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Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Justice League Debuts While Thor Crosses $700 Million

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Justice League failed to top $100 million domestically in its opening three day weekend earning an estimated $93.8 million. The film won the weekend but fell short of expectations which saw it earning between $100 and $110 million. The film earned $13 million on Thursday previews which was $2 million more than Wonder Woman. That film earned $103.2 million. It’s the lowest opening for any of the DC Extended Universe films so far.

But, things weren’t all bad as the film also brought in $185.5 million from 65 foreign markets to bring its worldwide total to $278.8 million. The film had the second largest opening ever for a Warner Bros. film in China and it has yet to open in Japan. That happens on November 23. With a reported budget of $300 million, the film will need to earn about $600 million to break even.

Reviews of the film were mixed with a B+ CinemaScore. The audience was 58% male and 69% over the age of 25. We predict the film will earn between $200 and $250 million domestically with $500-$600 at foreign markets to be around $750 million total, a number that’s nothing to sneeze at.

This coming week sees the release of Coco which will likely bump Justice Leaguefrom the top of the box office and add to a narrative of its failure.

Thor: Ragnarok came in third for the weekend and brought in an additional $21.8 million domestically to bring that total to $247.4 million. It also added an estimated $24.1 million internationally to bring that total to $490.7 million and the worldwide total over $700 million. Worldwide the film has earned $738.1 million so far. The movie pass Logan and currently is at #19 in the all time comic earnings. It has also shot pass Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange, Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, and the original Thor. It will likely surpass Suicide Squad, X-Men Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man, and maybe Guardians of the Galaxy this week.

My Friend Dahmer expanded in theaters and increased its earnings 2x. The film how stands at $485,675. Blade of the Immortal didn’t do all that much domestically with its total only standing at $110,615, a $12,000 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down and right now is fighting to pass the $400 million mark. It stands at $393.3 million

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. Things have shifted a lot due to the debut of Justice League. On average DC films earn $291 million domestically while Marvel earns $309.6 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $483.8 million and DC lags behind with $387 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. We’ll wait and see about My Friend Dahmer and Justice LeagueMarvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

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: $2.162 billion
Total International Gross: $3.444 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.606 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $3.928 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $135.1 million
Average International Gross: $246 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $350.4 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $222.1 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.

Justice League Falls Short with $278.8 Million Opening

Justice League failed to top $100 million domestically in its opening three day weekend earning an estimated $93.8 million. The film won the weekend but fell short of expectations which saw it earning between $100 and $110 million. The film earned $13 million on Thursday previews which was $2 million more than Wonder Woman. That film earned $103.2 million. It’s the lowest opening for any of the DC Extended Universe films so far.

But, things weren’t all bad as the film also brought in $185.5 million from 65 foreign markets to bring its worldwide total to $278.8 million. The film had the second largest opening ever for a Warner Bros. film in China and it has yet to open in Japan. That happens on November 23. With a reported budget of $300 million, the film will need to earn about $600 million to break even.

Reviews of the film were mixed with a B+ CinemaScore. The audience was 58% male and 69% over the age of 25. We predict the film will earn between $200 and $250 million domestically with $500-$600 at foreign markets to be around $750 million total, a number that’s nothing to sneeze at.

This coming week sees the release of Coco which will likely bump Justice League from the top of the box office and add to a narrative of its failure.

In second place was another new film doing some counter programming. Wonder earned an estimated $27.1 million. That beats expectations and the film earned an A+ CinemaScore.

In third place was Thor: Ragnarok which brought in an additional $21.8 million domestically to bring that total to $247.4 million. It also added an estimated $24.1 million internationally to bring that total to $490.7 million and the worldwide total over $700 million. Worldwide the film has earned $738.1 million so far.

Daddy’s Home 2 dropped from second to fourth with $14.8 million to bring its total domestically to $50.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was Murder on the Orient Express which earned an estimated $13.8 million to bring its domestic total to $51.7 million in its second week.

When it comes to other comic adaptation at the theater….

Kingsman: The Golden Circle came in at #19 improving from #24. It earned an estimated $175,000 to bring its domestic total to $99.7 million. Worldwide the film has earned $393.3 million which is about $21 million short of the original.

My Friend Dahmer saw success moving from #32 last week to #20 this week and earning an estimated $165,000 while it has expanded to 75 theaters. The film has brought in an estimated $485,675.

We’re back in an hour to further dive into this year’s comic adaptations.

C.B. Cebulski Takes Over for Axel Alonso as Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief

We had predicted an editorial shake-up at Marvel Entertainment and news dropped Friday it’s happening. C.B. Cebulski has been promoted to Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief effective November 17, 2017. Former Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has mutually parted ways with the company. The announcement was made by Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Entertainment.

Cebulski will oversee the editorial and creative aspects of Marvel’s comics. That includes overall editorial creative vision, shaping the larger story direction, and bringing in writers and artists. Cebulski will also be focused on expanding Marvel’s international publishing division.

He has worked on Runaways by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona, and Marvel Fairy Tales. He is also a renowned talent recruiter, helping to sign the industry’s top talent including Skottie Young, Adi Granov, Sara Pichelli, Phil Noto, Steve McNiven and Jonathan Hickman, among others.

In 2010 he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Creator & Content Development of Marvel Entertainment and been at the forefront of Marvel Entertainment’s global expansion, as both VP, International Development Brand Management and most recently VP, Marvel Brand Management and Development, Asia. Cebulski has worked on deals with Kodansha in Japan, webcomics platform Daum in Korea and content creator NetEase in China, bringing Marvel to Asian markets through localized stories and characters. Cebulski will be tasked with bringing his global perspective to his new role.  He will be working closely with comics partners like Panini, NetEase, Daum and Kodansha to expand the everyday Marvel Comics experience for fans across the world.

Cebulski is returning to New York after having moved to Shanghai due to his promotion in 2010.

Humanoids hires Fabrice Sapolsky as Senior Editor

Fabrice Sapolsky has joined Humanoids as Senior Editor. With 20+ years of experience in the publishing industry, Fabrice’s mission will span the current and upcoming Humanoids universe titles, including a soon-to-be announced imprint.

Fabrice Sapolsky brings his experience, expertise and palette of talents to the legendary publishing company. In France, he created Comic Box, the premier magazine about American comic books, as well as worked with many top European comic book publishers in various capacities. Fabrice is also a critically acclaimed comic book professional: he’s the co-creator of Spider-Man Noir for Marvel Comics, which he also co-wrote, in addition to having published two creator-owned comic book series, One-Hit Wonder (Image Comics) and Intertwined (Dynamite Entertainment). After moving from Paris to New York in 2015, he’s now made the move west, working out of Humanoids’ Los Angeles office, effective immediately.

DC Has Fired Eddie Berganza

DC Entertainment has fired editor Eddie Berganza after assault and harassment again was raised. Buzzfeed released a detailed article covering the multiple incidents by Berganza which included harassment and assault.

Numerous articles concerning the incidents have been written for years without ramifications or result until this weekend when it became more high profile.

Berganza joined DC Comics in the 1990s and the Buzzfeed report has incidents going back to the early 2000s with the most recent in 2012. During that time he was promoted and demoted and enabled to continue while women were punished in various ways.

DC has released a statement saying:

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza. We are committed to eradicating harassment and ensuring that all employees, as well as our freelance community, are aware of our policies, are comfortable reporting any concerns and feel supported by our Company.

Over the weekend Berganza was suspended pending an investigation with word of his termination being confirmed today after the rumor surfaced he was this Sunday.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Valiant Entertainment Names Danny Khazem as Editor

Valiant Entertainment has announced that Associate Editor Danny Khazem has been promoted to the position of Editor.

Since joining Valiant as Operations Coordinator in 2014, Khazem has steadily risen through the ranks as Assistant Editor and Associate Editor and contributed an array of acclaimed titles, including 4001 A.D. by writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain; Divinity II and Divinity III: Stalinverse by writer Matt Kindt and artist Trevor Hairsine; Wrath of the Eternal Warrior by writer Robert Venditti and artists Raul Allen and Patricia Martin; and Eisner Award-nominated runs on both Bloodshot Reborn by writer Jeff Lemire and artists Mico Suayan, Butch Guice, and Lewis LaRosa; and Faith by writer Jody Houser and artists Francis Portela, Pere Perez, Meghan Hetrick, and  Joe Eisma.

Khazem’s first title in his new role as Editor will be Quantum and Woody!, debuting on December 20th from writer Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Kano.

Khazem is just the latest addition to Valiant’s growing editorial stable, which, in addition to Simons, also includes Associate Editor Charlotte Greenbaum, and Assistant Editors Benjamin Peterson and David Menchel. He holds a B.A. from Stockton University.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Domestic Earnings Cross $2 Billion

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Thor: Ragnarok repeated at the top of the box office with an estimated $56.6 million over the weekend. The film also added $76 million to its international total as well.

The film has earned $211.6 million domestically, $438.5 million internationally, and $650.1 million worldwide. That domestic total in ten days is more than the first two films’ entire domestic run. It will easily pass Doctor Strange‘s $232 million which opened the same weekend last year. It has also passed the worldwide totals of the first two films.

My Friend Dahmer expanded in theaters and increased its earnings 6x. The film how stands at $243,207. Blade of the Immortal didn’t have as much domestically with its total only standing at $98,581.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has passed Superman Returns’ worldwide total.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $339.8 million domestically while Marvel earns $307.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $480.7 million and DC lags behind with $437.4 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market and it’ll be interesting to see how the new Thor and Justice League impact these totals.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. We’ll wait and see about My Friend Dahmer and Blade of the ImmortalMarvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

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: $2.030 billion
Total International Gross: $3.206 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.236 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.367 million
Total “Profit”: $3.859 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $135.3 million
Average International Gross: $246.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $349.0 million
Average Budget: $113.9 million
Average Profit: $235.1 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.

Thor: Ragnarok Repeats at the Top of the Box Office

It’s not surprising, but Thor: Ragnarok repeated at the top of the box office with an estimated $56.6 million over the weekend. The film also added $76 million to its international total as well.

The film has earned $211.6 million domestically, $438.5 million internationally, and $650.1 million worldwide. That domestic total in ten days is more than the first two films’ entire domestic run. It will easily pass Doctor Strange‘s $232 million which opened the same weekend last year. It has also passed the worldwide totals of the first two films.

In second place was Daddy’s Home 2 which earned $30 million off of a $69 million budget. That’s $8.7 million less than the original film when it debuted.

In third place was another new film, Murder on the Orient Express which brought in an estimated $28.2 million. That film has a $55 million budget. At the foreign box office the film has earned $57.2 million.

In fourth place was A Bad Moms Christmas which dropped from last weekend’s second place. It added an estimated $11.5 million to its domestic total to bring it to $39.9 million.

In fifth place was Jigsaw which dropped from third. It added $3.4 million to its total to bring it to $79.1 million worldwide on a $10 million budget.

In other comic movie numbers…

Kingsman: The Golden Circle earned $420,000 after 8 weeks to bring its worldwide total to $393.1 million.

My Friend Dahmer expanded its theater count and brought in $190,000 from 45 theaters. It has now brought in $243,207.

Blade of the Immortal decreased its theater count to bring in $18,000 to up its domestic total to $98,581.

We’ll be back in an hour to dive deeper into this year’s comic movie earnings.

Diamond Book Distributors Adds Seven Seas’ Ghost Imprint

Diamond Book Distributors has been named the exclusive worldwide distributor for Seven Seas Entertainment’s all-new imprint Ghost Ship.

The Ghost Ship imprint will specialize in mature manga titles in both print and digital manga. With the launch of the imprint, two new licenses were added to the slate of title publications from the publisher: Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs by Tadahiro Miura and World’s End Harem by LINK and Kotaro Shono.

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs

Homeless and haunted by ghosts, high schooler Kogarashi thinks his luck has finally turned when he finds Yuragi-sou–a cheap boarding house that was formerly a hot springs inn, now full of super sexy, scantily clad female tenants. If Kogarashi can use his spirit abilities to banish the ghost that haunts the inn, he can even live there rent-free! But when the ghost, a beautiful teenage girl named Yuuna, appears before him, Kogarashi takes pity on her and is suddenly not so sure about the exorcism. Will he help save Yuuna from becoming an evil spirit? And what supernatural secrets do the other boarders hold?

 

World’s End Harem

The Man-Killer Virus: a lethal disease that has eradicated 99.9% of the world’s male population. Mizuhara Reito has been in cryogenic sleep for the past five years, leaving behind Tachibana Erisa, the girl of his dreams. When Reito awakens from the deep freeze, he emerges into a sex-crazed new world where he himself is the planet’s most precious resource. Reito and four other male studs are given lives of luxury and one simple mission: repopulate the world by impregnating as many women as possible! All Reito wants, however, is to find his beloved Erisa who went missing three years ago. Can Reito resist temptation and find his one true love?

 

Seven Seas will launch its new Ghost Ship imprint for older readers with three titles already announced: To Love Ru Vol. 1-2 Omnibus (December 5, 2017), To Love Ru Darkness Vol. 1 (December 5, 2017), and Yokai Girls Vol. 1 (January 2, 2018).

Hasbro Makes a Takeover Offer for Mattel

Hasbro has made a takeover offer for their rival Mattel. The deal would bring the two biggest U.S. toy makers together.

The terms haven’t been revealed and the deal may go nowhere.

Hasbro has properties such as Star Wars, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, and Transformers as well as the Marvel toy license while Mattel has Monster High, Masters of the Universe, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, Barbie, and the DC Comics toy license.

When it comes to board games, Mattel has properties such as Uno, Apples to Apples, and Pictionary. Hasbro has games such as Monopoly, Battleship, Operation, and more.

 

Mattel hasn’t been doing well this year and has a market value of $5 billion while Hasbro’s stands at more than #11 billion. Mattel shares have fallen 47% this year while Hasbro has gained 18%.

(via The Wallstreet Journal)

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