panther was #33 for the weekend bringing in $35,000 and crossing the $700 line. The film is only the third movie to do so. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the top film with $936.7 million and Avatar is second with $760.5 million. Internationally, Black Panther has earned $646.7 million for a worldwide total of $1.347 billion. The movie is the rare blockbuster that has earned more domestically than it has internationally.

The Death of Stalin didn’t shift at all and looks like it’ll stay at earning $8,041,828 domestically.

I Kill Giants continues to be a weird one when it comes to numbers. Some more numbers have come in. According to what little we could find, it looks like the film’s domestic box office has brought in $183,754. All together, the film has earned a reported $263,621 at the foreign box office. The movie was released on demand at the same time in theaters, so the film has made money it’s just unknown how much.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $1.921 billion
Total International Gross: $2.675 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.595 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $797.1 million
Total “Profit”: $3.777 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $274.4 million
Average International Gross: $382.1 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $656.5 million
Average Budget: $132.9 million
Average Profit: $523.6 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.

comic book films domestic gross comic book films international gross comic book films worldwide gross comic book films gross to budget comic book films gross to budget factor

Mission Impossible – Fallout Repeats in First While Black Panther Crosses $700 Million

With an estimated $35 million, Mission: Impossible – Fallout repeated at the top of the box office. It also brought in $76 million from 56 markets which included 20 new openings. The film’s domestic gross is $124.5 million so far. It has earned $205 million at the foreign box office for a total of $329.5 million worldwide. The film is doing very well compared to past Mission: Impossible films.

In second place was Disney’s Christopher Robin which fell short of expectations. The film earned an estimated $25 million. Things aren’t too bad as the film got an “A” CinemaScore and doesn’t have a lot of competition over the next few weeks. Still, disappointing. Internationally, the film opened in 18 markets where it brought in $4.8 million.

In third place was another debut, The Spy Who Dumped Me which earned an estimated $12.35 million. This too was a bit below expectations. With a budget of $40 million, the film shouldn’t do too bad and received a “B” CinemaScore.

In fourth place was Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again which added an estimated $9 million to its domestic total. Domestically it has earned $91 million. Internationally, it added $19.3 million as it opened in seven new markets. Overseas it has earned $139.2 million for a global total of $230 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Equalizer 2 which brought in an estimated $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $79.9 million. The film doesn’t have much of an international footprint yet but will be expanding over the next three months.

In comic movie earnings…

Ant-Man and the Wasp dropped one spot to bring in $6.2 million and lift its domestic total to $195.5 million after five weeks. While the sequel has topped the original by $15 million, if you adjust the original for inflation, it’s still behind by $9 million. Internationally, the film has earned $230.8 million for a total of $426.3 million. Worldwide, the sequel still needs at least $93 million to move past the original.

In its second week, Teen Titans Go! To The Movies dropped 53.3% and brought in $4.9 million domestically. Its total is now $20.8 million, over double the budget of $10 million. Internationally the film as brought in $2.4 million for a total of $23.2 million.

Avengers: Infinity War was #22 slipping one spot earning an estimated $240,000 to bring its domestic total to $678.1 million. Internationally the film has earned $1.367 billion for a worldwide total of $2.045 billion. The film is $23.1 million shy of moving into third place of all time and there’s a chance the film could do it, though unlikely.

Deadpool 2 dropped four spots to come in at #27 for the weekend. The film earned $177,000 domestically to bring that total to $318 million. With $414.6 million earned internationally, the film has brought in a worldwide total of $732.6 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).

In the biggest news, Black Panther was #33 for the weekend bringing in $35,000 and crossing the $700 line. The film is only the third movie to do so. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the top film with $936.7 million and Avatar is second with $760.5 million. Internationally, Black Panther has earned $646.7 million for a worldwide total of $1.347 billion. The movie is the rare blockbuster that has earned more domestically than it has internationally.

We’ll be back for a further dive into this year’s comic adaptations.

Punk Comic Creators Get the Band Together to Form Circle Pit Press

Fulfilling a burning need to work with like-minded people who would rather elevate their friends than step on their peers to get ahead, a group of comic creators springing from the world of punk rock and heavy metal have formed Circle Pit Press, a DIY comic book creator collective.

The initial slate of creators includes Matt Miner (GWAR: Orgasmageddon, Poser, Liberator), Kelly Williams (WWE, The Dark, Metaphase), Marie Enger (Adventure Time, Fhtagn & Loathing), Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (We(l)come Back, Critical Hit, Running Blood), Ray Nadine (Messenger, Dollhouse), and JB Roe, who has done work for Image Comics, Black Mask Studios, and more.

The primary purpose of Circle Pit Press will be for the mutual elevation of CPP creators’ projects, regardless of publisher. While Circle Pit Press is not a traditional publisher, creators involved can choose to publish under the CPP banner and original Circle Pit Press comics are in production now.

Circle Pit Press believes in positive and progressive values, and vehemently rejects racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia in all forms.

Up the punx!

Alterna Launches a Printing Partnership Program

Printing comics can be expensive for small runs an indie creators. Some band together to help lower costs but still, for many, print is out of reach.

Alterna Comics is a small press publisher who has found success going a bit retro, printing comics on classic newsprint helping bring the cost of the comics down.

The publisher has opened up a printing partnership program lowering the barrier for creators to get print copies of their comics. Minimum runs start at 500 issues for a 32 page full-color comic which is 50 cents per issue, plus shipping, plus a flat prepress charge of $50. With an estimated of shipping at $20 per box via UPS in the United States, that’d come out to be about $0.80 an issue for a 32 page full-color comic. The higher the print run, the cheaper the per unit cost. 1,500 full-color 32 page comics would run about $0.59 per issue.

The industry is wide open for a disruption to the printing process and it looks like Alterna sees the opportunity. Could this be an alternative for indie creators? Will Amazon’s print on demand fill the gap?

Alterna’s program is set to launch at the end of August and you can find more information at their website.

Andrew Gaska Joins Lion Forge as the Senior Development Editor

Lion Forge expands in original content development for both publishing and entertainment with the announcement that franchise continuity and development veteran Andrew E.C. Gaska has joined the company as senior development editor.

Gaska has worked behind the scene with the company over the past year contributing to and creating several bibles for projects in development at Lion Forge. In this newly created position, Gaska will be responsible for the creation and development of new intellectual properties at Lion Forge. He’ll work with the creative teams and studios involved to ensure the vision isn’t lost in translation. Gaska will also bring his background to the company working with the licensing team as well as help bring historical and educational projects to life as graphic novels.

With two decades of experience in the comics and video game industries, author Andrew E.C. Gaska is the senior development editor at Lion Forge LLC. Having previously freelanced for Lion Forge’s Labs division as a script, pitch, and proposal writer, he now generates original IP for the brand, developing both comics and animation projects while working closely with creative teams to guide their vision to fruition.

He is founder/creative director of the guerrilla integrated media studio BLAM! Ventures and has worked as a freelance franchise consultant to 20th Century Fox for the past three years, writing series reference bibles, maintaining continuity, streamlining in-universe canon, and creating detailed timelines for the legacy franchises of Alien, Predator, and Planet of the Apes. Andrew was a production assistant and colorist for Vanguard Productions, where he restored valuable comic and genre artworks for archival reproduction. He was also a sequential storytelling instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and he served as a visual consultant to Rockstar Games for seventeen years on the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Revolver, and all other releases.

His graphic novels and prose works include Critical Millennium: The Dark FrontierSpace: 1999—Aftershock and AweClassic Space: 1999—To Everything That WasHAWKEN: Melee,Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Draconian Fire SagaConspiracy of the Planet of the ApesPlanet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, and the upcoming novel Death of the Planet of the Apes.

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