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The Kitchen Continues to Circle the Drain as 2018 Wraps Up

The Kitchen

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not. With 2018’s films wrapped up, we turn our focus squarely on 2019. We’ll have a deep dive into 2018 later today. But, on to 2019!


The Kitchen, based on the Vertigo comic miniseries, continues to struggle at the box office. Coming in at #13 this past weekend, the film dropped 60.1% in its second weekend earning an estimated $2.2 million to bring its domestic total to $10.4 million. It barely doubled its domestic total over the week. The movie has also earned around $252,000 at the international box office. With a $38 million budget, the movie will have to fight to earn its production value back. It’s currently the worst performing comic film of 2019 in all measurements.

This past weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home came in at #12 earning an estimated $2.8 million to bring its domestic total to $376.6 million. The film also earned $203,000 internationally over the week where its total stands at $726.2 million. Worldwide it has earned $1.103 billion. While the film is the highest-grossing Spider-Man film worldwide, it’s still only second domestically. The original 2002 Spider-Man holds the top title with $403.7 million.

Avengers: Endgame is still bringing in money after 17 weeks. Coming in at #25 it added $98,000 to its domestic total. The film stands at $858.1 million domestically. Over the week, the film earned $480,000 internationally. It has earned $1.938 internationally for a worldwide total of $2.796 billion.

Dark Phoenix wasn’t on the weekend chart but brought in $19,000 over the week domestically. The film has earned $65.8 million domestically and $185.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $252.4 million.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.017 billion
Total International Gross: $4.198 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.214 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.234 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.981 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $224.1 million
Average International Gross: $466.4 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $690.5 million
Average Budget: $137.1 million
Average Profit: $553.4 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$858,139,646
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$376,629,545
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$10,372,285
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,937,556,293
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$726,203,622
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,100,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB$252,918
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,795,695,939
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$1,102,833,167
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,471,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,442,974
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$10,625,203
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,439,695,939
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$942,833,167
Shazam!WB$264,471,656
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-$26,374,797
FilmStudioGross/Budget
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.85
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony6.89
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.64
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.29

Good Boys Unseats Hobbs & Shaw and Takes First at the Weekend Box Office

Good Boys

A Universal film replaced another Universal film for first place as Good Boys took the top spot with an estimated $21 million. The studio has now taken first three weekends in a row.

Good Boys looks to be a solid entry at the movies as it has an 89% audience score with RottenTomatoes and a “B+” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. The crowd was 52% male and 59% of the audience was aged 25 or older.

Internationally, the film opened in 13 markets and earned an estimated $2.1 million for $23.1 million worldwide. The film was predicted to have a $20.5 million domestic opening and with a $20 million budget, the film seems to be doing well.

It’s also only the third original film to top the weekend box office. It also helped push Universal over the $1 billion mark for the domestic box office, the second studio to do so in 2019.

In second place was Hobbs & Shaw which earned an estimated $14.1 million to bring its domestic total to $133.7 million. Internationally, the film added $45.7 million to its total. Overseas it’s earned $303.3 million for a worldwide total of $437 million. The film is right in the middle of the pack when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise for worldwide earnings.

In third place was The Lion King which added to Disney’s box office dominance. The film added $11.9 million to its domestic total and that now stands at $496.1 million. It also added $33.8 million overseas and that total stands at $939.1 million for a $1.435 billion total. It now ranks at #9 for worldwide grosses passing Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 debuted on Tuesday and struggled for the week. Angry Birds 2 mustered an estimated $10.5 million for a $16.2 million six-day total. The original film earned $38 million in its first three days. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore for an audience that as 51% female and crowd that was 53% aged 25 or older.

Rounding out the top five was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The film earned an estimated $10 million in its second weekend. The domestic total now stands at $40.2 million after two weeks. Internationally it added $5.6 million for a total of $14.1 million and a worldwide total of $54.3 million off of a $25 million budget.

When it comes to films based on comics…

Spider-Man: Far From Home came in at #12 earning an estimated $2.8 million to bring its domestic total to $376.6 million.

The Kitchen continues to struggle and came in at #13. The film dropped 60.1% in its second weekend earning an estimated $2.2 million to bring its domestic total to $10.4 million. With a $38 million budget, the film will have to fight to earn it back.

Avengers: Endgame continues to bring in dollars coming in at #25 and adding $98,000 to its domestic total. The film stands at $858.1 million domestically.

The Kitchen Opens Below Expectations

Comic film adaptations are big dollars and we track how they do each week to see trends and what’s working and what’s not.


2018 wraps up

This past week no film released in 2018 added to their total. That’s two weeks in a row so we’re counting 2018’s releases as done. We’ll have a dive into how 2018 compared to previous years and the general takeaway for comic films.

But, so far…

2018 is a record-setting year for comic film adaptations. It has topped 2017’s then record year and then some. Currently, comic adaptations have earned $2.697 billion domestically, $4.563 billion internationally, $7.260 billion worldwide, with a “profit” of $6.048 billion. That’s off of 10 films. 2017, with 16 films, saw domestic earnings of $2.365 billion, international earnings of $3.755 billion, worldwide earnings of $6.120 billion, and “profits” of $4.442 billion.

Here’s where 2018’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.697 billion
Total International Gross: $4.563 billion
Worldwide Gross: $7.260 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.187 billion
Total “Profit”: $6.048 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $269.7 million
Average International Gross: $456.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $726.0 million
Average Budget: $131.9 million
Average Profit: $672.0 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.


And on to 2019!

The Kitchen debuted at #7 with an estimated $5.5 million. That’s well below expectations which had it earning between $6 and $11 million. The film earned a “B-” CinemaScore from an audience that was 51% female and 89% were over the age of 25. The film is based on the Vertigo comic miniseries.

Reviews weren’t kind for the film which has just 21% approval from critics and 69% from the audience on RottenTomatoes.

This past weekend, Spider-Man: Far From Home was #8 for the weekend with an estimated $5.3 million to bring its domestic total to $371 million after 6 weeks. It also earned $11 million at the international box office to bring that total to $726 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $1.097 billion passing The Dark Knight Rises in all-time grosses for a film based on a comic.

Avengers: Endgame is still bringing in money after 16 weeks. It earned $197,000 over the weekend to increase its domestic total to $857.9 million. Over the week, the film earned about $75,000 internationally to bring that total to $1.937 billion and $2.795 billion worldwide.

Dark Phoenix brought in $31,000 over the weekend and about $60,000 over the week domestically. Internationally, the film added $20,000 to its total over the week. The film has earned $65.8 million domestically and $185.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of $252.4 million.


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

Total Domestic Gross: $2.006 billion
Total International Gross: $4.197 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.202 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.234 billion
Total “Profit”: $4.969 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $222.9 million
Average International Gross: $524.6 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $689.2 million
Average Budget: $137.1 million
Average Profit: $52.1 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.

FilmStudioDomestic Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$857,916,768
Captain MarvelBV$426,829,839
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$370,972,490
Shazam!WB$140,371,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$85,710,210
Dark PhoenixFox$65,826,828
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$30,712,119
HellboyLions$21,903,748
The KitchenWB$5,510,000
FilmStudioInternational Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$1,937,175,567
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$726,000,000
Captain MarvelBV$701,444,955
Alita: Battle AngelFox$319,142,333
Shazam!WB$224,100,000
Dark PhoenixFox$186,597,000
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$83,390,702
HellboyLions$18,882,732
The KitchenWB
FilmStudioWorldwide Gross
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,795,092,335
Captain MarvelBV$1,128,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$1,096,972,490
Alita: Battle AngelFox$404,852,543
Shazam!WB$364,471,656
Dark PhoenixFox$252,423,828
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$114,102,821
HellboyLions$40,786,480
The KitchenWB$5,510,000
FilmStudioGross-Budget
Avengers: EndgameBV$2,439,092,335
Captain MarvelBV$976,274,794
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony$936,972,490
Shazam!WB$264,471,656
Alita: Battle AngelFox$234,852,543
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films$105,602,821
Dark PhoenixFox$52,423,828
HellboyLions-$9,213,520
The KitchenWB-$31,490,000
FilmStudioGross/Budget
Dragon Ball Super: BrolyFUNamation Films13.42
Avengers: EndgameBV7.85
Spider-Man: Far From HomeSony6.86
Captain MarvelBV4.61
Shazam!WB3.64
Alita: Battle AngelFox2.38
Dark PhoenixFox1.26
HellboyLions0.82
The KitchenWB0.15

Hobbs & Shaw Repeats in First By a Car Length at the Weekend Box Office

Hobbs & Shaw

It wasn’t a close race at the weekend box office as Hobbs & Shaw repeated in first place holding on to the spot for a second weekend. The film dipped 51% to earn an estimated $25.4 million. That brings its domestic total to $108.5 million.

Internationally, the film earned $60.8 million to bring its foreign earnings to $224.1 million. The film has earned $332.6 million worldwide after two weeks. The film opens in South Korea on August 14 and China on August 23. Expect a massive boost in foreign earnings then.

In second place was Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark which debuted with an estimated $20.8 million. The film received a “C” CinemaScore from the opening audience with a crowd that was 57% female and 54% aged 25 or older.

The Lion King remake came in third place with an estimated $20 million. After four weeks, the film has earned $473.1 million. Internationally, the film added $9.3 million to its total. That total now stands at $861.5 million for a worldwide total of $1.334 billion. The film is the second-highest-grossing film of the year.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold debuted in fourth place with an estimated $17 million. The film earned an “A” CinemaScore from the opening day audience which was 57% female and 54% aged 25 or older. Internationally, the film debuted in 11 markets and earned $2.5 million.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood rounded out the top five with an estimated $11.6 million to bring its domestic total to $100.3 million after 3 weeks.

In comic related films….

The Kitchen debuted at #7 with an estimated $5.5 million. That’s well below expectations. The film earned a “B-” CinemaScore from an audience that was 51% female and 89% were over the age of 25.

Spider-Man: Far From Home was #8 for the weekend with an estimated $5.3 million to bring its domestic total to $371 million after 6 weeks.

Avengers: Endgame is still bringing in money after 16 weeks. It has earned $197,000 to increase its domestic total to $857.9 million.

Dark Phoenix added $31,000 to its domestic total to bring that to $65.8 million and coming in at #34.

Movie Review: The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Kitchen is a great late-summer surprise. It’s that perfect blend of familiar formula (gangland drama in 1970’s New York City) with a new twist (a feminist anthem about the women taking over.) Oh, and it’s an adaption of a Vertigo comic from writer and director Andrea Berloff, who previously scripted Strait Outta Compton. Add in a trifecta of some of today’s most interesting working actresses– Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elizabeth Moss— and you have my full attention. Summer 2019 has been a deluge of franchises, sequels, reboots, and remakes. The Kitchen breaks that mold by being something new and original.

And, folks, I am sick and tired of hearing people complain, “Hollywood never makes anything original!” “There aren’t enough female directors!” Well, here’s a chance for you to put your money where your mouth is. The only way to send a signal that you want more of this is to support it with your dollars. Support this with your dollars.

McCarthy plays Kathy, a streetsmart wife of a ne’er-do-well member of the local Irish mob in Hell’s Kitchen. Haddish is Ruby, who married a real piece of work but who is a member of the top Irish family in the neighborhood. And Moss is Claire, abused and cowed by her husband. When their husbands get sent up the river for a botched liquor store robbery, they band together, and then take over and show the lowlifes running their neighborhood how it’s really done.

Moss has the most interesting character arc as she learns to take her agency back — by force if necessary — and also forms a really beautiful Bonnie and Clyde type romance with Domnhall Gleeson, a messed up Vietnam vet who is important as the muscle of their nascent gang.

Haddish brings great energy to the mix, bringing to light her outsider status because of her skin color even though she married into a powerful mob family. As she begins to take her own power, she is a great character study in both what to do and what not to do to take your power back.

McCarthy is one of the most versatile and talented actors working today. Comedy, drama, action, sweet, spicy, salty, dirty, or squeaky clean, she can play anything. As in the best of her roles, she is a giving performer who pushes her costars to shine, even as she shines herself. Berloff’s direction and writing are the right touches here, forging and melding both a textual and metatextual message through McCarthy’s giving performance and the story itself into a powerful, feminist message about how patriarchy tries to divide women and make them compete with each other, but the better way is a femme-forward cooperation that makes everyone profit. McCarthy could’ve hogged the spotlight. Instead, she shares the bill perfectly with Haddish and Moss. Way to go, sisters.

It’s also a smart, cool gangland story that lets these three be badasses. As I09 founder Charlie Jane Anders wrote a few months back, we don’t just need “strong” female characters– we need complex characters “who make mistakes, and screw up, and hurt people, and learn from their disasters.” McCarthy’s portrayal of Kathy is motherly, but she’s also as complex and flawed as Al Pacino in The Godfather, Robert DeNiro in The Godfather II, Denzel Washington in American Gangster.  She gives that same nuanced performance here–although running off a very different kind of energy–and it’s dynamite.

Haddish and Moss do as much wrong as they do right. They’re strong and they’re weak. They are working for something bigger and better, and they also fall prey to their own humanity. These are the complex, strong female characters we need.

And perhaps in a refreshing turn, the only character who feels a little thin is Gleeson’s, whose character is really only motivated as an accessory to the women in the story. Does that make you uncomfortable? It might be a signal for all of these generally underwritten female characters in these male-driven gangland dramas.

All of this adds up to a refreshing late-summer cocktail that’s the perfect blend of sweet, sour, and strong like a spicy frozen margarita.

Some critics have compared this to last year’s Widows, and while that’s not a terrible comparison, it’s also a relatively facile one. The only real comparison is they’re both female-cast-forward films, but Widows is a heist film. The Kitchen is a gangland movie. It’s like comparing Godfather Part II and Heat just because they both have Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in them. But they’re fundamentally different kinds of movies. Widows never felt quite as explicitly feminist, but it did have a more subversive political message about Chicago racial politics. The Kitchen is also far more gritty, thanks to its 1978 Hell’s Kitchen setting compared to 2018 Chicago. Also, I’m not sure on what planet comparing a movie to another good movie is in any way a put-down. “It’s a lot like Goodfellas.” “Oh, ok, then I’ll definitely pass.” What?

August is normally a dumping ground for films studios don’t quite know what to do with or how to market. The only reason people might be concerned about the film is discomfort with its Gloria-Steinem era second-wave feminist ethos, which almost seems quaint 40 years later. Don’t be fooled by the lack of buzz, The Kitchen is worth getting back into.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Production Has Begun on the Vertigo Comic Series, The Kitchen

Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s gritty drama The Kitchen. The film is written and directed by Andrea Berloff, who was nominated for an Oscar for the original screenplay for Straight Outta ComptonThe Kitchen is based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC Entertainment, written/created by Ollie Masters, with art/created by Ming Doyle, and covers by Becky Cloonan.

The film stars Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss as three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands are sent to prison by the FBI. Left with little but a sharp ax to grind, the ladies take the Irish mafia’s matters into their own hands—proving unexpectedly adept at everything from running the rackets to taking out the competition…literally.

The Kitchen also stars Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Margo Martindale, Oscar winner Common, Bill Camp, Jeremy Bobb, Alicia Coppola, John Sharian, and Myk Watford.

Multiple Oscar nominee Michael De Luca and Marcus Viscidi are producing. Berloff’s creative team includes director of photography Maryse Alberti, production designer Shane Valentino, Oscar-nominated editor Christopher Tellefsen, and costume designer Sarah Edwards.

Principal photography will take place primarily in and around the film’s setting, New York City’s famed Hell’s Kitchen.

The Kitchen is currently set for release on September 20, 2019.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on reading? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Announcing the nominees for the 2018 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity – Congrats to all.

Variety – Melissa McCarthy Joins Tiffany Haddish in Mob Drama ‘The Kitchen’ – Interesting addition.

Kotaku – Don’t Expect Much From Lego Marvel 2’s Black Panther DLC – Awe.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Talking Comics – The Wicked + The Divine 1923

Around the Tubes

Justice League is out in the theaters! Who has already seen it? Who’s planning on seeing it? Sound off in the comments below! While you contemplate all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Marvel Cancels Powers and United States OF Murder Inc. – Is anyone surprised?

The Beat – Liam Sharp to revive The Brave and the Bold for DC in February – Nice. That’s a series a lot of folks wanted to see return.

Engadget – Hollywood strikes back against illegal streaming Kodi add-ons – And the battle continues.

CBR – Christopher Tolkien Resigns as Tolkien Estate Director – This is a pretty big deal.

The Outhouse – Film Adaptation Of Vertigo’s The Kitchen Gets Tiffany Haddish – Great comic if you’ve never read it.

 

Reviews

CBR – Coyotes #1

The Beat – Imaginary Friends #1

Talking Comics – Moon Knight #188

Comic Attack – Ninja-K #1

Around the Tubes

the kitchen #1 coverThe weekend is almost here. Some of the GP crew have a long weekend, which is good, because at least one of us has to write a review for a certain Canadian Mutant who has a movie coming out soon… Snikt.

While you wait for work to end and the weekend begins, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

BoardGameGeek News – Codenames to Get Disney/Pixar and Marvel Comics Editions in Q4 2017 – Very Cool. The Marvel edition could be really fun.

JoBlo – Kevin Smith set to develop Todd McFarlane’s Sam & Twitch for BBC America – Yes please!

The Outhousers – DC Announces New Wonder Woman Day – Woo hoo!

Newsarama – Report: Movie Adaptation of Vertigo’s’ The Kitchen Gets Female Director – Such a good series.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Super Sons #1

Holiday Gift Guide: Graphic Novels

With the holidays around the corner and folks deciding on what to get, or taking advantage of deals, we’re putting together our suggestions for what to get that geek in your life.

I picked out five graphic novels for people of all ages and interests. Below are some of the lowest prices we found for each graphic novel:

 

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