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Spider-Man: Homecoming Gets a Trailer for its Trailer

Tomorrow, Spider-Man comes home. Tune into Jimmy Kimmel Live for a first look at the full trailer.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out July 7, 2017.

Suicide Squad Gets an Honest Trailer

Gear up with the movie we all thought would put the DC Extended Universe back on track, but instead gave us….. a pop-soundtracked mess? Suicide Squad gets an Honest Trailer from the Screen Junkies!

Transformers: The Last Knight – Teaser Trailer

Watch the new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight. Transformers is coming to theaters June 23, 2017!

Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is wrapping up and we’ve seen an interesting year when it comes to comic book films. For months debates have raged as to who is more successful, Marvel or DC, which movies were successes, and which were flops. The answers aren’t so simple and black and white, which is why I like to turn to data to give actual rankings as to who were winners and losers.

So far this year, seven films have been released based on comic books (counting Batman: The Killing Joke). This feature will be weekly until the end of the year, as some films are still in the box-office and there’s till more to come.

Of note:

  • Suicide Squad now stands at $745.6 million. There was no new dollars in over the past three weeks, so looks like that’s the end of it’s run. The film is $2.2 million short of X-Men: Days of Future Past and currently the fifteenth top-grossing comic film of all time.
  • Doctor Strange currently sits at just under $635 million. The film passed Iron Man 2 in worldwide totals and is $10 million short of Thor: The Dark World worldwide, but it passed that film’s domestic total. The film will likely wind up seventh when it comes to worldwide totals for Marvel films when its run ends.
  • Officer Downe almost doubled its earnings, from $470 to $850! When it comes to the below stats, the film is being treated like Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is mostly a video on demand release, so it likely won’t see a wide release.
  • The Chair is currently not included in these stats. While the film is based on a comic, its release was done so through a service where receipts aren’t tracked in traditional ways.
  • DC’s films average $315.5 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $301.3 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $475.4 million and DC earns $446.8 million.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers. Numbers are presented with and without The Killing Joke and Officer Downe which did not have an international run or wide release, so was not included in that average to start:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.883 billion ($1.879 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total International Gross: $3.1 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.983 billion ($4.979 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.215 billion ($1.211 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total “Profit”: $3.769 billion ($3.768 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Average Domestic Gross: $268.5 million ($208.2 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average International Gross: $442.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $711.3 million ($553.7 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Budget: $151.8 million ($173 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Profit: $538.3 million ($471.1 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Now that we have those numbers down we can get a better idea as to how films have actually done this year. Below are various rankings of where films stand so far and if the films are above average (green) or below average (red):

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Moana Repeats in First Place During a Slow Movie Weekend

moana-posterIt was a slow post-Thanksgiving weekend and Moana repeated in first place without much as far as new competition. The film earned $28.4 million in its second week. So far the film has grossed $119.9 million domestically after two weeks and $177.4 million worldwide.

In second place was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which was second place again. The film added $18.6 million to its domestic total which is at $183.5 million. Worldwide the film is at $607.9 million and with a $180 million budget, that’s pretty solid. Still, it lags far behind other Harry Potter films and has a way to go even without adjusting those films for inflation.

To round out the top five, Arrival improved over last week moving from fifth to third and adding $7.3 million to its domestic total. The film added a bunch of theaters which helps explain the improvement. That and positive word of mouth is helping drive the film. Allied remained in fourth with $7.1 million. The film is a slow burn and its doubtful it’ll make back its $85 million budget. Finally, Doctor Strange caps it off with $6.5 million and dropping from third to fifth. The film sits at $215.3 million domestically and $634.9 million worldwide. We’ll have more in an hour going over the film and other comic films of the year.

There was much as far as new films. Incarnate opened in ninth with just $2.7 million. Believe was #17 with $602,519, Jackie opened in five theaters and earned $275,000, the best per theater average, and finally Things to Come was #33 with $33,090 from 3 theaters.

This coming weekend sees Office Christmas Party, Miss Sloane, and La La Land open.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Trailer

It’s showtime. Watch the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teaser trailer. Obviously. In theaters May 2017.

Director Josh Boone Presents Dani Moonstar Standing with Standing Rock

For those unaware, there’s currently a standoff between protestors and the continuation of the Dakota Access Pipeline which would threaten the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 300 federally recognized Native American tribes and thousands of protestors are in the middle of a stand-off to divert construction, a protest that began in April 2016.

Support for the protestors has been wide ranging with members of the live action Justice League and Avengers speaking out in support.

Now, writer/director Josh Boone has posted some beautiful art on Instagram featuring New Mutant Dani Moonstar. Boone is writing and directing the upcoming live action film, X-Men: The New Mutants, starring the classic Marvel comic characters.

Moonstar, who has gone by Psyche and Mirage, is a member of the Mutant superhero team the New Mutants, and was created in 1982 by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod. The character is one of the highest profile Native American (specifically Cheyenne) characters in comics.

Check out the image below and say #NoDAPL.

#standwithstandingrock #danimoonstar #newmutants

A photo posted by Josh Boone (@joshboonemovies) on

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Helped produce X-Men, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and more.

trumpOur first reality television President sure seems to be tapping into his Hollywood connections when it comes to asking opinions on what he should do as well as his nominees for different roles. It is being reported that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury secretary. You might be asking why we’re reporting on this, but Mnuchin is more than a former partner at Goldman Sachs, his career is actually relevant to this site!

Founded in 2006 Dune Entertainment was a movie financing company started by Mnuchin. The company helped co-finance 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Fox 2000 Films such as X-Men: The Last Stand (which was a co-production with Marvel Entertainment and The Donners’ Company), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (a co-production with Marvel Studios, Constantin Film and 1492 Pictures), Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Seed), Avatar, Predators, X-Men: First Class (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Bad Hat Harry), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, and dozens of more films.

Marvel is mentioned because Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter is buddy buddy with Trump.

RatPac Entertainment (aka RatPac-Dune Entertainment) was a movie production and financing company formed in a merger by producer-director Brett Ratner, James Packer, and Dune Entertainment’s Mnuchin after a collapse in a negotiation between Dune and 20th Century Fox. That company then closed a deal with Warner Bros. to become their key co-financing partner replacing Legendary Pictures.

That new venture helped produce such films as Gravity, The Lego Movie, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (co-production with DC Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films and Atlas Entertainment), The Legend of Tarzan (co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Dark Horse Entertainment), Suicide Squad (co-production with DC Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment), The Lego Batman Movie (co-production with Warner Animation Group and DC Entertainment), Wonder Woman (co-production with DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), Justice League (co-production with DC Films, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Flash (co-production with DC Films), Aquaman (o-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Lego Movie Sequel, Shazam (co-production with DC Films and New Line Cinema), Cyborg (co-production with DC Films), Green Lantern Corps (co-production with DC Films), and the Justice League sequel (co-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films).

There’s also the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie… so, yeah. He even acted in Rules Don’t Apply where he was a “Merrill Lynch Executive.”

Mnuchin has worked with Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, on some of the major comic films of the last decade and next five years. The guy even has an IMDB page.

So, when you nerd rage over how much upcoming geek films suck, you can turn your venom towards our possible next Treasury secretary.

Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is wrapping up and we’ve seen an interesting year when it comes to comic book films. For months debates have raged as to who is more successful, Marvel or DC, which movies were successes, and which were flops. The answers aren’t so simple and black and white, which is why I like to turn to data to give actual rankings as to who were winners and losers.

So far this year, seven films have been released based on comic books (counting Batman: The Killing Joke). This feature will be weekly until the end of the year, as some films are still in the box-office and there’s till more to come.

Of note:

  • Suicide Squad now stands at $745.6 million. There was no new dollars in over the past two weeks, so looks like that’s the end of it’s run. The film is $2.2 million short of X-Men: Days of Future Past and currently the fifteenth top-grossing comic film of all time.
  • Doctor Strange currently sits at just under $616 million. The film is about $8 million behind Iron Man 2 when it comes to worldwide totals. It’s also about $1 million behind Thor: The Dark World when it comes to domestic totals. It should pass both this week.
  • Officer Downe is being added to the mix, sort of. The film based on an Image Comics series opened but it was just 2 theaters… and it earned $470. So, I’m going to treat it like Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is mostly a video on demand release, so it likely won’t see a wide release.
  • The Chair is currently not included in these stats. While the film is based on a comic, its release was done so through a service where receipts aren’t tracked in traditional ways.
  • DC’s films average $315.5 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $300.5 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $474.7 million and DC earns $446.8 million.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers. Numbers are presented with and without The Killing Joke and Officer Downe which did not have an international run or wide release, so was not included in that average to start:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.873 billion ($1.869 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total International Gross: $3.091 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.964 billion ($4.960 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.215 billion ($1.211 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total “Profit”: $3.750 billion ($3.749 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Average Domestic Gross: $267.0 million ($208.1 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average International Gross: $441.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $708.6 million ($551.6 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Budget: $151.8 million ($173 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Profit: $535.6 million ($468.7 million without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Now that we have those numbers down we can get a better idea as to how films have actually done this year. Below are various rankings of where films stand so far and if the films are above average (green) or below average (red):

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Moana Rules with $81.1 million Holiday Opening

moana-posterIt was a bit of a mixed weekend as Moana opened in first place. The film earned an estimated $55.5 million over the weekend and an estimated $81.1 million over five days. That’s the second largest Thanksgiving debut. Disney’s Frozen holds the top spot. It bests Toy Story 2 which earned $80.1 million. The film also opened in a few international territories earning an estimated $16.3 million. So far the film has earned $97.4 million.

The audience for Moana was mostly female with 55%, 34% age 12 or under, 43% age 25 and older, and 72% of it made up of families. Audiences gave the film an “A” CinemaScore so it should do well over the next few weeks.

In second place was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film earned an estimated $45.1 million to bring its domestic total to $156.2 million. The film also earned $132 million internationally. The film now stands at $473.7 million.

In third place was Doctor Strange which brought in $13.4 million to bring its domestic total to $205.1 million. The film has passed the domestic run of Thor, Ant-Man, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Incredible Hulk. It’ll pass Thor: The Dark World this week. The film is currently ninth in domestic and international earnings for 2016 and it still has yet to open in Japan which won’t happen until January 2017. We’ll have more insight in an hour.

New film Allied opened in fourth with an estimated $13 million. That’s around the expectations for the film, but it was expected to do about $20 million over the five days and it only did $18 million. In other new films,

In other new films, Bad Santa 2 earned $6.1 million over three days and $9 million over five days. With a budget of just $26 million that’s not horrible, but this franchise is most likely dead after this, barring some Christmas miracle.

Opening in twelfth was Rules Don’t Apply with an estimated $1.6 million for three days and $2.2 million for five days. That’s the worst three-day result for 2016 with just $661 per theater and the sixth worst of all-time with films debuting in over 2,000 theaters.

In other comic films, Officer Downe was released on demand and in a very limited theatrical release. In theaters the film has earned $470 in the two that it has been released in.

Next weekend new horror film Incarnate opens and Oscar hopeful Jackie begins to roll out.

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