There’s a new way to stay Valiant while you stay home: Valiant Hero of the Week!
We want to offer some entertainment and escapism for Valiant fans during this challenging period. Every Monday for the next several weeks, Valiant will post a poll on Twitter that features four heroes, and the fans will determine who becomes the Valiant Hero of the Week! Once a hero is selected by the end of Monday, they will be celebrated throughout the week with:
Engaging social content encouraging fans to share their favorite art, covers, stories, and more
Free PDFs featuring the hero
Videos from Valiant staff saying why they love the hero and suggesting ways to celebrate
Valiant Hero of the Week kicks off on Monday (March 30th) and the first poll will feature Bloodshot, Punk Mambo, Quantum & Woody, and Ninjak. Who will you vote for?
It’s unknown when and if weekend box office results will be released. Major chains like AMC and Regal have shut down due to coronavirus leaving thousands of screens dark.
That has lead movie studios to shift their strategies either forgoing theatrical releases or crunching the time frame when movies are released for On Demand consumption early. It’s a massive shift in the industry and unknown if it’ll continue once the crisis has abated.
We’ll have an update when/if the weekend box office numbers are released but below is when you can watch some recent releases from the safety and comfort of your own home.
Emma Original Release Date: Feb. 21 On Demand Plans: Universal has made the Jane Austen adaptation available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.
The Hunt Original Release Date: March 13 OnDemand Plans: Universal has made the Betty Gilpin thriller available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.
The Invisible Man Original Release Date: Feb. 28 On Demand Plans: Universal has made the Elisabeth Moss thriller available as a 48-hour rental for $19.99 through numerous providers.
Onward Original Release Date: March 6 On Demand Plans: Disney has released Onward for digital download beginning this past Friday (March 20) via numerous providers; the Pixar film will begin streaming on Disney+ starting April 3.
The Gentlemen Original Release Date: Jan. 24 On Demand Plans: Guy Ritchie’s return to the crime thriller will arrive via digital download on Tuesday, March 24.
Birds of Prey Original Release Date: Feb. 7 On Demand Plans: Warner Bros. will make Margot Robbie’s R-rated superhero movie available for digital purchase beginning Tuesday, March 24; the film is expected to release for rental in early April. It’s unknown when it’ll arrive on the DCUniverse digital platform.
The Way Back Original Release Date: March 6 On Demand Plans: The Ben Affleck film is set to arrive via digital purchase download beginning Tuesday, March 24 courtesy of Warner Bros.
Sonic the Hedgehog Original Release Date: Feb. 14 On Demand Plans: Paramount announced on March 20 that the hit video game adaptation would arrive to digital platforms for purchase beginning March 31.
Bloodshot Original Release Date: March 13 On Demand Plans: Sony will release the Vin Diesel superhero movie onto digital platforms beginning Tuesday, March 24.
I Still Believe Original Release Date: March 13 On Demand Plans: The Christian rock biopic starring Riverdale’s KJ Apa is set to become available via digital download on Friday, March 27.
Trolls World Tour Original Release Date: April 10 On Demand Plans: The film will release on the same date but will do so digitally instead of in theaters.
The Lovebirds Original Release Date: April 3 On Demand Plans: The movie was pulled from theaters and has found a home at Netflix. A release date hasn’t been announced.
It was a rough weekend at the box office with the lowest earnings in two decades. The fears over the coronavirus kept audiences at home and theaters to close. Despite that, Sony‘s Bloodshot debuted beating expectations. Bloodshot is the latest comic based film, launching a potential new cinematic universe based on Valiant’s comics.
It opened with $9.3 million which actually beat expectations. The audience enjoyed it with a 78% on RottenTomatoes though critics gave it a 31% rating. The opening day audience gave it a “B” CinemaScore.
Internationally, the film opened in 50 markets and was #1 in over half of them. The film brought in $13 million overseas for an international total of $15.1 million. The film opened in Germany in November.
That opening is #154 on the comic film chart. With a budget of $45 million, the film will have a rough time making back its budget due to the current situation. Sony will have to get creative to salvage the situation. Expect an expedited digital release as one solution.
Birds of Preycontinues to fight for every dollar at the box office but it looks like the current situation will impact it as well.
The film dropped to #11 at the weekend box office from last week’s #8. Birds of Prey brought in an estimated $555,000 over the weekend and $1.5 million over the week. It has earned $84 million in its six weeks.
The film has also earned about $1.1 million internationally. That brings the number to $114.3 million. The film nears $200 million worldwide and has earned $198.4 million.
The film opens in Japan on March 20 though it’s unknown if the virus outbreak will change that.
My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising continues to bring in the dollars. The film added $600,000 to its domestic total and $12,000 to its international total. It’s earned $28.4 million worldwide so far.
Joker continues to wind down its run at the box office.
Over the past two weeks, the film earned about $100,000 internationally.
The movie’s $1.074 billion is an amazing haul for a movie whose budget was just $55 million. It caps off a record-setting year for films based on comics.
The movie is currently ranked #11 in worldwide total for a comic adaptation. It’s about $6.8 million from passing The Dark Knight Rises and will crack the top ten at that point. It’s unlikely to do so but you never know.
When it comes to DC films, it’s a most interesting one. The film is marching along and it’s possible it will pass Aquaman‘s domestic total by the time its domestic run is over:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Man of Steel
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Joker has been doing quite well in international earnings where Warner Bros. has had issues in the past. Aquaman indicates a shift for the company and lessons seem to be continued with Joker.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Man of Steel
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
The film is now one of the most profitable comic film adaptations of all time. With a reported budget of $55 million, the movie has a 19.53x return so far. That’s the highest factor for any movie based on a comic beating The Mask which was the previous leader with a 15.29x factor.
The film hasn’t earned the most compared to the budget, that record is held by Avengers: Endgame. Despite a $356 million budget, that movie earned a “profit” of $2.442 billion. Joker has cracked the top ten though having so far earned a “profit” of $1.019 billion.
In a head-scratcher, Warner Bros.’ The Kitchen, based of the DC Vertigo comic, saw a massive boost internationally. While the movie had just $3.8 million reported last week, the total is now $106 million. It’s possible the numbers just took a while to come in, which is not uncommon. That has shifted the film from being a complete disaster to about break even.
Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.
Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion Total International Gross: $5.066 billion Worldwide Gross: $7.434 billion Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion Total “Profit”: $6.146 billion
Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million Average International Gross: $506.6 million Average: Worldwide Gross: $743.4 million Average Budget: $128.9 million Average Profit: $614.6 million
Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. The bold numbers are above average while those below average are not.
It was a brutal weekend at the box office with only Onward breaking the $10 million mark, and it did just barely.
Ticket sales are lower than the post 9/11 attacks as theaters have closed and individuals are staying home to avoid the coronavirus. It’s unknown exactly how bad the weekend is but it is expected to be below the $59.7 million total from September 21, 2001 and may be below $54 million which was the total on January 14, 1998, the previous record low.
Onward, which was the previous weekend’s top film dropped over 73% earning an estimated $10.5 million. Internationally, the film earned $6.8 million from 47 markets. It’s now earned $101.7 million worldwide.
I Still Believe debuted in second place with an estimated $9.5 million. The film fell below expectations, which is understandable. It did earn an “A” CinemaScore and a 99% audience score on RottenTomatoes. The audience was 74% female and 73% were over the age of 25.
In third place was Sony’s Bloodshot, the newest comic cinematic universe to come to the screen. It opened with $9.3 million which actually beat expectations. The audience enjoyed it with a 78% on RottenTomatoes though critics gave it a 31% rating. The opening day audience gave it a “B” CinemaScore.
Internationally, the film opened in 50 markets and was #1 in over half of them. The film brought in $13 million overseas for an international total of $15.1 million.
The Invisible Man landed in third dipping 60% from the previous weekend. It earned $5.9 million in its third week of release. Internationally, it added $6.2 million. Worldwide its tally is $122.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was The Hunt which initially was delayed to the controversy of the film. It earned $5.3 million and received a “C+” CinemaScore and 65% audience score on RottenTomatores. Internationally it opened in four markets.
In comic related film news…
Birds of Prey dropped from last week’s #8 to #11 earning an estimated $555,000 to bring its domestic total to $84.1 million. With the current situation, the film is unlikely to cross the $100 million domestic mark by the time its run is over.
Things likely won’t get better for a while. A Quiet Place II was to open next weekend and projected a $60 million opening. That film is being moved to a different date. Mulan was to open on March 27 and that too is being moved. That film should have been a guaranteed hit and another win for Disney. There are no major films opening in the next few weeks and with the public urged to stay home, it may be until Marvel’s Black Widow in May before we see a turnaround.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive looking at 2019 and 2020’s comic adaptations.
Written by TIM SEELEY Art by BRETT BOOTH Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY Collecting BLOODSHOT (2019) #4–6 On sale MARCH 18 | 112 pages, full color | $9.99 US | T+ TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-350-5
From the first shot to the long shot…
Bloodshot faces off against the secret global task force known as Black Bar side by side with a coalition of former agents that call themselves the Burned. From a monster-filled bullet train through the heart of darkness to the homegrown terrors of Miami, high-speed thrills and blood-curdling chills lurk behind every turn in the year’s best new action series! Witness the Valiant supersoldier unleashed as New York Times bestselling writer Tim Seeley (Grayson) and comics icon Brett Booth (Titans) let loose a can’t-miss chapter of their pulse- pounding new series!
Want to know what inspired the Bloodshot film starring Vin Diesel? Bloodshot: Definitive Edition has you covered collecting issues #0-13!
Story: Duane Swierczynski, Matt Kindt Art: Manuel Garcia, Arturo Lozzi, Barry Kitson, Matthew Clark, Matt Ryan, Stefano Gaudiano, Mark Pennington, Clayton Crain, ChrisCross Color: Ian Hannin, Moose Baumann, Brian Reber, Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Rob Steen, Dave Sharpe
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Before you see Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot on the big screen… leap into the thrilling comics with “Burned” Part One, kicking off in Bloodshot #7!
What better way to release a comic featuring the first character to appear on the big screen than by having it start with a new jumping on point? A first issue, you could say, and you wouldn’t be wrong – but with the comic already having had seven issues released (including Bloodshot #0) it would have been a touch disingenuous to renumber the series with the story still ongoing. Nobody would ever do that. Certainly not.
If you are looking to check the character out ahead of the movie, or you’re reading this after having seen the Sony Pictures Bloodshot movie starring Vin Diesal, then you’ll be happy to know that Bloodshot #7 is fairly new reader friendly. Cleverly paced dialogue that flows without feeling like forced exposition tells you everything you need to know.
Bloodshot has been one fast-paced and frenetic issue after another. It has been a great ride for the last seven issues. I’ve certainly enjoyed the series for what it is; a popcorn comic that has a depth to it that’s revealed further with each issue. Tim Seeley gives you a little more of his plan with each release. There are moments in this issue that change or enhance your idea of the characterizations of some characters inbetween the action. It’s this balance that allows you to fly through the book while still feeling like you’ve read more than the twenty-odd pages.
Seeley is joined by artist Brett Booth, inker Adelso Corona, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe. All of whom combine for an aesthetic that appeals enormously to me. The style gives me a sense of nostalgia for the comic art I read growing up; it’s dynamic, clean and yet full of life and vibrancy.
If the above paragraph feels familiar to you it’s because I copied it from the review of the last issue. It was as true then as it is for this issue, and I didn’t feel like I should try and craftily rewrite the same thing when my feelings on the visuals haven’t changed. Personally, I love how this book looks. The lines are clean and it’s very easy to discern what’s happening on every page.
Bloodshot #7 isn’t the most original story. It won’t shake you to your core or have you asking yourself deeply introspective questions. But not every comic needs to do that. What Bloodshot does, it does very well. Seeley, Booth, and co have been remarkably consistent issue to issue, and I can’t really find any fault in an issue that does exactly what it says on the tin (that may be an obscure reference for you – it’s from a UK add originating in the late 90’s from a company called Ronseal).
Bloodshot remains one of the series I look forward to reading each month. This wasn’t the best comic I’ve read this week, but it still comes with a big fat stamp of approval from me.
Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.
BeforeBloodshot #7 hits shelves on March 11th, Valiant has revealed the explosive issue will also receive a special “Fully Loaded” Edition on April 8th!
Featuring Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot on the cover, theBloodshot #7 “Fully Loaded” Edition is packed with eight epic pages of bonus content that includes new artwork, classified information, and commentary from Bloodshot’s co-creator Kevin Vanhook!
Bloodshot #7 kicks off part 1 of the new story arc “Burned,” an action-packed three-issue story that unleashes hell on Earth! Valiant’s supersoldier must hunt down monsters, aliens, living weapons, and other terrifying threats after they’re set loose from a top-secret facility. It’s the perfect jumping-on spot while also continuing the fast-paced and thrilling storyline that Bloodshot writer Tim Seeley has been crafting since the debut issue.
The “Fully Loaded” edition of Bloodshot #7 will release on the same day as Bloodshot #8 (April 8th), allowing fans to jump right into the first two chapters of “Burned!”
Bloodshot #7 “Fully Loaded” will be available in comic shops and wherever comics are sold on April 8th. The issue is written by Tim Seeley, features art by Marc Laming and Jason Masters, colors by Andrew Dalhouse, and letters by Dave Sharpe.
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
Bloodshot #7 (Valiant) – With the film coming out this week, this is a series everyone will be taking a look at. Get in before everyone else!
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless (DC Comics) – Always entertaining and fantastic. This is a perfect series for young readers.
Decorum #1 (Image Comics) – Writer Jonathan Hickman’s name is on this one and that alone has us interested. Something have to do with assassins in the universe has us intrigued.
Dragon Hoops (First Second) – Gene Luen Yang’s latest is a slice of life about a high school basketball team and based on Yang’s own experiences.
North Bend #1 (Scout Comics) – In the near future the US is at war against Russia and its own people. To regain control, the CIA recruits a DEA agent to test an experimental mind control drug on unwitting Americans.
RAI #5 (Valiant) – One of the best comics being put out, it’s a sci-fi story that’s entertaining and intriguing with some fantastic concepts and ideas.
Science Comics: Crows – Genius Birds (First Second) – Always entertaining and educational, the Science Comics graphic novel series is great for kids and adults.
Stealth #1 (Image Comics) – A superhero is waging war on crime and his reckless behavior is due to fighting Alzheimer’s as well.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was solid and ended with a twist we didn’t see coming. We want to know what happens next.
Ever wanted to be a comic book character? Now’s your chance!
Valiant Entertainment has announced a brand new addition to the current Bloodshot 2020 Humble Bundle: if you are the top contributor when the Bundle ends, you’ll win the opportunity to be drawn into an upcoming issue of Bloodshot by Tim Seeley!
Over $400-worth of DRM-free Bloodshot comics are available in the pay-what-you-want Bundle, with tiers starting at just $1. A portion of the proceeds from the Humble Bundle will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that protects the First Amendment rights of comic book creators, fans, and more. Contributors are even able to specify the percentage of their contribution that goes to CBLDF!
For more details, and to join the race to the Top Contributor prize, check out the Bloodshot 2020 Humble Bundle here – but don’t delay! This fantastic offer ends on March 14, at 2pm EST!