Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday's Headlines | Weekend Box Office

Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog made a loud boom at the Presidents Day box office with a three-day domestic opening of $57 million, a record for a video game adaptation. The film's projected four-day gross of $68 million is among the best showings ever for the long holiday weekend, which coincided this year with Valentine's Day.

Previously, 2019's Pokemon Detective Pikachu boasted the top North American debut for a video game adaptation with a three-day start of $54.3 million, not adjusted for inflation.

Overseas, Sonic the Hedgehog launched to a strong $43 million from its first 40 markets for a global bow of $100 million through Sunday, and $111 million through Monday. Top markets included Mexico ($6.7 million) and the U.K. ($6.2 million).

The $87 million film — which received an A CinemaScore — is based on the popular Sega video game and sees the titular character (voiced by Ben Schwartz) team up with a small-town sheriff (James Marsden) to battle the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).

Sonic the Hedgehog's better-than-expected launch is a big win for Paramount and director Jeff Fowler, who redesigned the character after a loud outcry from fans even though it meant pushing the film's release date.

Sonic quashed its next closet rival, Warner Bros. and DC's Birds of Prey, which fell to No. 2 in its second weekend with an estimated $17 million over the three days and $19 million for the four-day frame. The troubled superhero pic tumbled 48 percent, a steep drop for a holiday weekend, to finish Monday with a domestic total of $61.7 million. Internationally, it took in $23 million in its sophomore outing for a foreign tally of $83.6 million.

Sony's Blumhouse-produced Fantasy Island, a horror reimagining of the classic television series of the same name, bowed in third place with an estimated $12.4 million for the three days and $14 million for the four despite getting tagged with a C- CinemaScore.

Overseas, Fantasy Island scared up $7.6 million from its first 35 markets for a global start of $21.6 million. Directed and written by Jeff Wadlow, the $7 million pic stars Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen and Michael Rooker.

Universal and producer Will Packer's The Photograph followed in fourth place with a three-day opening of $12.3 million and projected four-day gross of $13.4 million. The romantic drama — timed to Valentine's Day — stars Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield and was written and directed by Stella Meghie. The $15 million film received a B+ CinemaScore.

After Sonic the Hedgehog, the weekend's other big headline was Bong Joon Ho's Parasite, which feasted on its top Oscar wins by grossing a huge $5.5 million for the three days — its biggest weekend to date — and an estimated $6.7 million for the four.

The specialty film from Neon, which first opened in select theaters in early October, moved up the chart to No. 7 as it expanded its theater count to 2,001 sites, its widest footprint to date. Its U.S. total through Monday is an estimated $44.3 million, one of the best showings ever for a foreign-language film. And according to Neon, it enjoyed the biggest post-Oscar jump of any best-picture winner — or 941 percent — in a decade.

Parasite even topped the new specialty pic Downhill, starring Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. From Searchlight, Downhill opened to $4.7 million for the three days and $5.2 million for the four days after flunking with a D CinemaScore from audiences. The black comedy, which made its premiere last month at the Sundance Film Festival, opted to open nationwide in 2,301 cinemas versus a limited release.

Elsewhere, Bad Boys for Life rounded out the top five with $11.3 million for the three days and an estimated $12.8 million for the four, putting the pic's worldwide cume at a dazzling $370 million through Monday.

Sam Mendes' 1917 followed in sixth place with an estimated $8.1 million for the three days and $9.4 million for the four. Overseas, the Amblin and Universal release took in another $13.6 million as it marched past the $178 million mark internationally for a worldwide total of roughly $322 million. (The movie's stellar global cume should help to ease the sting of losing the best picture Oscar race to Parasite.)

Monday's Headlines | Happy Presidents Day!

Happy Presidents Day!

If you have nothing to do today? Well, stop by your local comic book store and read some awesome titles! Either way, have a great day!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Weekend Headlines | JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY BRAD MELTZER: THE DELUXE EDITION HC

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY BRAD MELTZER: THE DELUXE EDITION HC
written by BRAD MELTZER and GEOFF JOHNS
art by ED BENES, DALE EAGLESHAM, SHANE DAVIS, GENE HA, and others
cover by ED BENES
New York Times bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer’s entire run on Justice League of America is collected for the first time! After the darkest hour in the history of the DC Universe, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman meet to choose who will make up the new Justice League of America. Then, the new team discovers that several members of the Legion of Super-Heroes are in the present! With the help of the Justice Society of America, Superman and his team must track down all seven Legionnaires to discover why these heroes have traveled back in time! Collects Justice League of America (2006) #0-12 and Justice Society of America (2006) #5-6.
ON SALE 06.10.20
$39.99 US | 7.0625” x 10.875” | 470 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-245-2

Weekend Headlines | ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE VOL. 1 HC

ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE VOL. 1 HC NEW PRINTING
written by ALAN MOORE
art by STEPHEN BISSETTE, JOHN TOTLEBEN, SHAWN McMANUS, DAN DAY, RICK VEITCH, ALFREDO ALCALA, and others
cover by STEPHEN BISSETTE and JOHN TOTLEBEN
The sold-out Absolute edition is back! This first of three volumes includes Alan Moore’s first Swamp Thing story, issue #20’s “Loose Ends,” a prelude to his haunting origin story, “The Anatomy Lesson,” which reshapes Swamp Thing’s mythology with terrifying revelations. Collects Saga of the Swamp Thing #20-34 and Swamp Thing Annual #2.
ON SALE 10.07.20
$99.99 US | 448 PAGES | 8.25” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8493-0
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

Weekend Headlines | DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD DELUXE EDITION HC

DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD DELUXE EDITION HC
written by FRANK MILLER
art and cover by RAFAEL GRAMPá
Frank Miller’s return to the Dark Knight universe gets the deluxe edition treatment!
It’s been three years since the events of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Lara has spent the time learning to be more human, and Carrie Kelley has been growing into her new role as Batwoman. But a terrifying evil has returned to Gotham City, and Lara and Carrie must team up to stop this growing threat—and they have a secret weapon. Young Jonathan Kent, “the golden child,” has a power inside of him unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it’s about to be unleashed...
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is Frank Miller’s return to the world of the Dark Knight, and joining him is superstar artist Rafael Grampá, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking Mesmo Delivery, plus behind-the-scenes materials.
ON SALE 06.10.20
$17.99 US | 80 PAGES
7.0625” x 10.875”

Weekend Headlines | LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: MATT WAGNER HC

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: MATT WAGNER HC
written by MATT WAGNER
art and cover by MATT WAGNER
Writer/artist Matt Wagner’s noir tales of the Dark Knight are collected in a single volume for the first time! Batman has spent his first year fighting organized crime—but nothing in his early career as the Caped Crusader has prepared him for the new menace facing Gotham City: super-villains! Plus, Two-Face creates an army of deformed slaves! Collects Batman and the Monster Men #1-6, Batman and the Mad Monk #1-6, Batman: Riddler: The Riddle Factory #1, Batman #54, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30, and a story from Batman Black and White #3.
ON SALE 06.03.20
$49.99 US | 488 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-259-9

Weekend Headlines | BATGIRL VOL. 7: ORACLE RISING TP

BATGIRL VOL. 7: ORACLE RISING TP
written by CECIL CASTELLUCCI
art and cover by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO
Eager to prove himself as a guardian for the criminals of Gotham City, Killer Moth has set his sights on taking out one of Gotham’s finest heroes...Batgirl! But Lex Luthor has already beaten him to it—he’s brought Oracle back online. Oracle makes her move to confront the creator who abandoned her...Batgirl! With Oracle calling the shots in Burnside, Batgirl must figure out how to survive her nightmare opponent. Collects Batgirl #37-44.
ON SALE 06.10.20
$19.99 US | 192 PAGES
FC | ISBN: 978-1-77950-246-9

Weekend Headlines | January Top Selling Items

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1INCREDIBLE HULK BY PETER DAVID OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$125.00JUL191095-MMAR
2CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC$125.00JUL191093-MMAR
3HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC$60.00SEP190963-MMAR
4ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TP$29.99OCT191107MAR
5DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC$100.00JUL191088MAR
6JUNJI ITO: NO LONGER HUMAN HC (MR)$34.99OCT192289VIZ
7WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
8BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE OMNIBUS HC$125.00MAY190477DC
9MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL VOL. 14 HC$75.00JUL191091-MMAR
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: MAXIMUM CARNAGE TP$39.99OCT191135MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DOCTOR WHO: STAR TALES HC$16.99MAY198373PEN
2DOCTOR WHOL REVELATION OF THE DALEKS HC$16.99JAN198797PEN
3BLACK WIDOW LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV191744RAN
4OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 49 SC$29.95APR191757-MGEM
5BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
6SWORD ART ONLINE VOL. 18: ALICIZATION LASTING SC$14.00OCT192330YEN
7FROZEN: I AM ELSA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV191746RAN
8FROZEN: I AM ANNA LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK$4.99NOV191745RAN
9THE SHADOW NOVEL VOL. 151 SC$19.95DEC191846SAN
10THE SHADOW NOVEL VOL. 150 SC$19.95DEC191845SAN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1POP! MARVEL HEROES: THANOS SNAP 6-INCH DELUXE VINYL FIGUREMAY198251FUN
2DARK NIGHTS METAL: THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBINS DELUXE STATUEMAY190542DC
3DC BOMBSHELLS: DEATH STATUEMAY190539DC
4FANTASTIC FOUR LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESSEP198358HAS
5SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS 6-INCH ACTION FIGURESSEP198357HAS
6POP! DRAGON BALL Z: SUPER SAIYAN 2 VEGETA VINYL FIGUREJAN199073FUN
7MARVEL ANIMATED: VENOM & SPIDER-MAN STATUEJUN192393DST
8MARVEL SELECT: AVENGERS ENDGAME: HERO SUIT HULK FIGUREJUL192664DST
9MARVEL SELECT: SPIDER-MAN PS4 VIDEO GAME FIGUREAUG192734DST
10MARVEL GALLERY: 1990S SPIDER-MAN PVC FIGUREJUN192391DST

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED
RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
2STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
3CREATURE CODEX HCJUL183073PAI
4PATHFINDER CORE RULEBOOK SPECIAL EDITION HC (P2)MAY193228PAI
5D&D ICONS OF THE REALM: VOLO & MORDENKAINEN BOOSTER BRICKMAY198224NEC
6PATHFINDER: GAME MASTER SCREEN (P2)MAY193238PAI
7PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOKJUN091729PAI
8PATHFINDER: BESTIARY HC (P2)MAY193229PAI
9PATHFINDER: BESTIARY SPECIAL EDITION HC (P2)MAY193230PAI
10STARFINDER RPG: ARMORY HCMAY182931PAI

Weekend Headlines | January 2020 Units/Dollars Comic Book Sales

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.


Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.


Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. 

Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday's Headlines | January Comic Book Sales Numbers

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS
 DOLLARSUNITS
JANUARY 2020 VS. DECEMBER 2019
COMICS-2.48%-1.59%
GRAPHIC NOVELS29.62%36.99%
TOTAL COMICS/GN5.84%0.73%
TOYS-1.05%-4.04%
JANUARY 2020 VS. JANUARY 2019
COMICS-6.70%-8.64%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.09%0.00%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-3.26%-7.99%
TOYS4.00%-16.26%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED
PUBLISHER COMICS
SHIPPED
GRAPHIC NOVELS
SHIPPED
MAGAZINES
SHIPPED
TOTAL
SHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS101560157
DC COMICS98300128
IDW PUBLISHING3516051
IMAGE COMICS437050
VIZ MEDIA LLC043043
DARK HORSE COMICS259034
BOOM! STUDIOS226028
SOURCE POINT PRESS163019
DYNAMITE144018
TITAN COMICS62311
OTHER NON-TOP 1013023528393
TOTAL49041131932

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WONDER WOMAN #750$9.99NOV190399-MDC
2THOR #1$4.99AUG199016-MMAR
3STAR WARS #1$4.99AUG199000-MMAR
4X-MEN #4$3.99OCT190906-MMAR
5X-MEN #5$3.99AUG199030-MMAR
6GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$4.99NOV190742-MMAR
7BATMAN #86$3.99NOV190411-MDC
8AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #38$3.99NOV190915-MMAR
9AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #37$3.99NOV190913-MMAR
10STAR #1$3.99NOV190799-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WONDER WOMAN #750$9.99NOV190399-MDC
2THOR #1$4.99AUG199016-MMAR
3STAR WARS #1$4.99AUG199000-MMAR
4X-MEN #4$3.99OCT190906-MMAR
5GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1$4.99NOV190742-MMAR
6X-MEN #5$3.99AUG199030-MMAR
7THE JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY #2 (MR) [*]$5.99SEP190500-MDC
8BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #6$4.99NOV190433-MDC
9IRON MAN 2020 #1$4.99NOV190753-MMAR
10VENOM: THE END #1$4.99NOV190795-MMAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED
RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TP$29.99OCT191107MAR
2DIANA: PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS TP$9.99SEP190470DC
3WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
4LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TP$15.99JUL191064MAR
5HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC$60.00SEP190963-MMAR
6STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS TP$10.99OCT190311DAR
7MY HERO ACADEMIA VOLUME 22 GN$9.99OCT192290VIZ
8BLACK HAMMER VOL. 4: AGE OF DOOM PART II TP$19.99MAY190209DAR
9GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY TP$9.99SEP190471DC
10WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER TP$16.99SEP190472DC

Friday's Headlines | January 2020 Comic Book Sales

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (February 14, 2020) — Wonder Woman reached an historic milestone in Wonder Woman #750, featuring stories from an all-star roster of creators celebrating her nearly 80 year history, giving DC the best-selling comic book of January 2020 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world's largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was January's top publisher with a 39.98% dollar share and a 46.67% unit share. DC placed second at 29.33% and 29.73%, respectively. Image Comics was third, with a market share of 5.60% in both categories, followed by IDW Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, BOOM! Studios, VIZ Media, and Dynamite Entertainment.

Marvel Comics had eight titles in the top ten. Donny Cates and Nic Klein's Thor #1, beginning a new era of Thor as the Herald of Galactus, was their top book at #2, followed by Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz's Star Wars #1 at #3, X-Men #4 at #4, X-Men #5 at #5, Al Ewing and Juan Cabal's Guardians of the Galaxy #1 at #6, Amazing Spider-Man #38 at #8, Amazing Spider-Man #37 at #9, and Star #1 at #10. DC had two titles in the top ten; in addition to Wonder Woman #750, James Tynion IV, Tony S. Daniel, and Danny Miki's Batman #86 ranked #7.

Among the premier publishers, Image Comics' top book, Spawn #304, ranked #40 for the month; BOOM! Studios' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 ranked #54; Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #1, beginning a crossover with the characters from Chaos! Comics, ranked #86; IDW Publishing's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #101 ranked #89; and Dark Horse Comics' Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1 ranked #134.

Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's Absolute Carnage, collecting Marvel Comics' crossover event, was January's best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten from Marvel Comics, League of Legends: Lux ranked #4 and House of X/Powers of X ranked #5. DC had four titles in the top ten; Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Victoria Yang's Diana: Princess of the Amazons, the young readers graphic novel about Wonder Woman's childhood, was their top book at #2. Dark Horse Comics had two titles in the top ten; their best-selling book, Stranger Things: Zombie Boys, ranked #6.

BBC Books' Doctor Who: Star Tales, an anthology in which the Doctor meets celebrities in her travels through time and space, was January's best-selling book.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 39.98%
DC COMICS 29.33%
IMAGE COMICS 5.60%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.05%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.09%
BOOM! STUDIOS 3.04%
VIZ MEDIA 2.59%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.21%
RANDOM HOUSE 0.76%
TITAN COMICS 0.57%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.77%
 
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 46.67%
DC COMICS 29.73%
IMAGE COMICS 5.60%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.28%
BOOM! STUDIOS 3.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.28%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.08%
VIZ MEDIA 1.04%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.48%
ABLAZE 0.43%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.30%

Friday's Headlines | Captain America News

Yesterday Active duty U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson will lead Marvel's Captain America into the upcoming Empyre comic book event for a three-issue series with artist Ariel Olivetti. First reported by CBR, Empyre: Captain America is described as a "tremendous honor" by the veteran.

"Cap is the truest representation of the Army values all soldiers strive to live by, and now it's my responsibility to get him right for all the Cap fans," Kennedy said in the announcement, "but especially for the veterans and active duty service members who want to feel that pride, kinship and camaraderie anytime they see Steve Rogers on the page."

"In the Empyre: Captain America miniseries, Cap faces a global invasion that is simply too big for the Avengers to handle alone, and it falls to him to not only get the U.S. military behind him, but to unite military forces all around the world," Johnson added. "Instead of his usual crew of gods, legends, and superheroes, we'll see him getting muddy and bloody alongside ordinary soldiers and civilians who stand to lose everything, and who need a leader like Captain America to bring them together."

EMPYRE: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (OF 3)
Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON
Art by ARIEL OLIVETTI
COVER by MIKE HENDERSON
The invasion has made landfall! Captain America stands on the front lines – but when the threat goes global even he won’t be enough to stem the tides! Will Captain America be able to find allies willing to fight alongside him – or will he fall in the face of this intergalactic incursion?