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Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.11 Billion Worldwide and Counting

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and after some adjustments stands at $656 million worldwide, and increase of $450,000 since last week. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $1.8 million behind Big Hero 6 when it comes to worldwide earnings and there’s a chance it’ll pass the film before ending its run. The film is currently ranked #25 for worldwide earnings for a comic film adaptation.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $700,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $852.6 million. The film is about $11.1 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,345,104 about a $7,000 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $408.7 million. That’s an increase of $1.4 million over the week. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $308.5 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.363 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.749 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.112 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.434 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.4 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.5 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.363 billion
Total International Gross: $3.749 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.112 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.434 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.7 million
Average International Gross: $267.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.8 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.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.1 Billion Worldwide and Counting

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and after some adjustments stands at $655.5 million worldwide, and increase of $300,000 since last week. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $2.3 million behind Big Hero 6 when it comes to worldwide earnings and there’s a chance it’ll pass the film before ending its run. The film is currently ranked #25 for worldwide earnings for a comic film adaptation.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $400,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $851.9 million. The film is about $11.8 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,338,071 about a $11,000 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $407.3 million. That’s an increase of $2.1 million over the week. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $307.1 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.362 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.747 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.110 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.431 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.4 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.5 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.362 billion
Total International Gross: $3.747 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.110 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.431 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.7 million
Average International Gross: $267.7 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $381.9 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.6 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.

Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Get Oscar Nominations

This morning, the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced. While Wonder Woman and Patrick Stewart were snubbed, two comic film adaptations were nominated.

Logan received a nomination for “Adapted Screenplay” where it was the first superhero movie to do so. It’ll compete with Call Me by Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Molly’s Game, and Mudbound.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was nominated for “Visual Effects” where it’s competing with Blade Runner 2049, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

BEST PICTURE
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Fantastic Woman”
“The Insult”
“Loveless”
“On Body and Soul”
“The Square”

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
“Edith + Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Icarus”
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”

ORIGINAL SONG
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“Stand Up For Something,” “Marshall”
“This is Me,” “Greatest Showman”

ORIGINAL SCORE
“Dunkirk”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“Ferdinand”
“Loving Vincent”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Disaster Artist”
“Logan”
“Molly’s Game”
“Mudbound”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Mudbound”
“The Shape of Water”

COSTUME DESIGN
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”

SOUND EDITING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

SOUND MIXING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Lou”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”

FILM EDITING
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk”
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.1 Billion Worldwide and Counting

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and after some adjustments stands at $655.2 million worldwide. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $2.7 million behind Big Hero 6 when it comes to worldwide earnings and there’s a chance it’ll pass the film before ending its run. That’d place it at #24 for worldwide earnings for a comic adaptation.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $700,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $851.5 million. The film is about $12.2 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,327,841 about a $13,000 increase from the previous week. That’s an improvement in earnings from last week’s $9,000 gain.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $405.2 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $304.9 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.362 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.745 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.107 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.428 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.5 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.362 billion
Total International Gross: $3.745 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.107 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.428 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.6 million
Average International Gross: $267.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $381.7 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.4 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.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.1 Billion Worldwide and Counting

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and after some adjustments stands at $654.4 million worldwide. While the film is lagging other DC films at the same point of time, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office. It has passed Suicide Squad‘s earnings at the foreign box office and is now second for DCU films behind Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $3.4 million behind Big Hero 6 when it comes to worldwide earnings.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $1.1 million worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $850.8 million. The film is about $13 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,314,570 about a $9,000 increase from the previous week. That’s also an improvement in earnings.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $405.3 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $305 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.361 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.744 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.105 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.427 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.4 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.4 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.361 billion
Total International Gross: $3.744 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.105 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.427 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.6 million
Average International Gross: $267.4 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $381.6 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.3 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.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Kingsman Crosses $400 million

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and after some adjustments stands at $652.8 million worldwide. While the film is lagging other DC films at the same point of time, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office. It has passed Suicide Squad‘s earnings at the foreign box office and is now second for DCU films behind Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $16 million behind Man of Steel and could possibly pass its worldwide earnings.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $1 million worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $849.8 million. The film is about $14 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,305,760 about a $9,000 increase from the previous week. That’s also an improvement in earnings.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $400.7 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $300.5 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.360 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.738 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.098 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.420 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.2 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.4 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.5 million and DC lags behind with $435.1 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.360 billion
Total International Gross: $3.738 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.098 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.420 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.5 million
Average International Gross: $267 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $381.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $252.9 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 Best Movies of 2017

No getting around it: 2017 was a slog. But, to get us through the stress of life, at least we could escape for an hour or two into some of the most amazing worlds.

It’s also been an amazing year for the comic book movie and, indeed, all blockbusters. This year the genre really grew up, with complex and challenging fare that deconstructed some of our favorite characters and took them to the next level.

I had a hard time paring it down to just a top 10, so I’m presenting a somewhat more expanded list of things worth seeing and celebrating in 2017. Never before have I had a hair’s breadth separating my top 5, and my top 20 are all worth checking out.

So I’m going to give you the best and then the rest– my top 10 and then the rest of the movies that made my list. Where I reviewed the movie for Graphic Policy, I have also provided a link. To those from before I joined the site or didn’t get a chance to do a full review, oh well. You’ll just have to take my word for it. Oh, and if you care about such things, my bottom 10 list is here.

10. Coco — This is one of Pixar’s best and one of the movies most likely to make me cry. While it has some second act problems, its universal themes of family and remembering are as beautiful as the animation and music here. This is also the first movie in my top 10 with an amazing soundtrack — a common theme among 2017’s best movies.

9. Baby Driver — A musical with car chases. The only problem with this movie is its opening fifteen minutes are so perfect it rarely meets that same level again. This is the movie Edgar Wright did after breaking with Marvel over creative differences about Ant-Man. We are so much the richer for having both of these movies, especially Baby Driver. With career-best performances by some of its cast, it’s a perfect blend of editing, directing, acting, and sound. And it’s just a load of fun.

8. Wonder Woman – Patty Jenkins should be put in charge of the entire DC movie universe. She understands her characters, she understands the gravity and importance they hold for people, and managed to deliver THE iconic moment of 2017 in cinema: the “No Man’s Land” scene.

It’s that moment– when she wears the costume, embraces her powers and her purpose — that we see her origin story in a way rarely ever so fully expressed on screen. Sure, the movie had some problems– a weak villain and a somewhat predictable climax — but it was important in a way few other films in this list were. And it showed that the DCEU could be everything that the Marvel Cinematic Universe could. It’s not only one of the best comic movies of 2017, it’s one of the best of all time.

7. Atomic Blonde — Technically, a comic book movie. And the movie with the best soundtrack of the year, during which we see Charlize Theron kick all sorts of butt. It’s heartfelt, funny, and undeniably cool as they try to out-John-Wick John Wick. Give me more of this, please, perhaps in a shared universe where Charlize and Keanu throw down and then invariably team up.

6. The Shape of Water – What a beautiful film about love among outcasts. The entirety of this film is about noticing the silent people, the forgotten ones, and recognizing the humanity in each of us. Also, sex with fish-people! This is a masterpiece by Guillermo del Toro and worthy of all the nominations and buzz it’s been getting.

5. War for the Planet of the Apes – This is true for basically every other film in my top 5, but this film showed us that effects-driven blockbusters could have intense heart and meaning. It’s unfathomable to me that Gary Oldman will be nominated for acting awards for wearing a fatsuit and portraying Winston Churchill, but Andy Serkis will be snubbed yet again for his creation of an amazingly real character in Caesar. It’s unclear where the Apes franchise goes from here — and writer/director Matt Reeves is setting his sights next on righting The Batman (which makes me all sorts of excited) — but whatever happens, they created an amazing trilogy with a phenomenal third act. Perhaps the only downside is that the social commentary that hits so close for 2017 (humans building a wall as well as other not-so-subtle jabs at Trump) may not age particularly well.

4. Logan – “A man has to be what he is, Joey. Can’t break the mold. I tried it and it didn’t work for me. There’s no living with a killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her… tell her everything’s all right. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.” James Mangold gave us a perfect western that just happened to have Wolverine and Professor X in it. And Jackman and Stewart are amazing. Ok, I lied about Coco. THIS is the most likely thing to make me cry in any movie in 2017.

3. (tie) Your Name – Normally I won’t give in to a tie, but since there is some doubt whether or not this is even a 2017 release (I go by date of wide US release, so that puts us in April of 2017), I’ll go for it. Already the #1 animated film of all time in Japan (with good reason), I’m not sure why this hasn’t become more popular in the US. But that’s what year-end lists are for, right? A story of (literal) star-crossed teens in Japan who seem to be switching bodies becomes the most interesting story of identity, love, and wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey time travel ever. It made me cry at least three times. It’s an amazing film and one which would’ve been in my top 3 for 2016 if I’d known of it then. If that disqualifies it from this list, then my #3 spot goes to. . .


3. (tie) Star Wars: The Last Jedi – It’s amazing. You know this. I love it for all the ways it blows open the Star Wars universe into something even bigger and more important. Plus, porgs. It, Logan, and Apes all showed that blockbuster filmmaking could be thoughtful and not just deliver a rehash of the expectations of the franchise. Star Wars is my favorite thing of all time, and this delivers in ways I didn’t know were possible. I’m greatly anticipating both Episodes IX and the new trilogy Rian Johnson will deliver to us.

2. Get Out – Usually a movie will come out early in the year and become a high water mark for me for the year. Then every film I see after I’ll just ask, “Was this better than [Get Out]?” Few movies made it close, but it stands strong at the end of the year as the most important movie of 2017 and only a hair’s breadth off of my #1. This was such an amazing effort from Jordan Peele. It was an atmospheric, psychological thriller and the most biting social commentary of the decade– and exactly what we need to hear in 2017. Unfortunately, the people who most need to see and understand this film never will.

1. Blade Runner 2049 – I’m still not sure why this failed to resonate with audiences. It was supremely beautiful, important, thoughtful—in essence, the opposite of the Spirit of 2017, so I guess it makes sense. It’s shameful to see this getting forgotten in so many year-end lists and awards considerations. If Roger Deakins doesn’t win a cinematography Oscar for this, we have failed as a society.

So, that’s it. Here’s the rest of my list:

11. A Monster Calls — All the tears for this gorgeous and touching film that somehow never caught on.

12. Detroit — If Blade Runner hadn’t flopped at the box office, this is my vote for most underrated movie of 2017.

13. Spider-Man: Homecoming – This was the Spider-Man movie we needed, with John Hughes meets the MCU. Let’s hope Sony and Marvel’s partnership continue to yield such spectacular results.

14. The Big Sick — The best comedy of the year, Kumail Nanjiani’s true story of clashes of cultures and medically induced comas is amazing and worth everyone’s time.

15. Beatriz at Dinner — This should be renamed “Micro-aggressions the Movie” as massage therapist Beatriz (an impeccable and Oscar-worthy  Salma Hayek) ends up at a dinner party thrown by one of her high end clients facing off against a Donald-Trump type developer (an equally impeccable Jon Lithgow). It’s amazing and the ending will depress the hell out of you.

16. The Greatest Showman — Hugh Jackman took the money he made from Logan and used it to produce this musical ostensibly about PT Barnum but in reality about the strange and wonderful family among society’s outcasts and “freaks” that make up his circus. If I could put the historical revisionism aside, this would end up in my top 10, but Barnum was a monster. But as a story about putting people of all shapes, colors, and abilities up on screen and seeing them as people? This is tops. Keala Settle, who plays the bearded lady, deserves an Oscar nomination. And this will get multiple nominations for best song, from the people who brought you La La Land last year.

17. Brigsby Bear – What if you were kidnapped as a child and the only media your reclusive parents let you watch was a specially-made-for-you childrens’ program? This film from the mind of SNL’s Kyle Mooney then becomes a unique, innocent look at the pure joy of fandom and sharing something you love with new people and the lengths you’d go to do it. Also featuring a supporting role by Mark Hammil, this is another great little film that flew under the radar but is worth your attention.

18. Thor: Ragnarok — This is Thor’s best movie to date and one of the most fun movies ever in the MCU. Some people complained the movie had “too many jokes,” but making a buddy comedy with superheroes is something that was long overdue and sorely needed late in 2017. Whatever writer/director Taika Waititi is doing next, I’m watching it.

19. The Disaster Artist — The movie that launched a thousand terrible reaction gifs finally gets its Ed Wood treatment. The Room is awful, but somehow James and Dave Franco make us fall in love with it and its mysterious director Tommy Wiseau. For that, and their loving shot for shot recreations of some of the film’s most heinous scenes, this was incredibly fun. It’s also the type of movie Hollywood loves– a movie about making movies.

20. Molly’s Game — A superserving of Sorkin will hit all the right notes for his fans.

21. Okja — If The Disaster Artist is to The Room what Ed Wood is to Plan 9 From Outer Space, then this satire from Bong Joon-ho (thanks to Netflix for making it) is the Dr. Strangelove of global agribusiness and capitalism. It took this movie a while to take off, but when it did, it became intensely satisfying. When it wasn’t skewering the corporation that totally wasn’t Monsanto, it was also just a tender story about a girl and her giant genetically modified pet “super pig.”

22. The Post — Steven Spielberg’s latest is perhaps the most important movie for the turn of 2017 to 2018 about the decision to print the Pentagon Papers by The Washington Post. Buried in the Oscarbait is an important story about the freedom of the press and a rogue White House intent on crushing it. I just wish it was told slightly better and that 80% of the time I wasn’t wishing I were watching All the President’s Men or The Fog of War. 

23. The Lego Batman Movie — A movie about family, a movie about feminism, and just the greatest mishmash of toy mayhem ever seen on screen. This was the best Batman we saw on screen all year.

24. Dunkirk — I won’t lie, I had some problems with Dunkirk. Mostly I thought Nolan was spending too much time showing us how clever he was instead of just giving us a good movie. But I can’t deny the artistry and pure filmmaking prowess that went into this. I still think the best way to illuminate my problems is to compare it to Detroit, which I did in my review here. 

25. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — “I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” may be one of my favorite moments on screen all year. And then, that ending was just too perfect. This movie had a lot going for it, but the fact that it ended up at #25 is a testament to just how good so many movies were this year.

26. IT — This was everything we needed in the fall of 2017. Funny, smart, and incredibly scary, it also gave us one of the best comedy moments of the year, too, with an SNL skit of Kellyanne Conway as Kellywise the Clown trying to lure Anderson Cooper into the Trump Sewer.

27. John Wick Chapter 2 — Sometimes sequels really deliver, and this was one instance of that. Once again, we get the beautiful ultra-violence of this universe and without all of that boring exposition or deeper meaning. Sometimes you just want to watch the world burn, and for that, there’s always John Wick.

28. Power Rangers — This might surprise people, but I liked the Power Rangers movie far more than it deserved. Never a fan of the original, this still brought me in with it intense heart and third act action sequence that dared you not to smile from ear to ear. Oh, and also Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa was a thing of beauty. Say it with me: “Krispy Kreme.”

29. Wind River — Taylor Sheridan knocks it out of the park again with an amazing script about a murder mystery and the intersection of the oil industry and reservation life. How does one get justice in the face of corporate coverups and mixed jurisdiction? The scene with Jon Berenthal is one of the most gripping and brutal things I saw all year.

30. [tie] It Comes at Night — Speaking of inhumanity and suspense, we get a case study in minimalism of just how much a director can do with basic sets and a basic premise: a plague wipes out most of humanity and one family must make decisions about whether or not to trust strangers to guarantee their survival. The title is misleading and don’t get snookered into thinking anything more supernatural is happening. There’s no monsters. Just death. Just people. And that’s the true horror.

[tie] Ingrid Goes West — Again, I hate ties, but I feel like this provides a great counterpoint to It Comes at Night. Except in this case, the monster that haunts us is social media, stalking, and depression. Aubrey Plaza is perfect as Ingrid, who moves to LA and ends up stalking an “Instagram celebrity” played by Elizabeth Olson to try to find her way into her life. O’Shea Jackson (Jr.) shows up as a Batman-obsessed would-be screenwriter. The final reveal of the film almost feels like the end of a slasher movie when we see the killer supernaturally rises from where we thought we had killed it. Fun and thoughtful.

So, yeah, that’s a lot of movies. To be fair, there were a few I missed, so apologies. But what about you? What did I miss? What did I overrate? What did I underrate?

Let us know, and here’s hoping we have as amazing a 2018 as we did a 2017– at least in movies. And from Black Panther in February to Mary Poppins in December with Avengers: Infinity War, Solo, and Incredibles 2 in between, my expectations are set abnormally and unreasonably high.

Let’s see what 2018 gives us.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Justice League Crosses $650 Million

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office adding $6 million over the past week. While the film is lagging other DC films at the same point of time, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office when it comes to percent. It passed Suicide Squad‘s earnings at the foreign box office and is now second for DCU films behind Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $16 million behind Man of Steel and could possibly pass its worldwide earnings. It also moved past Thor: The Dark World the past weekend for worldwide earnings and will likely pass Big Hero 6.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $1 million to its domestic total which is now $311.4 million. Worldwide the film has earned $848 million. It’ll end the year at #7 for earnings. The film is about $15 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,296,753 about a $7,000 increase.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down and right now is fighting to pass the $400 million mark. It stands at $395.5 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $295.3 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million. It opens in Japan this January which should push the film across the $400 million mark.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.353 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.729 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.081 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.403 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $316.9 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.2 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.4 million and DC lags behind with $435.3 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.358 billion
Total International Gross: $3.733 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.091 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.413 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.4 million
Average International Gross: $266.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $380.7 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $252.4 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.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Justice League Nears $650 Million

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office adding $12 million over the past week. While the film is lagging other DC films at the same point of time, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office when it comes to percent. It passed Suicide Squad‘s earnings at the foreign box office over the past weekend and is now second for DCU films behind Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office and will likely settle in the $650 million range possibly eking out a slight profit.

Thor: Ragnarok was #18 for the weekend and added $814,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $309.1 million and $844.5 million worldwide. It’ll end the year at #7. The film is about $19 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and while it’s possible it might pass it, it won’t likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,289,452 about a $50,000 increase.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down and right now is fighting to pass the $400 million mark. It stands at $395.5 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $295.3 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.353 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.729 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.081 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.403 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $316.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.2 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.4 million and DC lags behind with $434.7 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.353 billion
Total International Gross: $3.729 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.081 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.403 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.0 million
Average International Gross: $266.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $380.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $251.8 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.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. My Friend Dahmer Crosses $1 million

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office adding $20 million over the past week. While the film is lagging other DC films at the same point of time, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office when it comes to percent. Its passed Wonder Woman when it comes to international earnings. Suicide Squad is not out of the realm of possibility as well. The film is earning a little over 65% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office and will likely settle in the $650 million range.

Thor: Ragnarok was #7 at the box office dropping from last week’s #5. The film earned an estimated $3 million to bring its domestic total to $306.4 million. The film has also earned $535.4 million at the foreign box office bringing its worldwide total to $841.8 million. The film is about $22 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and has a chance to pass it. It’s also $10 million behind Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s international gross, which was the top for the year as far as comic adaptations.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,246,287 about a $247,000 increase. Blade of the Immortal didn’t do all that much domestically with its total only standing at $150,532, a $5,000 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down and right now is fighting to pass the $400 million mark. It stands at $395.4 million. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $295.2 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.346 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.719 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.065 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.387 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $315.7 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.1 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.4 million and DC lags behind with $432.8 million. This will change a lot over the next few weeks and traditionally DC films out earn Marvel films domestically.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.346 billion
Total International Gross: $3.719 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.065 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.387 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $146.6 million
Average International Gross: $265.7 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $379.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $250.8 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.

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