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Martellus Bennett’s Imagination Agency & Joe Books Sign Distribution Agreement

The Imagination Agency, the children’s-focused multimedia agency founded by NFL star and Super Bowl Champion Martellus Bennett, announced today a co-publishing and book distribution deal with Joe Books, the leading independent publisher of graphic novels, comics and children’s books. Through the deal, Joe Books will begin immediate distribution of Bennett’s debut children’s book, Hey A.J., It’s Saturday, as well as the forthcoming sequel, Hey A.J., It’s Bedtime and the Imagination Agency’s debut graphic novel, Towel Boy.

Through the partnership, the Imagination Agency’s current and upcoming catalog will be available for purchase in bookstores and retailers across the U.S. and Canada. The Imagination Agency and Joe Books will also collaborate on a number of upcoming book projects. From its inception, Joe Books has created exciting and innovative books that kids love to read, featuring their favorite characters from the best entertainment properties in the world.

Founded by Bennett, Chief Director of Awesomeness, the Imagination Agency creates multimedia content designed to inspire kids to dream bigger and imagine more. Each Imagination Agency project aims to impart the value of creativity and imagination in the next generation.

Launched in June 2016, Hey A.J., It’s Saturday is the debut of the Imagination Agency’s cornerstone Hey A.J. series. Inspired by Bennett’s daughter, the Hey A.J. series tells the story of an imaginative girl who finds strange and exciting worlds using the power of her imagination. The highly anticipated Hey A.J., It’s Bedtime will share A.J.’s adventures when the lights go out and it’s time for bed.

In time for the 2017 NFL season, the Imagination Agency introduced its first comic book, Towel Boy. The quirky adventure comic follows Buzz, who will do anything to make the football team, even becoming the team towel boy. Towel Boy will be a four-issue series released over the course of the NFL season, with a special commemorative issue available for the Super Bowl.

Through the Imagination Agency, Bennett has also created the free Hey A.J., It’s Saturday interactive app, Skydiver McGuire, a 10-inch vinyl collectible figure based on his secret agent alter ego, and Zoovie, its first animated short film about an optimistic penguin on a mission to make blockbuster movies.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Spider-Man Now Challenges Guardians

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.

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to get a late boost in its run seeing a $36 million jump over the past week that has the film now just $2 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the top grossing comic film of 2017 so far. The film has seen almost 62% of its earnings come from the foreign box office continuing this year’s narrative that the foreign box office rules the year.

Wonder Woman continues to impress as it winds down its run. It’s still the highest earning domestic earner for a comic film this year so far.

Atomic Blonde is approaching $100 million and will be a moderate success.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a comeback and has finally crossed the threshold so that its worldwide total is greater than its budget. Still not good, but also not a disaster of Titanic proportion.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $339.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.3 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $436.8 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecomning, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. 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. Marvel’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:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.712 billion
Total International Gross: $2.443 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.155 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.083 million
Total “Profit”: $3.069 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $155.6 million
Average International Gross: $244.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $377.7 million
Average Budget: $108.3 million
Average Profit: $306.9 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.

It Repeats at #1 at the Weekend Box Office Setting a September Record

It has broken records in just eight days with a second weekend haul of $60 million for close to $220 million in ten days domestically. The cume of $218.7 million in ten days is the largest September release ever beating Crocodile Dundee‘s $174.8 million back in 1986. That’s not adjusted for inflation, which when happens, still puts the film in the top ten. It’s just $14.2 million shy of becoming the largest R-rated horror movie of all time.

The film also opened in ten more overseas markets for a total of 56. It grossed an estimated $60.3 million for an international total of $152.6 million bringing the global total to $370 million.

In second place was the new film American Assassin which brought in an estimated $14.8 million. That beat some forecasts and the film received a “B+” CinemaScore from an opening day audience that was 55% male and 45% female with 29% under the age of 35. The film also grossed an estimated $6.2 million internationally.

Darren Aronofsky’s mother! was the talk of the weekend in third place. The film received an “F” CinemaScore, one of only 19 films to ever receive that score. The movie earned an estimated $7.5 million from an audience that was 44% male and 56% female with 18% under the age of 25. Th efilm also earned $6 million internationally for what is a failure all around. Don’t expect this one to last in theaters long, but expect it to become a cult classic in its own way.

Fourth place was held by Home Again which added $5.3 million to its domestic total to bring that to $17.1 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Hitman’s Bodyguard which earned an estimated $3.6 million to its domestic total to bring it to $70.4 million.

When it comes to comic adaptations domestically….

Spider-Man: Homecoming slipped a couple of spots to come in at #9 adding $1.9 million to its total and bring its domestic gross to $330.3 million.

At #25 was Atomic Blonde which added $167,000 to its total to bring it to $51.3 million domestically.

Finally, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was #44 adding $28,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $389.8 million.

This coming weekend sees the opening of the next comic adaptation, Kingsman: The Golden Circle which will have stiff competition from The LEGO Ninjago Movie. We’ll have a deeper dive into this year’s comic adaptations in an hour.

Titan Comics Announces New Imprint – Statix Press!

From Michael Moorcock’s Elric, and Enki Bilal’s The Nikopol Trilogy, to Snowpiercer and The Death of Stalin, which inspired major movies, Titan Comics has led the way in high quality, innovative translated editions aimed at a US audience.

Now Titan Comics is proud to announce a brand-new international imprint: Statix Press! This exciting new line will showcase the best comics from Europe and around the globe.

With the new Statix Press line, Titan will continue their rich history of publishing English language versions of classic material such as Philippe Druillet’s Lone Sloane, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’ Showman Killer, while introducing audiences to fresh new creators and titles from the best international creators.

The first titles kicking-off the new Statix Press line are: Doctor RadarThe Beautiful DeathHercules: Wrath of the Heavens, and Under: Scourge of the Sewer.

Hitting stores November 22, 2017Doctor Radar is set in Paris during the roaring 1920’s, and sees a gentleman detective investigate a series of horrific deaths, all the while playing a deadly game with a mysterious criminal mastermind known only as Doctor Radar! Written by Noël Simsolo with art by BézíanDoctor Radar Issue #1 comes with a stunning cover by superstar artist Francesco Francavilla.

The Beautiful Death, a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age mini-series, written and illustrated by Mathieu Bablet, asks the question – what does resistance mean when there’s nothing left to fight for? That’s what Wayne, Jeremiah, and Soham, the only survivors of a devastating alien invasion, struggle with – seeking a future that justifies their presence on a ruined world. Issue #1 arrives September 2017 and debuts with a special cover by iconic comic book creator Brandon Graham!

A bold new take of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens by JDMorvan and Looky is a stunningly illustrated science fiction re-telling of the legend of Hercules, which debuted in August 2017. As war rages across the galactic frontier, Hercules – half-human, half-god super-soldier – faces his greatest enemy – his own demons – in a bid for truth and redemption. Issue #2 is due to hit comic stores in mid-September.

Then, on December 13, 2017 classic B-movie horror comes to comic book stores with Under: Scourge of the Sewer! In this new series, written by Christophe Bec with art by Stefano Raffaele and a cover by James Stokoe, some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the filth flows into the sewers. Disgraced Lt. Wilson Jericho will soon discover something monstrous will be crawling out of the sewers to rip the city apart!

Statix Press will also showcase Titan’s vast back catalogue of translated comics from a variety of genres including superhero with The Chimera Brigade and Masked plus fantasy/science-fiction with Khaal, and World War X, alongside the dark comedy series Norman!

Retailers can order Doctor Radar from the current Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue, and Under: Scourge of the Sewers from the upcoming October Diamond PREVIEWS catalog.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Homecoming Gets a Big Swing

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.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the big news this week with its China debut. The film saw a massive boost that has it going from a debatable success to an actual one. The movie is now $30 million above Spider-Man film averages after getting an influx of $70.8 million from China.

Wonder Woman continues to impress and is now the fifth highest grossing superhero film domestically.

Atomic Blonde is approaching $100 million and will be a moderate success.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a comeback and has finally crossed the threshold so that its worldwide total is greater than its budget. Still not good, but also not a disaster of Titanic proportion.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $339.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.3 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $436.6 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecomning, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, 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. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $1.709 billion
Total International Gross: $2.398 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.107 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.083 million
Total “Profit”: $3.021 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $155.4 million
Average International Gross: $239.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $373.4 million
Average Budget: $108.3 million
Average Profit: $302.1 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.

It Floats to the Top With Record-Breaking $123 Million Opening

It had a monster of an opening with a record-setting opening that may have given some life to a anemic domestic box office.

The film had the largest September opening, largest Fall opening, largest opening for an R-rated horror film, and largest opening weekend for a horror film of any MPAA rating. The film accounted for 75% of the combined gross for the top twelve of the weekend.

On top of its $123 domestic earning, It brought in an estimated $62 million form 46 markets for a $185 million total in its first weekend.

In second place was another new film, Home Again, which earned an estimated $9 million.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was finally bumped from first place winding up in third with an estimated $4.9 million to its total.

In fourth place was Annabelle: Creation which brought in an estimated $4 million domestically.

Finally, rounding out the top five was Wind River which earned $3.2 million domestically.

When it comes to comic movie adaptations….

Spider-Man: Homecoming held steady at #7 adding $2 million to its domestic total. The film opened in China with an estimated $70.8 million.

Wonder Woman added $662,000 to its domestic total and is now the fifth biggest superhero release of all-time.

Atomic Blonde remained at #26 adding $274,000 to its domestic total.

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

Atlas Comics Returns to Chicago September 30th

Atlas Comics, a fixture of the Chicago-area pop culture retail community for 25 years will return to a new retail space at 5251 N. Harlem Avenue in Chicago, just miles from their old location. The store lost the lease to its suburban Norridge store in 2013 and migrated to online and subscription-only business. After a four year hiatus, Atlas will have its Grand Re-opening from 12:00 – 6:00pm on Saturday, September 30th.

According to Atlas owner John Stangeland, the store will be a little different than it once was. “We were always known as the place for vintage back issues,” he said. “And we’ll still have a deep inventory of classic comics. But the industry is changing, and Atlas needs to do the same thing. That means providing a larger selection of graphic novels in a variety of genres from all over the world, and casting a wider net over the pop-culture landscape. And it means more toys and gaming, too.” In addition, Stangeland promised that the general ambiance of the shop will be upgraded. “I think there will be a little less Tchiakovsky and a little more Ramones,” he said. “The customers have been punished enough.”
Asked why he decided to return now, Stangeland was enthusiastic. “It’s just the right time. I was a little burned out before,” he said, “but I got the itch back. The recent movies have been great, lots of interesting new creators, new publishers – it’s a very exciting time. I want to be in the thick of it again.”

Opening day will feature free comics and giveaways, a sale including thousands of comics priced $1 or less, discounts on vintage back issues, supplies, toys, games and memorabilia, and around the clock music, movies and cartoons. There will also be food (catered), drink (lots of it) and conversation (cheap).

For more information on opening day and store hours visit their Facebook page or website or call 708 453-2110.

Diamond Announces the Top Products for August 2017. Batman and Dark Nights Rule a Top Ten Composed of 5 Comic Titles

Diamond Comic Distributors has released August’s sales results and it was a mixed month for comic publishers as DC Comics has taken the top three spots for individuals comics led by Batman and their summer/fall event, Dark Nights!

The industry rebounded a little compared to the previous month seeing increases across the board. Comics, graphic novels, and toys all saw gains over the month with double digital gains for comics/graphic novels and toys seeing a massive increase in dollars. Compared to August 2016, August 2017 was down almost 26% in both dollars and units. August 2016 was driven by DC’s “Rebirth” when the top 11 comics all saw six figure printings. Graphic novels were down too and toys also saw a dip comparatively.

When it comes to year to date, comics, graphic novels, and toys are down across the board, but then again we’re comparing apples to oranges with the lack of the “Rebirth” launch driving the market.

Marvel Comics was August’s top publisher with a 35.01% dollar share (down 1.88 from the previous month) and a 39.52% unit share (down 0.01). DC Entertainment was second in August with a 28.18% dollar share (up 1.24) and a 31.09% unit share (down 0.06). In third was Image Comics with a 10.06% dollar share (down 1.41) and a 9.23% unit share (down 0.50). In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 4.81% dollar share (up 0.98) and a 3.69% unit share, (up 0.43) followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 3.16% dollar share (down 0.24) and a 2.18% unit share (down 0.37).

DC Entertainment had three titles among the top ten, taking the top three spots. Marvel Comics had seven titles in the top ten, led by Secret Empire which had three spots, “Generations” issues took two, and Star Wars took two. That means in the top ten there were just 5 different comic titles.

The Walking Dead #170 was Image Comics’ top book for August at #11. P. Craig Russell and Bo Hampton’s Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #6 was Dark Horse Comics’ top book #105. Finally, IDW Publishing’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 was their top book at #158.

When it comes to graphic novels and trade paperbacks, Image Comics took the top spot with the third volume of Paper Girls. In total, Image had five titles in the top ten. DC Entertainment had three titles in the top ten. Marvel Comics had two titles among the top ten.

Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors, a new prose anthology featuring stories of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and published by Dark Horse Comics, was August’s best-selling book.  Also charting for Dark Horse in August, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Big Bads and Monsters Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.  IDW Publishing’s Cinegeek ranked #3. BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book ranked #5. Gemstone Publishing’s The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 47 ranked #8 in its second month of release.

Based on the best-selling game for the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo Switch, Good Smile’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link Nendoroid DX was August’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had two products in the top ten: the Batman Black & White Statue by Norm Breyfogle at #2 and the DC Cover Girls: Zatanna Statue at #5. Diamond Select Toys had three products among the top ten: the Marvel Select: Lady Deadpool Action Figure at #4, the Marvel Premium Collection: Thanos Statue at #6, and the Marvel Gallery: Luke Cage (Netflix) PVC Figure at #10.

Thor and the gods of Asgard join WizKids/NECA’s HeroClix miniatures game with the Marvel HeroClix: The Mighty Thor Booster Brick, August’s best-selling gaming product. From the premier publishers, IDW Games’ Machi Koro Card Game ranked #6.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

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MARVEL COMICS 35.01% 39.52%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 28.18% 31.09%
IMAGE COMICS 10.06% 9.23%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.81% 3.69%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.16% 2.18%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.50% 3.58%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.19% 1.88%
TITAN COMICS 1.48% 1.25%
VIZ MEDIA 1.42% 0.52%
ONI PRESS INC. 1.28% 0.82%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 9.91% 6.23%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
AUGUST 2017 VS. JULY 2017
COMICS 9.56% 9.30%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 18.34% 20.46%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 12.16% 10.12%
TOYS 52.54% 32.90%
AUGUST 2017 VS. AUGUST 2016
COMICS -25.72% -25.91%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -6.89% -10.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -20.71% -24.84%
TOYS -33.47% -42.90%
YEAR-TO-DATE 2017 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2016
COMICS -9.94% -6.23%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.68% -12.77%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -10.47% -6.76%
TOYS -10.99% -16.38%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 106 40 1 147
DC ENTERTAINMENT 78 29 1 108
IMAGE COMICS 62 18 0 80
IDW PUBLISHING 56 22 0 78
DARK HORSE COMICS 20 16 0 36
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 30 6 0 36
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT 25 10 0 35
TITAN COMICS 20 13 1 34
VIZ MEDIA 0 26 0 26
ONI PRESS INC. 8 7 0 15
OTHER NON-TOP 10 119 182 32 333

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 $4.99 JUN170232-M DC
2 BATMAN #28 $2.99 JUN170252-M DC
3 BATMAN #29 $2.99 JUN170254-M DC
4 SECRET EMPIRE #10 $4.99 JUN170877-M MAR
5 GENERATIONS: ALL-NEW WOLVERINE/WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 JUN170857-M MAR
6 SECRET EMPIRE #8 $4.99 JUN170865-M MAR
7 SECRET EMPIRE #9 $4.99 JUN170871-M MAR
8 GENERATIONS: THE MIGHTY THOR/UNWORTHY THOR #1 $4.99 JUN170842-M MAR
9 STAR WARS #34 $3.99 JUN171015-M MAR
10 STAR WARS #35 $3.99 JUN171018-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 PAPER GIRLS VOLUME 3 TP $12.99 JUN170777 IMA
2 BATMAN VOLUME 3: I AM BANE TP $16.99 MAY170321 DC
3 GOD COUNTRY TP (MR) $16.99 MAY170624-M IMA
4 KILL OR BE KILLED VOLUME 2 TP (MR) $16.99 MAY170693-M IMA
5 WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 3: THE TRUTH TP $16.99 MAY170328 DC
6 X-MEN GOLD VOLUME 1: BACK TO BASICS TP $15.99 MAY170943 MAR
7 REBORN HC (MR) $24.99 FEB170703-M IMA
8 SUPERMAN VOLUME 3: MULTIPLICITY TP $16.99 MAY170327 DC
9 OLD GUARD BOOK 1: OPENING FIRE TP (MR) $16.99 JUN170687-M IMA
10 X-MEN BLUE VOLUME 1: STRANGEST TP $15.99 MAY170944 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 HELLBOY: AN ASSORTMENT OF HORRORS SC NOVEL $14.99 APR170061 DAR
2 BATMAN & ROBIN ADVENTURES: HARLEY QUINN’S CRAZY CREEPER CAPER TP $5.95 MAY172127 CAP
3 CINEGEEK HC $14.99 FEB170487 IDW
4 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: WELCOME TO SUPER HERO HIGH $4.99 MAY172134 RAN
5 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $16.99 JUN171326 BOO
6 DC SUPER PETS: KRYPTO ORIGIN OF SUPERMAN’S DOG $4.95 MAY172138 CAP
7 DC SUPER PETS: STREAKY ORIGIN OF SUPERGIRL’S CAT $4.95 MAY172139 CAP
8 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLME 47 SC $29.95 APR171765-M GEM
9 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: BIG BADS & MONSTERS ADULT COLORING BOOK TP $14.99 MAY170055 DAR
10 DC SUPER PETS: ACE ORIGIN OF BATMAN’S DOG $4.95 MAY172136 CAP

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD: LINK NENDOROID DX DEC168626 GOO
2 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY NORM BREYFOGLE FEB170345 DC
3 DRAGONBALL SUPER DRAGON STARS ACTION FIGURES DEC168377 BAN
4 MARVEL SELECT: LADY DEADPOOL ACTION FIGURE DEC162578 DST
5 DC COVER GIRLS: ZATANNA STATUE FEB170343 DC
6 MARVEL PREMIUM COLLECTION: THANOS STATUE DEC162576 DST
7 ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC COMICS: ARSENAL ACTION FIGURE AUG168742 MEZ
8 MEGA MAN X FULL ARMOR NENDOROID SEP168170 GOO
9 MARVEL NOW: CARNAGE ARTFX+ STATUE FEB172861 KOT
10 MARVEL GALLERY: LUKE CAGE NETFLIX PVC FIGURE JAN172647 DST

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 MARVEL HEROCLIX: THE MIGHTY THOR BOOSTER BRICK APR173304 NEC
2 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AMONKHET BOOSTER PACKS DEC168751 WIZ
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AETHER REVOLT BUNDLE PACK NOV162989 WIZ
4 MONOPOLY: STAR WARS 40TH-ANNIVERSARY EDITION FEB178728 HAS
5 STARFINDER RPG CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI
6 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
7 CHOCOBO PLAYING CARDS NOV168553 SQU
8 MARVEL HEROCLIX: THE MIGHTY THOR STARTER SET APR173305 NEC
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: COMMANDER 2017 JUN173402 WIZ
10 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: AMONKHET BUNDLE PACK DEC168752 WIZ

Wonder Woman Passes Guardians of the Galaxy When it Comes to “Profit”

We love our numbers here and while crunching this week’s numbers to see how 2017’s comic adaptations shape up, Wonder Woman unlocked another achievement. The film passed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the most “profitable” comic adaptation of 2017 so far.

Worldwide, Wonder Woman has earned $812.6 million on a reported $149 million budget. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has earned $863.1 million on a reported $200 million budget. That means Wonder Woman has a “profit of $663.6 million compared to Guardian‘s $663.1 million. Now, we don’t know the advertising budget for the film or other things like back end, so official numbers may differ, but the reported public data has Wonder Woman on top.

Still, when it comes to budget, Logan is king having a 6.35 multiplier compared to the second place Wonder Woman‘s 5.45.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Inhumans Debuts at IMAX.

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.

Marvel’s Inhumans debuted this past weekend earning $1.5 million domestically and $1.1 million internationally. This is a tough one to include, but I’m going to, as it’s a hybrid television show and movie produced by IMAX, Marvel, and ABC. It’ll be included in the totals for now even though there’s no budget to figure everything out. That may change in the future and be treated like other special releases from previous years.

The big news is that Wonder Woman continues to impress passing $400 million at the foreign box office. The movie is the top earning movie domestically for DC’s movie universe by a solid $78 million (and counting). The film however is third internationally behind both Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad and likely won’t pass either. It’s the second highest earning DC movie worldwide. Wonder Woman is also the top earning comic film domestically for the year so far.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is at $324.1 million domestically, and with its $422.1 million, the film has earned $746.2 million worldwide. The film has now passed Suicide Squad worldwide. While the film has done better than average domestically for a Spider-Man film it lags internationally.

Atomic Blonde is at $89.8 million worldwide. The film has a 2.99 multiplier which is not bad, especially for a rough year at the box office.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is at $863.1 million worldwide. It’ll settle around $864 million before it’s done in the next few weeks.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a comeback and stands at $172.8 million on a $177.2 million budget. The film is almost even with its budget which isn’t good, but it’s not the world class disaster it looked like, just a disaster.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $338.9 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.3 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $436.0 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue.

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

Total Domestic Gross: $1.703 billion
Total International Gross: $2.280 billion
Worldwide Gross: $3.982 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.083 million
Total “Profit”: $2.896 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $154.8 million
Average International Gross: $228.0 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $362.0 million
Average Budget: $108.3 million
Average Profit: $289.6 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

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