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Well it looks like Marvel has come to the rescue of Disney as was predicted many times before.
This is an awesome coup of genius and perseverance that has become quite the game changer in every area of entertainment, communication, and commerce.
For a comic based super hero movie to make this much money this fast shows not only that the superhero genre is strong, it's beyond strong. The box office take on this monster should reach $1 billion by next weekend at the latest. The licensing, commentary, apps, who knows what as well as changes in our lexicons will be unstoppable. It opens the doors for places like AN and my pal Mike Chen's at the Kubert School for teaching more about comics and animation.
This success is HUGE news and we still have two more highly anticipated superhero movies to come out.
Back in the 1960s a group of artists were pulled together to tell fantastic stories. The pantheon of talent may not have been the best illustrators going but they had one thing the other artists of their day didn't have, the imagination and challenge to tell stories so astonishing, so amazing that no one even came close to them. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee let their imaginations go berserk and bring us stories about superheroes who had real life problems. We liked these heroes and it took 50 years to bring them to the screen.
This is just so astonishing to watch. Us who've worked in comics over the years are just blown out of our socks.
Congrats to the comic book community Greg. This movie handily shattered the previous record for opening weekend box office. Good thing super heroes, animated films and FX driven movies are around to fatten the coffers of the entertainment industry.
Here's the write up from BoxOfficeMojo...
Weekend Report: 'Avengers' Smashes Records
by Ray Subers
May 6, 2012
It's been clear for a while that The Avengers would be a box office success, though few people could have foreseen this opening. The superhero team-up got off to an unprecedented $200.3 million start this weekend, which obliterates the previous all-time weekend record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last Summer ($169.2 million).
Full article here.
An update on The Avengers from AWN.com...
Box Office Update: Avengers Crosses $700M Worldwide
By Jennifer Wolfe
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Disney and Marvel Studios' The Avengers continues to make headlines as the film’s worldwide earnings, totaling $702.2 million at last count, crosses the $700 million mark in less than two weeks after its debut.
Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, crossed $700 million in only 13 days, one of the best showings of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The tentpole feature has earned $226.4 million domestically, including a stellar Monday gross of $18.9 million, and $475.8 million internationally, where it rolled out a week before its May 4 domestic launch.
Thanks to a public holiday in Russia and the U.K. on Monday, Avengers took in $28.4 million at the foreign box office for the day.
Avengers has already surpassed the lifetime grosses of both Iron Man features, Thor and Captian America: The First Avenger.
Bottom line is that now Marvel and Disney OWNS.
Disney with PIXAR on one hand and MARVEL on the other with their own brand of animated movies in the background now OWNS.
Marvel is saving Disney. Marvel is saving PIXAR. There are only three things that could totally undermine MARVEL but I won't talk about it. No need for negative bs.
Jobs are being created, stock portfolios are swelling and that's that. Marvel's new management and Disney's new management might finally have cleaned house of some of the creeps that fouled both companies up over the decades.
Maybe things are on the right track. I haven't worked for either Disney or Marvel so it is attractive to do so now. It also means I can sit back now and watch these Marvel stories finally hitting the big screen.
Bob Iger Announces Avengers Sequel
By Jennifer Wolfe
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Marvel and Disney made box office history with the gargantuan success of The Avengers, which has brought in over $700 million worldwide in less than two weeks. And Disney CEO Bob Iger surprised no one with the announcement that a sequel is in the works during a conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings. But already industry pundits are asking if Disney and Marvel can do it again.
Daily Variety reports that it will take super-human stamina to make all the pieces fit together again.
The first task will be booking the cast. Robert Downey Jr., who initially signed on for four turns as Tony Stark in a deal that carries him through next year's Iron Man 3. Other Avengers stars -- including Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner -- have signed deals that go beyond the three-picture pacts that have become industry standard for tentpole franchises. Samuel Jackson, for example, inked a nine-picture deal, and most of the other main actors have signed on for six.
Next is the question of Joss Whedon, who is widely credited with keeping all the elements in balance on a critically lauded project that could have easily gone haywire. Marvel head Kevin Feige has shown a willingness to take chances on new directors -- Jon Favreau is the only Marvel movie director to get a second go, with Iron Man 2 -- but re-hiring Whedon would buy a lot of goodwill with fans, and help keep the peace among the constellation of stars who now have good reason to trust the director.
Feige will be under tremendous pressure, Variety reports, to do it all "the Marvel way," which means keeping a close eye on the bottom line. "It means questioning every cost, every dollar," Feige said. "We don't take any of our success for granted."
That would include successful time management, as Marvel is also developing Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, the Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy as potential new franchises, with potential spinoffs of the Johansson, Renner and Jackson characters from Avengers. Already engaged are Iron Man 3 and sequels for Captain America and Thor, dated through 2014.
That means an Avengers sequel would most likely come in 2015 -- if Marvel and Disney can keep all those plates spinning.
I hope the development artists aka comic book artists look at this opportunity to get paid more for what they do for the multi billion dollar empire they built...I doubt it though...
I'll bet that not only will they not make or get more money, I wouldn't be surprised if it went in the opposite direction. Stagnant pay means less pay over time.
There'll be some excuse as to why artists can't get better compensation and artist will go along with it. They'll grumble but they won't do anything about it. In fact, you'll see them at their most pro-active when someone challenges the community to actually make a stand for their collective betterment. They'll turn on their colleagues before they they fight for greater professional equity.
Maybe this will add more fuel to the independent fire. That's the only area where I see hope of progress. Not necessarily within the system but ya never know. Maybe the success of The Avengers will be a motivating catalyst.
The Avengers have their vengeance, as the movie grosses $1 billion...
Box Office Report: Avengers Crosses $1 Billion
By Jennifer Wolfe
May 18, 2012
Disney and Marvel Studios' The Avengers became the sixth-biggest film of all time Thursday as it upped its worldwide total to $1.07 billion, surpassing the $1.066 billion earned by fellow Disney title Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest in 2006.
Meanwhile, according to a report by Deadline Hollywood, the superhero tentpole smashed another record in North America, where it crossed $400 million in only 14 days, besting the 19 days it took The Dark Knight to reach the same mark. It's also Disney's biggest release ever.
Avengers continues to crush everything in its wake: Universal and Hasbro Entertainment's Battleship opened to a tepid $420,000 in midnight domestic runs Thursday, while Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator grossed $2.8 million on Thursday for a two-day total of $7 million.
Avengers has now earned $402 million domestically and $668.7 million internationally. It should earn another $120 million this weekend to become the number four title of all time globally, passing 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and last year's Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
As of Thursday, Avengers ranked as the ninth-biggest release in history internationally and number 12 domestically.
I'm not going to get into the corporate/indie thing again. My original post was about how this movie, based on a comic book series that was considered 'indie' and 'radical' in its time is now one of the biggest box office successes of all time and still has steam. It's creating jobs and putting food on the table for millions of people worldwide. It took Hollywood almost 50 years to come close to Jack Kirby's artwork and storytelling and with the success of the Marvel line of movies it now makes Jack "King" Kirby one of the most famous illustrators of all time.
Artists need to learn how to do business and market their skills. When they don't they get screwed over. It's that simple. Doesn't get anymore complicated than that.
Now let's work on getting artists educated in business and taking greater responsibility in their lives and careers.
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