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Wonder Woman 1984 Repeats in First Place as the Top Five Remains Unchanged

Wonder Woman 1984

That’s three weeks in a row in first place for Wonder Woman 1984. The film earned an estimated $3 million over the weekend to bring its domestic box office to $32.6 million. At the international box office, the film earned about $8.8 million over the week to bring that gross to $98.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $131.4 million.

In second place was The Croods: A New Age which earned an estimated $1.8 million. That raises its domestic earnings to $36.9 million after 7 weeks. Internationally, the film added $10.55 million over the week to raise that number to $90.95 million. It has earned $127.8 million in its run so far.

In third place was News of the World. The film added an estimated $1.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $7.1 million.

Monster Hunter came in fourth place earning an estimated $1.1 million. So far, the film has earned $7.8 million domestically. Internationally, the film earned about $900,000 over the week to bring that total to $5.8 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $13.6 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fatale which earned an estimated $670,000. The film has brought in $4 million at the domestic box office.

Initial numbers have the weekend box office grossing $9,069,545 from 23 films and 10,545 theaters. The theater number is underreported as Wonder Woman 1984‘s theater count has not been released. The previous weekend saw $12,893,502 from over 10,758 theaters and 27 films which also included the theater undercount. That’s a per average theater earning of less than $860.08 compared to the previous weekend’s $1,198.50.

Wonder Woman 1984 Repeats in First Place

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 repeated last week’s first place finish at the domestic weekend box office with an estimated $5.5 million. The film has now grossed $28.5 million in its two weeks domestically. Internationally, the film also added $21.7 million at the international box office over the past week to bring that to $90 million. In its two weeks, the film has earned $118.5 million worldwide.

The Croods: A New Age improved from the previous week coming in second place and increasing its grosses. The film added $2.2 million over the weekend. Its domestic total now stands at $34.5 million. Internationally, the film grossed about $12.5 million over the week. The film has earned $80.4 million there. Worldwide, the film has earned just under $115 million after 5 weeks.

In third place was News of the World which dropped from second. The film earned an estimated $1.7 million to bring its total to $5.4 million.

Monster Hunter came in fourth place with an estimated $1.3 million an improvement of 11.1%. It has earned $5.5 million domestically. The film has held steady with $4.8 million at the international box office giving it a worldwide total of $10.3 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fatale which earned $700,000 to bring its domestic total to $3.1 million.

In other comic film news…

The New Mutants wasn’t on the chart but earned about $6,000 over the week internationally to bring that total to $22,581,746. With the $23,852,649 domestically, the film has earned $46,434,395.

Though it’s only rough numbers in, the weekend domestic box office grossed $12,893,502 from over 10,758 theaters and 27 films. The Wonder Woman 1984 theater count is not being reported. That’s compared to $24,185,695 from 13,956 theaters, and 34 films the previous week. That’s an average per-theater earning of less than $1,198.50 this past weekend compared to the previous weekend’s $1,732.99.

Monster Hunter Nabs Its Prize of First Place at the Weekend Box Office

Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter took the top of the weekend box office, bumping off some other hunters, The Croods. Based on the video game series, Monster Hunter earned an estimated $2.2 million from 1,736 theaters averaging $1,267 per theater. The film also opened internationally with $4.8 million for a worldwide total of $7 million.

In second place was the champ of the last few weekends, The Croods: A New Age. That film added an estimated $2 million to its domestic total. It’s now earned a little over $27 million, one of the best totals of the year. Internationally, the film added about $5.4 million over the week to bring that total to $57.5 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $84.5 million one of the highest earnings of the year for a film.

Fatale debuted in third place. The film grossed an estimated $925,000. No international earnings have been reported.

In fourth place was the re-release of Elf which earned an estimated $365,000. After six weeks, the film has earned $1.9 million domestically and $141,033 at the international box office.

Rounding out the top five was Half Brothers which earned an estimated $260,000 dropping 47.5% from the previous week. The film has earned $1.8 million after three weeks. No international numbers have been released.

When it comes to comic films.

The Empty Man earned an estimated $2,500 after nine weeks to bring its domestic total to $3 million. Internationally, the film has now earned $842,295 an increase of about $70,000 over the week. Worldwide the film has earned $3,844,325.

The New Mutants also earned an estimated $2,500 after 17 weeks. That brings the domestic gross to $23.9 million. Over the week, it looks like international earnings remained steady at $22,544,735. Worldwide, the film has earned $46,396,246.

38 films grossed $7,592,134 from 14,312 theaters. The previous weekend saw $6,687,559 from 36 films and 14,704 theaters. This past weekend had an average theater earning of $530.47 compared to the previous weekend’s $454.81. We’ll update these numbers as they become finalized.

Image Expands Its Image First Line

Image Comics is listening to feedback from direct market retailers and announced it’s expanding its popular “Image Firsts” editions—printings of the first issues of popular series that only cost $1. Perfect for readers interested in trying out a variety of new series without feeling the effects on their wallet, five popular titles will have their Image First editions brought back to print while seven additional bestselling series will get Image First editions this April. These new releases will be available in stores on Wednesday, April 25th—just in time for retailers to stock up for the influx of new customers on Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th.

The final order cutoff deadline for retailers on all three is Monday, April 2nd.

New Image Firsts to be added to the line:

AFAR #1 by Leila Del Duca & Kit Seaton (Diamond Code FEB180593)
In a fantastical post-industrial desert, 15-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astral project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s two parents have temporarily left her and her 13-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.

CURSE WORDS #1 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne (Diamond Code FEB180595) 
A wizard has appeared in present-day New York! His name is Wizord, and he’s here to save us all from dark magical forces bent on our destruction. He’s the best wizard of all time! Or…he’s not, and he’s lying to everyone, and secretly is the dark magical force, but wants to hang out in our world for a while because it’s so much nicer than the hellhole he comes from. Secrets, and spells, and talking koalas—CURSE WORDS is a gonzo dark fantasy from Charles Soule (Daredevil, Letter 44, Star Wars) and Ryan Browne (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS).

FEAR AGENT #1 by Rick Remender, Tony Moore & Jerome Opeña (Diamond Code FEB180596)
The critically acclaimed hit series FEAR AGENT returns to Image Comics. Newly recruited fans can experience the whiskey-soaked, laser-scorched life of Heath Huston, the galaxy’s last Fear Agent. When down-and-out alien exterminator Heath Huston stumbles upon an extraterrestrial plot to commit genocide against the human species, he must put down the bottle and resume his role as a peacekeeper…the last Fear Agent!

MOONSHINE #1 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso (Diamond Code FEB180597)
From writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso—the Eisner Award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets—comes a brutal new series that puts a horror twist on a classic gangster tale! Set deep in Appalachia during Prohibition, MOONSHINE tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, Hiram Holt. Lou figures it a milk run, but what he doesn’t figure is that Holt’s just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Not only will Holt do anything for his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker, bloodier family secret.

MOONSTRUCK #1 by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle (Diamond Code FEB180598)
Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late. The first chapter of the brand-new, all-ages, magical, coffee-laden adventure from Lumberjanes creator Grace Ellis and talented newcomer Shae Beagle.

REDNECK #1 by Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren (Diamond Code FEB180599)
The Bowmans are vampires who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cows’ blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear, and bad blood bubble to the surface—making it impossible to separate man from monster! Critically acclaimed writer Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY) and artist Lisandro Estherren serve up the tale of a different kind of family just trying to get by, deep in the heart of Texas.

STREET ANGEL #1 by Jim Rugg (Diamond Code FEB180600)
Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez is the Deadliest Girl Alive! Follow this punker and fall for her rebellious spirit through a series of standalone adventures available now: STREET ANGEL: AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL, THE STREET ANGEL GANG, STREET ANGEL: SUPERHERO FOR A DAY, and the forthcoming STREET ANGEL GOES TO JUVIE in stores this May. And don’t miss this year’s Free Comic Book Day title: STREET ANGEL’S DOG.

Popular Image Firsts coming back to print:

AGE OF BRONZE #1 by Eric Shanower (Diamond Code FEB180594)
Daring heroes, breathtaking women, betrayals, love and death—the most spectacular war story ever told: The Trojan War. When a lustful Trojan prince abducts the beautiful Queen Helen of Sparta, Helen’s husband vows to recover her no matter the cost. So begins the Trojan War. From far and wide, the ancient kings of Greece bring their ships to join the massive force to pledge their allegiance to High King Agamemnon. Featuring the greatest of the Greek heroes: Achilles, Odysseus, and Herakles, along with a cast of thousands. AGE OF BRONZE: A THOUSAND SHIPS reveals hidden secrets of the characters’ pasts, serving up joy and sorrow, leading up to the brink of war, and foreshadowing the terror to come. AGE OF BRONZE has been nominated for numerous Eisner Awards.

THE FADE OUT #1 by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips (Diamond Code FEB180601)
Brubaker and Phillips’ hit series, THE FADE OUT is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true. THE FADE OUT is Brubaker and Phillips’ most ambitious project yet.

FATALE #1 by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips (Diamond Code FEB180602)
Secrets, lies, horror, lust, and monsters from the time before time all collide in FATALE: DEATH CHASES ME. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for… what?

MAGE #1 by Matt Wagner (Diamond Code FEB180603)
Kevin Matchstick was a lonely, disaffected everyman until events beyond his control conspired to prod him into becoming the hero he never wanted to be. Accompanied by a mysterious wizard and a crew of loyal friends, the reluctant hero must discover the courage to accept his true power and defeat the dark powers that threaten reality itself.

SPAWN #1 by Todd McFarlane (Diamond Code FEB180604) 
Al Simmons returns from Hell to become the anti-hero known as SPAWN. SPAWN’s hugely popular 1992 debut sold an amazing 1.7 million copies—an unprecedented feat in independent comics. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures, film, and award-winning animation. The SPAWN comic went on to become an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a live-action feature film from New Line Cinema that grossed $100 million. A new SPAWN movie is currently in development with Blumhouse Productions.

Review: Manchette’s Fatale

Manchette_Fatale_CoverReading for me can be euphoric. Then there are times when I come across a body of work that causes me nothing but pain. I want to stop, but I suffer from a nerdy quirk that compels me to finish what I started, regardless of the mental anguish it causes.

Machette’s Fatale is a 137 page graphic novel adaptation, by Max Cabanes and Doug Headline, of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s same titled 90-page novella (who is also the original author behind the ‘The Gunman’ movie starring Sean Penn). I have never heard of Manchette before, but supposedly he is like a French Dashiell Hammett and famous for writing dark crime noir with nihilistic existentialist themes critical of the French Bourgeoisie during the 70s and 80s (unfortunately this adaptation has not inspired me in any way to read his work).

The back cover bragged that it was nominated at the prestigious Festival international de la bande dessine d’Angoulême (kind of like our American Comic Con, but a bit more literary and French, with a lot less cosplay), so I was expectant of a good read.

In excruciating detail—no hyperbole—I was introduced to Aimée Joubert, an extremely beautiful killer, with a chip on her shoulder against all men. Her modus operandi is to ingratiate herself into the current locale’s high society, to take advantage of private scandals, and drum up clients for her gun-for-hire business.

Fifty pages in, I couldn’t care less about her, or Baron Jules, or any of the other townsfolk. There was nothing in this story that stirred any kind of emotion in me. The characters were vile and repulsive; and Aimée, although attractive, was numbingly dull. The art was flat, no better than that of what I’ve seen in the past within the more dramatic Sunday dailies of Brenda Starr; and the written detail of no import was painful to work through.

Maybe it went over my head, but the only good moment I can recall was the relief I felt when I saw these two words: “The End.” This is at best a niche book for a limited audience of French Lit lovers of purposeless nihilistic violent endings.

If you’re not a member of this exclusive club, pass it by on the rack.

Story: Jean-Patrick Manchette Adapted: Doug Headline Art: Max Cabanes
Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.




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Preview: Fatale #24

Fatale #24

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Price: $4.99
Diamond ID: MAR140508
Published: July 30, 2014

IT ALL ENDS HERE! The final extra-length issue of FATALE! There’s so much story that we needed a lot more room. Will Josephine’s final secrets be revealed? Will there be much tragedy? Will Brubaker and Phillips fans love all the crazy extras jammed into this special final issue? Yes, yes, and yes.


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Preview: Fatale #23

Fatale #23

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Art By: Elizabeth Breitweiser
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140600
Published: June 18, 2014

The strangest issue of FATALE yet, as Nicolas Lash finally learns the last of Josephine’s secrets, and the universe will never look the same. Don’t forget that every issue of FATALE contains extra art and articles not available anywhere but the single issues!


Preview: Fatale #22

Fatale #22

Story By: Ed Brubaker
Art By: Sean Phillips
Cover By: Sean Phillips
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: DEC130570
Published: May 7, 2014

The life story of the man-monster called The Bishop.

As always, every issue of FATALE includes extras and articles every month!


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