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Captain Marvel Continues to Dominate as 2018’s Comic Adaptations Wind Down

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.695 billion domestically, $4.552 billion internationally, $7.247 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.035 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Captain Marvel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other comic films…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gunn shared the below Tweet in response:

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

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

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

It’s Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Brand New Trailer

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It’ll take the unlikely unification of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell to overcome combined villainous forces afoot in Gotham City in the all-new, feature-length animated thriller, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and DC, the film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 14, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 4, 2019.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP), as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

The all-star cast is led by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo.

Other key members of the voice cast include Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time, Futurama) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul, Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as Baxter Stockman & Two-Face, Brian George (Seinfeld) as Alfred, Ben Giroux (Hart of Dixie) as Robin, Andrew Kishino (The Lion Guard) as Shredder, and Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation) as Commissioner Gordon & Scarecrow.

Jake Castorena (The Death of Superman) directs Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from a script by Marly Halpern-Graser (Mad, Batman Unlimited, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo). The film is inspired by the comic book series “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II (published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing) and is based on characters from DC and Nickelodeon. Ben Jones (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is producer. Executive producers are Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Sam Register and Chris Viscardi are executive producers.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Enhanced Content

Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide (Featurette)– Super hero crossovers have inspired some of the most unique comics of all time. Explore the concept of the crossover, and see the creativity that ensues when the worlds of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet.

Fight Night in Gotham (Featurette) – DC animated movies have continued to push the realism of hand-to-hand combat on-screen. Take an exciting look at both Batman’s and the Ninja Turtles’ fighting styles, and how the creators make it feel like you’re in the fight!

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Batman: Hush – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 14, 2019.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On May 14, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On June 4, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Fandango Launches Early Access Screenings For Shazam!

Fandango is teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures to offer exclusive advance screenings on March 23 of Shazam!, the newest DC Super Hero to hit the big screen and one of the most highly anticipated movies of the season. Tickets for this limited engagement go on sale today, exclusively for Fandango.

Nearly two weeks before the film’s April 5 release date, fans and members of Fandango VIP, Fandango’s free-to-join rewards program, can get a first look at the film in screenings taking place at approximately 1,200 select theaters and 40 exhibition circuits nationwide. 

For every movie ticket purchased on Fandango, Fandango VIP members also receive 125 Points. Once members reach 500 Points, they will receive a five-dollar reward redeemable for more movies – either for future movie-ticket purchases or for digital-movie purchases and rentals on FandangoNOW. In addition to earning points on Fandango, Fandango VIP members can also link their other theater rewards cards, including AMC Stubs, Cinemark Connections, Regal Crown Club and others, for even more benefits.

Tickets for the film’s April 5 wide release also go on sale on Fandango today, March 13.

Shazam

Captain Marvel Movie: Skrulls are People Too. Listen to the Podcast on Demand.

Captain Marvel merits a conversation that can celebrate it’s feminism and anti-Imperialist themes while criticizing its Air Force propaganda packaging. Queer subtext? 90s throwbacks? We’ve got you covered:

  • Chelsea Manning is Captain Marvel!
  • How we’re shapeshifters (Elana’s essay about feeling like a Skrull for Wired.com )
  • Monica is the hero
  • “Top Gun is why I almost enlisted, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is why I didn’t”
  • The meaning of Nick Fury’s Eye
  • Carol and Maria holding the “gayz”

FeliciaPerez is the Innovation Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy. She previously worked at the United Workers Congress, ACLU of Southern California & was a high school social studies for twelve years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was also an active union leader and chapter chair for United Teachers of Los Angeles.

Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate. When she’s not reading comics for work, she’s reading comics for fun, drawing comics, dressing up as comic book characters, or watching comic adaptations on television. Tea is at @TeaberryBlue on everything.

Captain Marvel Dominates the Weekend Delivering the First Hit of the Year

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.

2018 is a record setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.694 billion domestically, $4.551 billion internationally, $7.245 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.033 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other comic films….

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

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

Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster Join Mouse Guard

Mouse Guard

Fox‘s adaptation of Mouse Guard has found its leads in Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The film is being directed by Wes Ball.

Mouse Guard is based on the graphic novels by David Petersen and set in a medieval world where mice are warriors that protect the realm. Think a fantasy story with mice as the knights and foxes, eagles, other rodents as the enemies. The comic series published by BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia as won two Eisner awards.

The movie will be motion capture and is expected to begin production in May.

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