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Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Founder Mike Richardson Comment on the Recent Scott Allie Revelations. Rinse. Repeat.

Earlier this week, new revelations came out about the behavior of comic editor/writer Scott Allie including harassment, retaliation, and emotional abuse towards others in the industry. This is beyond the documented 2015 assault on a comic creator that happened at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola and comic publisher Dark Horse were quick to distance themselves from Allie stating they would no longer be working with him. But, both Mignola and Dark Horse continued to work with Allie after 2015 despite his admission of the assault and concerns from staff, some of who have come public with raising concerns with management. It wasn’t until 2017 that Allie “left” Dark Horse though he continued to edit their top titles including Hellboy, which he would later pen some issues in that universe, and on Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy. He continued to work with the company on a freelance basis and his role became even MORE PROMINENT after 2015 as he began to write issues. Despite Allie’s reputation for abuse, he was still chosen to provide “oversight” on the Image benefit anthology after the Las Vegas shootings. He was replaced after the outcry.

The protection of Allie went beyond Mignola and Richardson and is a prime example of the industry unwillingness to put action to words.

While Dark Horse quickly made a statement that echoed their 2015 statement, yesterday, the company founder Mike Richardson spoke up.

As has been pointed up by so many, Richardson’s statement rings hollow. In 2015, he stated among other things:

Dark Horse agrees 100% with the EEOC Guidelines.

So are we to take his statement above that Dark Horse HASN’T been doing what’s legally required like no retaliation and zero tolerance? If Dark Horse, and Richardson, agreed with guidelines in 2015, what have they done in the five years since?

They “rehired” Allie as a freelancer.

Mike Mignola expounded upon his short Tweet from the day the news broke in a post entitled “I Believe and Completely Support Shawna Gore”:

About Scott Allie—

Scott was my second editor on the Hellboy series at Dark Horse. He was only meant to be my temporary editor, just for the one comic (THE CORPSE) and a more senior editor was supposed to take over after that. But, as the story goes, he saved me from making a rather big mistake on that one comic and I requested that he stay on as my regular editor, and we ended up working together for something close to 25 years.

From the earliest days I heard stories of his drunken behavior at conventions—stupid stuff like jumping fully clothed into fountains. It was joked about and I was not aware that there was anything at all more serious going on.

The drunken incident in 2015 made it clear that there was a much more serious problem that needed to be dealt with. I spoke to him about it. Others spoke to him about it. He agreed that the drinking was a problem and we were all led to believe he was getting help for that. And to the best of my knowledge he DID get help for the drinking problem. 

Around this time I started to hear rumors of other past incidents—alcohol-fueled behavior that seemed limited to drunken, juvenile pranks. There was nothing specific and I never heard the names of any specific persons involved in these other incidents. I continued to write these off as just more of his stupid drunken episodes. I became aware that some people did not like working with Scott. While our working relationship had always been good I know his editorial style could be aggressive and off-putting and I honestly believed this, coupled with the past drinking problem, was the reason for the trouble. The truth of course is that after a very long and very productive working relationship I did not want to believe there was anything more to these stories. I was blind because I wanted to be blind and that’s on me and it’s something I have to live with.

After the news about Cameron Stewart and Warren Ellis broke last week, Scott’s name started to bubble up on social media again. Until yesterday I had never heard about Scott’s assault of Shawna. I wish I had known.  I understand there are many reasons why no one would approach me with something like that—the shame and embarrassment of course and, sadly the perception that Scott and I were good friends. Had I heard any of what I’ve heard in the last 24 hours I would have severed all contact with Scott Allie at once.

But where there is smoke there is almost always fire and after a while there was so much smoke—clearly I had to finally take a hard look at the situation, had to contact some friends and associates, people who had been close to Scott and find out what had really been going on—and I was horrified but what I started to hear. I wish I had asked this questions much sooner. After so many years I wanted to give Scott the benefit of the doubt—as the son of an alcoholic I wanted to blame the booze. I was fooling myself and I will regret that forever. My heart goes out to all his victims. And Shawna—I have known Shawna almost as long as Scott and have always considered her a good friend– and now to discover that she has been living with this all these years — I am heartbroken. And of course I am furious at Scott and at myself for not realizing what was going on so much sooner.

I’m writing this now because I need to address Scott’s victims. Their stories need to be heard. They need to be believed.

Comics need to do better. We all need to be more accountable. All companies need to have responsive HR departments. Companies need to recommend training about what to do when they hear about assault, harassment, or inappropriate behavior from co-workers or colleagues.

As a creator I need to do better, I need to set a better example, both in the stories I tell and the people I choose to tell them with.  

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As many have said, Mignola is part of the reason that Allie was allowed to stay around and his behavior was excused. There was a fear that if Allie was fired, Mignola would leave and Dark Horse would struggle. In other words, dollars mattered more than lives. Artist Amy Reeder spoke up to say exactly this:

You were the reason he still had a job, they feared repercussions from you. Maybe he manipulated you, I don’t know. All I heard is, they couldn’t fire him because it’d cause Mignola to leave and the entire company would fold. It was tough to hear that about a fellow creator.

Allie’s behavior wasn’t a secret, it was known to the point that Dark Horse made jokes about it publicly calling him “Bitey.”

Former employees have spoken up:Former editor Jim Gibbons Tweeted: 

Scott Allie is far and away the most despicable, abusive, and awful person I’ve ever worked with. The amount of trauma he’s caused the people who have worked with him is extreme.

Another former staffer wrote that:

Scott Allie’s continued abuse of staff was an open secret employees were actively discouraged from speaking about at Dark Horse. While head of editorial, he was not allowed to have women in his office w/his door closed bc he repeatedly shouted or otherwise harassed staff to tears.

Regular Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart has spoken out:

I am with @ShawnaGore. Scott Allie is and was a manipulator and liar. I stopped working with him a couple years ago when I found he was a predator using alcoholism as a cover for his bad actions. I found that out by digging around and asking questions.

Former Hellboy creator John Arcudi has some of the most damning statements. Not only does he mention learning of Shawna’s assault in 2017 but telling Mignola which then would go on to employ Allie until this past week:

Former Hellboy collaborator Guy Davis would indicate the toxicity of the Hellboy team went well beyond Allie:

regarding DarkHorse/BPRD~ I quit the series in 2011 because of the toxic behavior of Allie, Mignola, Arcudi and cut all contact. In 2015 with news of Allie’s assaults and DH “response”, I cancelled The Marquis HC from DH (which never had a contract for them to solicit)

To clarify my leaving BPRD in 2011, that was due to a toxic work environment with the team. I had no knowledge of Scott’s harassments until announced in 2015

The above shows there’s a rot that has infested Dark Horse for almost a decade (at least) and gone unchecked. Excuses are made and basic legal requirements not followed. What’s to believe that 2020 is any different than 2017 or 2015? Actions speak louder than words and in the five years since our initial reporting, all we’ve got is words.


If you are a U.S.-based victim of sexual assault in need of help, contact RAINN at 800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Giant Robot Hellboy Comes to Hellboy: The Board Game for Charity and More New Expansions

Mantic Games has announced it is working with Dark Horse Comics and visionary comic creator Mike Mignola to help raise money for charity with the release of Giant Robot Hellboy–a new playable character for Hellboy: The Board Game. What’s more, players of Hellboy: The Board Game will soon be able to create their own missions with the release of the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Mike Mignola has been entertaining fans with new illustrations nearly each day. These range from characters from the Mignolaverse to icons in popular culture. However, one of the most eye-catching was Giant Robot Hellboy–a massive mechanical version of Hellboy. 

Each limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy will be handmade in resin by the team at Mantic Games. It will be a new playable character that can be used to play Hellboy: The Board Game in solo mode. After all, a huge robot isn’t likely to need a great deal of help dispatching the forces of evil
For each Giant Robot Hellboy sold, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen–the same charity Mike Mignola has been raising money for with his charity auctions during the COVID-19 outbreak. World Central Kitchen has served more than 10 million meals to students, families in need, seniors, and frontline healthcare heroes in North America and Spain during the pandemic.

  • Giant Robot Hellboy

The limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy is available to pre-order now for $44.99. The miniature will be available to order throughout June and is expected to start shipping in late July, depending upon demand.

B.P.R.D. Archives expansion

But that’s not the only Hellboy: The Board Game news. Later this month Mantic Games will be releasing the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion. This allows players to create their own missions for Hellboy: The Board Game by selecting their own Case File cards, adding new minions, and choosing what terrifying boss the team will face in the dramatic final confrontation. The B.P.R.D. Archives, along with Baba Yaga and Hecate boss expansions, will be launching in stores this June.

The B.P.R.D. Archives expansion comes with

  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic werewolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic wolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic witches
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic killer birds
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic harpies
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic bat swarms
  • CASE FILE CONSTRUCTOR CARDS
  • 1 Rules card
  • 6 Environment cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Investigation cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Threat cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Objective cards + 1 title card
  • 6 Twist cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Showdown cards + 1 title card
  • 1 Confrontation card + 1 title cards
  • 5 Enemy Cards
  • 10 Deck of Doom cards
  • 3 Unexpected Threat cards
Hellboy Hecate

The Hecate monster booster is an expansion that brings the evil  Hecate to your adventures. The expansion includes:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Hecate
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Hellboy enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 1 x Case File Confrontation Card
Hellboy Baba Yaga

Hecate is joined by Baba Yaga, another monster booster also available for the game that adds the cunning Baba Yaga to your adventures. Baba Yaga comes with:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Baba Yaga
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Baba Yaga enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 2 x Confrontation Case File card

comiXology Dark Horse Mike Mignola Sale – 50% and more off!

If you’re looking for new comics to read, then look no further than comiXology and their Mike Mignola sale!

You can check out the amazing worlds he’s put together with series like Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Hellboy, and more!

There’s 485 comics and collections to choose from starting at 50% off!

The sale runs until April 13.


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Mike Mignola is Auctioning off Sketches to Support Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen

Times are tough, and comic creator (and Hellboy creator) Mike Mignola is stepping up to help raise some money. Mignola is auctioning off sketches on eBay to help benefit Chef José AndrésWorld Central Kitchen. 100% of the proceeds are going to the effort.

World Central Kitchen is a nonprofit that began ten years ago that focuses on hunger and poverty. The program responded to 13 disasters in 2019 and has ongoing programs throughout the world.

Currently, the organization is delivering meals to those impacted by COVID-19 through quarantine, school closings, unemployment or more. They’re serving nearly 100,000 meals every day. They’re also helping to put restaurants back to work, feeding frontline healthcare workers, and mapping gaps in meals.

You can bid on Mignola’s work to help benefit this wonderful organization or visit them directly to help volunteer, find out more, or donate.

Dark Horse Direct Gets an Abe Sapien 1000toys Abe Sapien Exclusive Figure

Dark Horse Direct had an exclusive 1000toys Hellboy figure and now you can get an Abe Sapien figure.

This exclusive, limited edition version includes a separate Rasputin figure and is limited to 1000. The Rasputin figure is the exclusive item.

Also included is a removable vest, interchangeable hands, pistol, spear gun, and knife.

The exclusive version retails for $119.99. There’s also a non-exclusive version that retails for $79.99.

Bloodshot Debuts Beating Expectations as the Box Office Tanks

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 Prey

Birds of Prey continues 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

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:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,451,311
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

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.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$738,800,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

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.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,451,311
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$738,800,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
The KitchenWB$106,224,715
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,074,151,311
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
The KitchenWB$118,404,747
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,019,151,311
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
The KitchenWB$81,404,747
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.53
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
The KitchenWB3.20
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82

Hellboy Heads to Mexico in the Hellboy: The Board Game Expansion

Hellboy in Mexico

Mantic Games has announced a new limited-edition expansion for Hellboy: The Board Game is in stores now. Working with visionary creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Comics, Mantic has created Hellboy in Mexico featuring new heroes, new missions and new terrifying villains.

Previously only available as an optional extra in the Kickstarter campaign, this limited-edition expansion tells the story of Hellboy’s lost period in Mexico, when he became a Mexican wrestler, fought vampires alongside three luchador brothers and faced off against the horrifying Camazotz – a giant wrestling vampire bat!

Available direct from Mantic Games or from gaming stores around the world, Hellboy in Mexico is a limited-edition, one-print expansion that will not be available again once it has sold out.

Hellboy: The Board Game is a cooperative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic B.R.P.D. members – Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus – before exploring gothic locations, uncovering ancient artifacts and battling one of Hellboy’s most notorious foes, Rasputin! After launching in April 2019, the game is now available in multiple languages (French, Italian, Brazilian and Russian) and is on its third reprint after selling out worldwide.

Hellboy in Mexico

Birds of Prey continues to Fight at the Box Office While My Hero Academia Brings in the Dollars

Birds of Prey

It’s a tale of two R-rated films based on DC properties and an anime at the weekend box office. Despite positive reviews and a push from fans, Birds of Prey continues to fight for every dollar at the box office.

With a drop of two spots to come in at #8 for the weekend, Birds of Prey brought in an estimated $2.2 million domestically. It has earned $82.6 million in its five weeks.

Over two weeks (we missed last week’s update) the film has earned about $10 million domestically and $12 million internationally. Along with its $113.2 million internationally, the film nears $200 million worldwide and has earned $195.8 million.

The film opens in Japan on March 20.

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising debuted in fourth place last week. The film opened with $5.9 million domestically. It opened in Japan in December. This past weekend, the anime was #10 after last week’s debut at #4. The film added $1.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $12.7 million. With $15.1 million internationally, the film has earned $27.8 million worldwide.

Joker

Joker continues to wind down its run at the box office.

Over the past two weeks, the film earned about $100,000 domestically. The film’s total now stands at $335.5 million.

Internationally, the film added $800,000 over the two weeks. It’s earned $738.7 million 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 $6.9 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:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,451,311
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

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.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$738,700,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

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.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $4.964 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.332 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.043 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $496.4 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $733.2 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $604.3 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.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,451,311
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$738,700,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,074,151,311
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,019,151,311
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.53
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43

Birds of Prey Drops to Third While Joker Slows Down

Birds of Prey

It’s a tale of two R-rated films based on DC properties at the weekend box office. Despite positive reviews and a push from fans, Birds of Prey continues to fight at the box office.

With a drop about 59%, the film brought in an estimated $7 million over the three days. That brings the domestic total to $72.5 million. Internationally, the film added $10 million from 78 markets. The international total now stands at $101.2 million for a worldwide total of $173.7 million. The film should be well profitable by the time its run is over but the film will definitely send Warner Bros. back to the drawing board. The film opens in Japan on March 20.

Joker

Joker continues to wind down its run but saw its post Oscar boost slow down.

Over the past week, the film earned about $104,000 domestically which is a decrease from the $170,000 it earned over the previous week. The film’s total now stands at $335.4 million.

Internationally, the film added $500,000 over the week which is down from the previous week’s $600,000. It’s earned $737.9 million internationally.

The movie’s $1.073 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 $7.8 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:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,355,159
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

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.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$737,900,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

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 19.51x 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 $1.018 billion.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $4.963 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.331 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.042 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $496.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $733.1 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $604.2 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.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,355,159
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$737,900,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,073,255,159
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,018,255,159
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.51
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43

Birds of Prey Drops to Second While Joker Gets a Bounce

Birds of Prey

It’s a tale of two R-rated films based on DC properties at the weekend box office. Despite positive reviews and a push from fans, Birds of Prey continues to struggle at the box office.

With about a 48% drop, the film brought in an estimated $17.1 million over the three days and $19.6 million for the four days. That brings the domestic total to $61.7 million. Internationally, the film added $23 million from 78 markets, about a 46% drop. The international total now stands at $83.6 million for a worldwide total of $145.3 million. The film should be well profitable by the time its run is over but the film will definitely send Warner Bros. back to the drawing board. The film opens in Japan on March 20.

Joker

Joker continues to wind down its run but saw a bit of a boost going into the Oscars.

Over the past week, the film earned about $170,000 domestically which is a decrease from the $200,000 it earned over the previous week. It’s the same amount as of two weeks ago. The film’s total now stands at $335.3 million.

Internationally, the film added $600,000 over the week which is up from the previous week’s $500,000. It’s earned $737.4 million internationally.

The movie’s $1.073 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 $8.4 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:

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Wonder WomanWB$412,563,408
AquamanWB$335,061,807
JokerWB$335,251,773
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$330,360,194
Suicide SquadWB$325,100,054
Man of SteelWB$291,045,518
Justice LeagueWB$229,024,295
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$29,790,236

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.

FilmStudioInternational Gross
AquamanWB$813,100,000
JokerWB$737,400,000
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWB$542,900,000
Justice LeagueWB$428,900,000
Suicide SquadWB$420,500,000
Wonder WomanWB$409,283,604
Man of SteelWB$377,000,000
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Teen Titans Go! To the MoviesWB$22,300,000

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 19.5x 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 $1.018 billion.


Here’s where 2019’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.368 billion
Total International Gross: $4.962 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.330 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.289 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.042 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $236.8 million
Average International Gross: $496.2 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $733.0 million
Average Budget: $128.9 million
Average Profit: $604.2 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.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$858,373,000
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$390,532,085
Joker WB $335,251,773
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,845,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$12,180,032
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,939,427,564
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$741,396,434
JokerWB$737,400,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$225,600,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$3,700,000
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,797,800,564
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sony $1,131,928,519
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Joker WB$1,072,651,773
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$365,971,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$15,880,032
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,441,800,564
JokerWB$1,017,651,773
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$971,9285,519
Shazam!WB$265,971,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,442,974
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$21,119,968
FilmStudioGross/Budget
JokerWB19.50
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.86
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony7.07
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.66
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.43
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