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Punisher: War Zone fizzled at the box office on Friday in its opening day, placing eighth.

The film, produced by Lionsgate and starring Ray Stevenson, took in an estimated $1.63 million, according to Variety. It screened in 2,508 theaters as the only major wide opening on Friday.

By comparison, 2004's Punisher had $5.2 million on its opening day and $13.8 million in its opening weekend.

The performance of Punisher: War Zone is the worst of the 19 Marvel films since Blade's premiere on August 21, 1998.

Four Christmases topped the box office in its second Friday with $5.8 million. It was followed by Twilight with $4.6 million, Bolt with $2.4 million and Australia with $2.2 million.

The post-Thanksgiving weekend is considered a lull weekend in the holiday box-office season.

Lionsgate has another comics-inspired movie, The Spirit, opening on Dec. 25.


For covers and three-page previews of Dark Horse Comics titles arriving in stores on Dec. 10, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #20 and Star Wars Legacy #31. - More Product. More Exclusives.


Lionsgate has released two trailers and 12 still from Hulk vs., the animated movie arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 27.

Here's how Lionsgate describes the Huk vs. Wolverine portion of the film:

"The Incredible Hulk has been tearing a line across the Canadian wilderness, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. He has to be stopped, and there's only one man up to the job. He's the best at what he does, but what he does isn't very nice. He's Wolverine, an elite agent of Canada's top secret Department H, and he's been put on Hulk's trail with a single objective: stop the green all costs. Hulk and Wolverine are about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives."

Here's how Lionsgate describes the Hulk vs. Thor portion of the film:

"It's gods versus monsters in this epic 45-minute movie. For ages, Loki the trickster has sought a way to bring defeat to his accursed stepbrother, Thor. But for all the battles Thor has fought, in all the nine realms, only one creature has ever been able to match his strength -- a mortal beast of Midgard known as The Incredible Hulk. Now, with Odin the king of the gods deep in a regenerative sleep, and the forces protecting Asgard at their weakest, Loki is finally ready to spring his trap. In a classic battle that will test a hero's limits more than ever before, only the mighty Thor can hope to prevail."

For the Hulk vs. Wolverine trailer, CLICK HERE.

For the Hulk vs. Thor trailer, CLICK HERE.

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For an interview with Steve Blum, the voice of Wolverine, CLICK HERE.


For previously posted February solicitations, click on the publishers' names below:

* Antarctic Press.

* Ape Entertainment.

* Arcana Studio.

* Archie Comics.

* Aspen Comics.

* Avatar Press.

* Bluewater Productions.

* Bongo Comics.

* Boom! Studios.

* Dabel Brothers Productions.

* Dark Horse Comics.

* DC Comics.

* Dynamite Entertainment.

* IDW Publishing.

* Image Comics.

* Marvel Comics.

* Moonstone Books.

* Oni Press.

* Tokyopop.

* Top Cow Productions.

* Zenescope Entertainment.

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* Marvel Comics has released the villain variant cover image for Incredible Hercules #124 by Ed McGuinness and X-Force #9 by Bill Sienkiewicz.

Both issues will be in stores on Dec. 31.

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* Top Cow Productions has announced it will maintain a $2.99 price point for its regular-sized comic books throughout 2009.

"We looked around and saw cover prices creeping up and up all around us," said Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik. "It seems wrong to raise your prices on customers during these tough economic times. Once we knew we were going to hold the line on our prices, it made sense to call attention to it. Hopefully, it will encourage some fans to try our titles."

Sablik said the price frezze will not change content pages.

"In fact we're adding more and more added-value pages, including interviews, back-matter articles and preview art," Sablik said. "We want to be the value and quality leader in the industry."

According to Top Cow, the $2.99 price point does not apply to oversized books, exclusive variant covers and special editions.


If you missed The Continuum's coverage over the past month, following are links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Monday, December 1: Punisher: War Zone's Ray Stevenson, Marvel Comics First Looks, Battlestar Galactica and Mirage Studios for February.

* Sunday, November 30: Dabel Brothers Publishing for February, Radical Publishing for February, Ape Entertainment for February and Tokyopop for February.

* Saturday, November 29: Avatar Press for February, Antarctic Press for February and Boom! Studios for February.

* Friday, November 28: Wanted, Zenescope Entertainment for February, Bongo Comics for February, Arcana Studio for February and Dark Horse Comics First Looks. Free Shipping from!

* Thursday, November 27: Oni Press for February and Dynamite Entertainment First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 26: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 25: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, DC Comics First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes, The Simpsons and Studio 407 First Looks.

* Monday, November 24: Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Sunday, November 23: Image Comics for February, Heroes and First Looks.

* Saturday, November 22: Wanted, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Friday, November 21: Smallville, Marvel Comics First Looks, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Moonstone Books for March.

* Thursday, November 20: Heroes, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Image Comics First Looks.

* Wednesday, November 19: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dynamite Entertainment for February, IDW Publishing for February, Josh Schwartz linked to new X-Men movie, Gearhead movie and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 18: Marvel Comics for February, Heroes, DC Comics First Looks, The Spirit, Wonder Woman animated movie, DC Comics roundup and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Monday, November 17: DC Comics for February, Bluewater Productions for February, Archie Comics for February, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and The Spirit.

* Sunday, November 16: Heroes, First Looks and Fathom.

* Saturday, November 15: Punisher: War Zone, Aspen Comics for February, Top Cow Productions for February, Heroes and The Simpsons.

* Friday, November 14: Smallville, Watchmen, Marvel Comics First Looks, Thor animated series, Hero by Night television series and Image Comics First Looks.

* Thursday, November 13: Smallville, Heroes and The Roberts.

* Wednesday, November 12: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Archie Comics First Looks.

* Tuesday, November 11: Watchmen, DC Comics First Looks, Savage Dragon, Bluewater Productions' Michelle Obama comic book, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Simpsons, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks and Devil's Due Publishing First Looks.

* Monday, November 10: Watchmen, Black Panther, Captain America, People's Choice nominations, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Boom! Studios First Looks, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks and The Cleveland Show.

* Sunday, November 9: Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

* Saturday, November 8: Dark Horse Comics for February and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Friday, November 7: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Family Guy, Marvel Comics First Looks, Image Comics First Looks, Street Fighter IV and The Drinky Crow Show.

* Thursday, November 6: Dollhouse, Marvel Comics First Looks, Heroes and The Simpsons.

* Wednesday, November 5: Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Marvel Comics First Looks, Dark Horse Comics First Looks, Archie Comics First Looks, Dark Horse's Terminator and Dabel Bros.' Nevermore.

* Tuesday, November 4: Marvel Studios roundup, Heroes, Sonic the Hedgehog, Marvel Comics First Looks, Boom! Studios First Looks, Devil's Due Publishing First Looks, DC Comics First Looks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

* Monday, November 3: Wolverine and the X-Men, Dynamite Entertainment First Looks, Reelart Studios at Dark Horse, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Hasbro's Marvel action figures.

* Sunday, November 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heroes, Mirage Studios for January and Red 5 Comics for November.

* Saturday, November 1: Heroes and Smallvile.

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