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I am Phoenix Hear Me Roar: Jean Grey of the X-Men from Comics to Screen

Even a bad movie can’t stop the return of the Phoenix! The Phoenix Saga is iconic but it shouldn’t be the only Jean story you know. Josh Wilson of The Fabulist interviews me (Elana) for a change, as we talk about Jean Grey in comics and cartoons.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments. While you wait for tomorrow, and we’ve got some awesome posts today, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Dark Phoenix Writer/Director Offers to Take The Blame For Film That’s leadership.

Blackfilm – Sanaa Lathan To Voice Catwoman In Harley Quinn Animated Series For DC Universe’s Streaming Service – Very nice.

Reviews

CBR – Event Leviathan #1
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Immortal Hulk #19
AIPT! –
Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider: Spider-Geddon

Dark Phoenix Has the Second Biggest Drop Ever

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 $2.697 billion domestically, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 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.

While 2018’s films are winding down as far as earnings, they’re still not done!


Dark Phoenix dropped hard to fourth place at the weekend box office tumbling 72.6% and earning an estimated $9 million. That’s the second largest weekend drop for a film playing in over 3,500 theaters in the second weekend. The film has now earned $51.8 million domestically. The film added $24.2 million internationally bringing that total to $152.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $204.3 million. With a $200 million budget, the film has just barely passed it in grosses after two weeks.

There is a chance that audiences are ignoring the film partially due to the mixed reviews but also with the impending reboot now that Disney has bought Fox and absorbed the X-Men franchise. No matter how you look at it, the Fox X-franchise is going out on a low note.

Avengers: Endgame came in at #11 earning an estimated $3.5 million domestically to bring that number to $830.5 million.

Captain Marvel fell off the weekend box office results but still is bringing int he dollars. The film earned about $100,000 domestically over the past week and about $17,000 internationally over the same time frame. The film has now earned $426.5 million domestically and $701.4 million internationally for a worldwide total of $1.128 billion.

Shazam! didn’t chart for the weekend box office but earned about $270,000 over the week domestically. The film has earned $139.6 million domestically, $223.4 million internationally, and $363.0 million worldwide. It’s about $7.5 million behind Captain America: The First Avenger and most likely won’t pass it.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film and is unlikely to change that. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but it’s still earning dollars. The international earnings increased to about $8,000. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million and international total of $185.3 million, the worldwide total is $375.5 million. It’s the last release of 2018 that’s still earning money. Once it’s done, we’ll be doing our dive into the year as a whole.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 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.

Men in Black International and Shaft Both Fail to Meet Expectations as MiB Wins the Weekend

Men in Black International

It was a bad weekend at the box office as Men in Black International and Shaft didn’t come close to even the lowest expectations. The weekend was down

Men in Black International opened with $28.5 million which is the lowest opening for the franchise by over $20 million. All three previous films opened with over $51 million. The film received a “B” CinemaScore and middling to negative reviews. The audience was 56% male and 53% aged 25 or older.

The film brought in $73.7 million from 36 markets to bring the global debut to $102 million.

With a budget of $110 million, the opening isn’t a complete disaster. The film has also earned a reported $75 million from brand deals so when added into the earnings the film will likely eke out a small profit by the time it’s all done. But, the franchise definitely doesn’t have the juice it once did.

In second place was The Secret Life of Pets 2 which dropped 49% in its second weekend to bring in an estimated $23.8 million. Domestically, the film has earned $92 million after ten days. Internationally, the film added $8.5 million for an international total of $62.5 million and an international total of $154.5 million.

Aladdin held steady in third place with an estimated $16.7 million to bring its domestic total to $263.4 million. Internationally, the film added an estimated $47.5 million for a foreign box office total of $461.4 million and a worldwide total of $724.8 million. After four weeks the film is third domestically and internationally for the year.

Dark Phoenix dropped hard to fourth place tumbling 72.6% and earning an estimated $9 million. That’s the second largest weekend drop for a film playing in over 3,500 theaters in the second weekend. The film has now earned $51.8 million domestically. The film added $24.2 million internationally bringing that total to $152.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $204.3 million. With a $200 million budget, the film has just barely passed it in grosses after two weeks.

Rounding out the top five was Rocketman which added $8.8 million to bring its domestic total to $66.1 million. It also added $8.5 million internationally to bring its worldwide total to over $133 million.

Just outside the top five was Shaft which came in sixth place. The film was expected to earn $15 million but could only scrape together $8.3 million. The opening day audience did give the film an “A” CinemaScore. The audience was also 54% female and 84% aged 25 years or older.

In other comic film results…

Avengers: Endgame came in at #11 earning an estimated $3.5 million domestically to bring that number to $830.5 million.

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

Dark Phoenix Flames Out in Its Debut

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 $2.697 billion domestically, $4.562 billion internationally, $7.259 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.047 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.

While 2018’s films are winding down as far as earnings, they’re still not done!


Dark Phoenix debuted this past weekend and it sowed death and destruction in its $33 million opening. It’s the first X-film to not even open with $50 million. The studio had a projection of $40-$50 million and the film couldn’t even do that. X-Men: Apocalypse opened three years ago to $65.7 million.

The film received a “B-” CinemaScore. Apocalypse received an “A-” score and that went on to earn $155.4 million domestically and $543.9 million worldwide. Dark Phoenix may struggle to reach $100 million domestically.

Things were a bit better internationally. The film opened in all markets except Japan and earned an estimated $107 million. It opens in Japan on June 21.

The film reportedly cost $200 million to make and has very mixed reviews with a 23% from citics and 64% from the audience on RottenTomatoes, 6/10 on IMDB, 43% on Metacritic, and 74% of Google users liking it.

There is a chance that audiences are ignoring the film partially due to the mixed reviews but also with the impending reboot now that Disney has bought Fox and absorbed the X-Men franchise. Not matter how you look at it, the Fox X-franchise is going out on a low note.

Avengers: Endgame dropped two spots this past weekend to #8 earning an estimated $4.8 million. Domestically, the film stands at $824.4 million. With its $1.906 billion internationally, the film has earned $2.731 billion worldwide. It’s now just $58 million from passing Avatar from being the all-time worldwide top grossing film.

Captain Marvel dropped one spot from the precious week coming in at #21. The film added $156,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $426.4 million after 14 weeks. The film is at $1.128 billion worldwide so far.

Shazam! didn’t chart for the weekend box office but earned about $700,000 over the week domestically. The film has earned $139.4 million domestically, $223.4 million internationally, and $362.8 million worldwide. It’s about $7.8 million behind Captain America: The First Avenger and most likely won’t pass it.

With a budget of just $100 million, the film has an average gross to the budget for a DC Cinematic film and will likely remain in the middle of the pack for that. It remains the lowest grossing big-budget DCU film and is unlikely to change that. Still, it’s hard to call the film a failure with its return on its budget.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse didn’t chart this past week but it’s still earning dollars. The international earnings increased to about $60,000. With a domestic earning of $190.2 million and international total of $185.3 million, the worldwide total is $375.5 million. It’s the last release on 2018 whose total is adjusting. Once it’s done, we’ll be doing our dive into the year as a whole.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.562 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.259 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.047 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $725.9 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $671.9 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.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix Top the Weekend Box Office but Both Fall Short

The Secret Life of Pets 2

While the weekend box office did better than the previous year by more than 43%, the top two films both fell short.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 topped the weekend earning an estimated $47.1 million. It opened with the second widest opening ever with 4,561 locations. The widest ever is Avengers: Endgame. That $47.1 million is half of the earnings of the original film’s $104.3 million in 2016. The studio had hoped for a $50 million opening.

The film did receive an “A-” CinemaScore from an opening crowd that was 57% female and 62% being family moviegoers.

Internationally, the film has been playing for two weeks and added 21 markets. From its 30 markets, the film earned $16 million It has numerous countries to still open through AUgust including Australia, Germany, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, and Mexico.

In second place was Dark Phoenix which sowed death and destruction in its $33 million opening. It’s the first X-film to not even open with $50 million. The studio had a projection of $40-$50 million and the film couldn’t even do that. X-Men: Apocalypse opened three years ago to $65.7 million.

The film received a “B-” CinemaScore. Apocalypse received an “A-” score and that went on to earn $155.4 million domestically and $543.9 million worldwide. Dark Phoenix may struggle to reach $100 million domestically.

Things were a bit better internationally. The film opened in all markets except Japan and earned an estimated $107 million. It opens in Japan on June 21.

The film reportedly cost $200 million to make and has very mixed reviews with a 23% from citics and 64% from the audience on RottenTomatoes, 6/10 on IMDB, 43% on Metacritic, and 74% of Google users liking it.

There is a chance that audiences are ignoring the film partially due to the mixed reviews but also with the impending reboot now that Disney has bought Fox and absorbed the X-Men franchise.

Aladdin took third place with an estimated $34.5 million. Domestically it has earned $232.4 million and internationally the film is up to $604.9 million worldwide. The live action remake beats the original animated film in every way, which earned $217.4 million domestically, $286.7 million internationally, and $504.1 million worldwide.

In fourth place was Godzilla: King of the Monsters which saw a monstrous drop of 67.5% from the previous weekend. It earned an estimated $15.5 million in its second week. The original film in 2014 dropped 67% so this is seeing a similar play out. If that’s holds, King of the Monsters should earn about $100 million domestically. It opened around half of the original and the original earned about $200 million. Internationally, the film brought in $47.1 million to bring that total to $213.7 million and $292.3 million worldwide.

Rounding out the top five was Rocketman which earned an estimated $14 million domestically and $13 million internationally. It now has crossed the $100 million mark after ten days with $101.8 million worldwide.

In other comic releases…

Avengers: Endgame dropped two spots to #8 earning an estimated $4.8 million. Domestically, the film stands at $824.4 million.

Captain Marvel dropped one spot from the precious week coming in at #21. The film added $156,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $426.4 million after 14 weeks.

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

Movie Review: Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

With all of the rumors, buzz, and delays in the lead up to Dark Phoenix, you’d think the film was a disaster of a film. The end product though is neither good nor bad. It just kid of “is.” Rounding out the newest quartet of Fox‘s X-Men films before they’re inevitably rebooted by Marvel, the film is a bunch of good ideas taken in the wrong direction.

The film adapts the classic comic story The Dark Phoenix Saga with some twists and other material. Originally written by Chris Claremont with art by John Byrne, it’s a storyline that was also borrowed from in X-Men: The Last Stand, the last film in the original X film trilogy. Unlike X-Men: The Last Stand, this film isn’t a complete total disaster.

The story is simple. Infused with a comic force, Jean Grey’s powers are expanded and extended to a point she has trouble controlling them. And from there, disaster strikes pitting her against forces that want to control her and help her.

Dark Phoenix borrows liberally from the original material (the D’Bari and Vuk are included) as well as other storylines. Mainly that Charles Xavier is a completely horrible human being.

That’s really where the film revolves. Charles Xavier has done horrible things, mainly dealing with Jean Grey, and those decisions are coming back to haunt him. The exploration that the X-Men are a vanity project of his is there. An extension of his ego that he knows what’s right.

And that’s what’s frustrating about the film. The concepts are all there. The themes are all there. There’s an interesting psychological/thinking film within. Writer and director Simon Kinberg never seems to want to really commit to that, instead delivering a fairly popcorn focused film. The lessons from Logan are both present and not. These films can be more than just big action sequences. And even those sequences are underwhelming.

The Phoenix Force itself looks like leftover FX of Galactus from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The climactic train sequence has moments that are both inspired and not. Too much space is present making the sequence feel empty and not focused on a primary point. Magneto, Nightcrawler, and Storm get moments to truly stand out. Especially the latter two characters. The train sequence almost makes up for it. It also had me thinking how Snowpiercer has shown that a film on a train can be amazing.

But, back to the plot….

The film is lazy. Characters come in and out of scenes and sequences without explanation (D’Bari for example). Foreshadowing is so present you almost expect the characters to look at the camera with a smirk. Kinberg’s direction feels like it doesn’t have an “eye” or “vision.” Shots are panned out too far and don’t focus on one thing. It’s a scattered vision for a scattered film. And the cast as a whole feels like they’re phoning it in.

The film feels like it knows it’s the end as opposed to setting something else up. And the cast are in on that reality. The acting is… subpar at best. There’s some laughable line delivery. The audience literally laughed. The make-up itself too is distracting with the women sporting caked on make-up with slight sparkles. It all feels very low budget and B-movie but at the same time a very high budget film. With a reported $200 million budget, the movie just feels like everyone is checking boxes off and going through the motion.

The true joy of the film, as it has been in a few X films is “spot the mutant.” There’s lots of “guest” appearances such as Disco Dazzler, Kitty Pryde, and Quinton Quire. When you find yourself paying more attention to background characters than the main cast, you have issues. And even that feels cheap. The make-up here too isn’t present enough and there are moments where in a panned out scene someone looks normal and up close there’s some make-up to say “mutant.” Most of the mutants just look like average individuals, with nothing spectacular about it. I guess prosthetics and costumes weren’t in the budget. Much like everything else, it feels a bit halfassed.

What’s weird though is, the film is somewhat enjoyable. It’s not one I want to pay full price to see but in a matinee or on television, it’s worth the svelte 113 minutes it’ll cost in time.

Dark Phoenix has some bang moments and you can see where it could have been great. Much like the Phoenix Force itself, the film both creates and destroys the legacy of the previous three films. It’s neither good nor bad. It just is.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 10

Spider-Man: Far From Home is this Summer’s Most Anticipated Film

Fandango has revealed the results of its Most Anticipated Summer Movies Survey, in which Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far from Home (the first Marvel Cinematic Universe entry since the game-changing Avengers: Endgame) was voted the most anticipated blockbuster of the summer.

The poll included more than 2,000 fans on Fandango who were asked to vote for movies they planned to see on the big screen between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Moviegoers named Disney’s The Lion King and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 as the most anticipated family films, with Disney’s Aladdin, Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets 2, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold following closely behind.

Fans voted for Chris Hemsworth (Men in Black: International), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far from Home), plus Zendaya (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Sophie Turner (Dark Phoenix) and Tessa Thompson (Men in Black: International) as the most anticipated actors in summer movies. Richard Madden (Rocketman) and Naomi Scott (Aladdin) were selected as the hottest rising stars in the movies, while Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw bad guy Idris Elba was picked as top summer movie villain.

According to Fandango moviegoers, below are the top picks for the summer:

Most Anticipated Summer Blockbuster:

  1. “Spider-Man: Far from Home
  2. “Rocketman”
  3. “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
  4. “Dark Phoenix”
  5.  “The Lion King”
  6. “Toy Story 4”
  7. “Men in Black: International”
  8. “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
  9. “Aladdin”
  10. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Most Anticipated Family Film:

  1. “The Lion King”
  2. “Toy Story 4”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “The Secret Life of Pets 2”
  5. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”

Most Anticipated Live-Action Comedy:

  1. “Booksmart”
  2. “Yesterday”
  3. “Late Night”
  4. “Good Boys”
  5. “Stuber”

Most Anticipated Movie Musical:

  1. “Rocketman”
  2. “The Lion King”
  3. “Aladdin”
  4. “Yesterday”
  5. “Blinded by the Light”

Most Anticipated Actress:

  1. Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)
  2. Sophie Turner (“Dark Phoenix”)
  3. Tessa Thompson (“Men in Black: International”)
  4. Margot Robbie (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  5. Jessica Chastain (“Dark Phoenix”)

Most Anticipated Actor:

  1. Chris Hemsworth (“Men in Black: International”)
  2. Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
  3. Tom Holland (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)
  4. Dwayne Johnson (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal (“Spider-Man: Far from Home”)

Most Anticipated Male Rising Star:

  1. Richard Madden (“Rocketman”)
  2. O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)
  3. Mena Massoud (“Aladdin”)
  4. Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”)
  5. Mason Gooding (“Booksmart”)

Most Anticipated Female Rising Star:

  1. Naomi Scott (“Aladdin”)
  2. Millie Bobby Brown (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)
  3. Alexandra Shipp (“Shaft,” “Dark Phoenix”)
  4. Vanessa Kirby (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  5. Billie Lourd (“Booksmart”)

Most Anticipated Voiceover Performance:

  1. Tom Hanks (as Woody in “Toy Story 4”)
  2. Harrison Ford (as Rooster in “The Secret Life of Pets 2”)
  3. Donald Glover (as Simba in “The Lion King”)
  4. Alan Tudyk (as Iago in “Aladdin”)
  5. Mark Hamill (as Chucky in “Child’s Play”)

Most Anticipated Villain:

  1. Idris Elba (as Brixton in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”)
  2. Jessica Chastain (in “Dark Phoenix”)
  3. Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Scar in “The Lion King”)
  4. Octavia Spencer (as Sue Ann in “Ma”)
  5. Mark Hamill (as Chucky in “Child’s Play”)

Dark Phoenix Gets a New Trailer

In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

Dark Phoenix comes to theaters June 7, 2019.

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