Superheroes have been a part of cinema for decades. Hits like Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton’s Batman would pop up every now and then. Be that as it may, Hollywood, for the most part, hasn’t treated comic book movies that seriously for much of its existence. That all changed in the 2000s then X-Men and Spider Man proved that the source material from Marvel and DC, among others, could lead to huge revenues at the box office.
In the years since, superhero movies have been explored, hitting a billion dollar after a billion dollar hit. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the largest brands in the world and Warner Bros. is working hard to bring DC to the same level. Over the past 20 years, superheroes and even villains have been the subject of some of the greatest films in history. And we’re here to watch the 15 highest grossing superhero movies ever, breaking down each submission along the way. To enjoy.
It’s fair to say the time hasn’t been right for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. While the first two of the filmmaker Spider Man movies helped reinforce the superhero genre as the modern blockbuster trend, the finale of its trilogy was widely lamented by critics and fans alike. But that did not detract from the earning capacity. Tobey Maguire’s third go-around as Peter Parker made $ 894.8 million worldwide, including a massive $ 151.1 million during its opening weekend domestically.
14The dark knight
Few films have ever reached the level of acclaim and financial success The dark knight has. Christopher Nolan’s 2008 historic Batman movie, which followed in the footsteps of Batman begins, is still widely regarded as one of the best comic book films ever made, and arguably one of the best films of its decade. With a wave of praise and buzz over the late Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker, the DC Comics adaptation has made just over $ 1 billion at the global box office to date. Yes, other movies on this list have made more money, but few can get in the way The dark knight has.
This is the only item on this list that falls into some sort of gray area. Joker isn’t technically a superhero movie by some definitions. It’s almost entirely focused on a villain, and Bruce Wayne only appears as a kid for a few moments. Either way, it was close enough to include, given DC Comics source material. In any case, by some measures, this could be the most financially successful movie on the list. Directed by Todd Phillips, the man best known for directing The hangover movies, Joker is a dark R-rated character study starring Joaquin Phoenix, a man named Arthur Fleck who becomes the famous criminal. Made for a reported budget of just $ 55 million, less than half what the typical superhero movie costs, it made a whopping $ 1.07 billion worldwide. Not only that, but Phoenix also won the Best Actor Oscar for his work. Given the low budget, the profit margins were enormous. Anything for a movie where Warner Bros. had little confidence in it during development.
12The Dark Knight Rises
After a long wait and wait, The Dark Knight Rises arrived in theaters in the summer of 2012, not only offering fans a sequel The dark knight, but a conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Ultimately, it could not critically live up to its predecessor. However, it surpassed it at the box office, taking in $ 1.07 billion worldwide. The world was curious how this would turn out. How Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader would match Tom Hardy’s gloomy Bane. It was the highest-grossing DC movie in history until recently. But a certain member of the Justice League managed to catch up. We will come back to that shortly.
Captain Marvel was a lot of stuff for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the first female solo title in the franchise. It marked Brie Larson’s debut as the iconic character. It was the first film in the MCU to be co-directed by a woman, with Anna Boden at the helm alongside Ryan Fleck. It was also a huge success. The 90s superhero adventure made a better-than-expected $ 1.12 billion at the global box office. That total domestically includes a whopping $ 462.8 million. That only helped Avengers: Endgame further when it was released in 2019, as Larson also appeared in the massive team-up as Carol Danvers.
10Spider-Man: Far From Home
That is not only Spider-Man: Far From Home one of the highest-grossing superhero movies in history, it’s Sony’s highest-grossing movie ever. Period. The previous studio was best Skyfall ($ 1.108 billion) but Tom Holland’s second solo outing as Peter Parker managed to beat Daniel Craig’s third breakthrough as 007. In particular, it took advantage of the first MCU movie to arrive after Avengers: Endgame, and the sequel earned $ 1 worldwide. , 13 billion. $ 390.5 million of that came from domestic theaters, with $ 741.3 overseas. It now stands as the biggest solo Spidey movie, but not the biggest with the character. We will come back to that shortly.
For years, Aquarius was on the wrong end of many jokes. He was just the crazy superhero who could talk to fish. But DC Comics worked on changing that image and then Jason Momoa was cast as the character Justice League, it helped a lot. So much so that when Momoa returned for his solo outing directed by James Wan, it far exceeded expectations. Aquarius was a huge hit, accounting for $ 1.14 billion worldwide. I had a huge show overseas, bringing in $ 813.4 million internationally, just over 70 percent of the total recording. Not to spoil it for the rest of the list, though Aquarius now stands alone as the top-grossing DC movie ever. At least for now.
8Captain America: Civil War
It’s easy to take for granted now, given everything that’s happened in the MCU since then, but Captain America: Civil War like a huge deal at the time of its release in 2016. Not only was it a classic Marvel Comics storyline pitting The Avengers against each other, but it represented most of the superheroes we’ve ever seen together in one movie. Not to mention that it served as the introduction of Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as our new Spider-Man. It was a winning formula. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo delivered a monstrous, crowd-pleasing blockbuster that grossed $ 1.15 billion in total. That includes a staggering $ 179.1 million domestic opening weekend.
7Iron Man 3
Barely five years after Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Tony Stark in 2008 Iron Man, ended his trilogy in 2013’s Iron Man 3. RDJ’s days in the MCU were far from numbered, but this would be the culmination of his character’s solo forays. Ride high on the success of The Avengers, released a year earlier, director Shane Black’s entry into the franchise was a massive hit. However divided it may be all these years later, it is undeniably a financial success, totaling $ 1.21 billion at the box office. Phase 2 of the MCU started with a bang, signaling the string of successes to come in the years that followed.
While Pixar wasn’t ripped off the pages of Marvel or DC, Pixar beautifully captured the spirit of superheroes with 2004’s The incredible. After years of waiting, director Brad Bird returned with Incredible 2 in 2018. The wait turned out to be worth it for Disney and Pixar, because it paid off. To a wave of rave reviews, the sequel sailed to $ 1.24 billion at the box office. That makes it one of the highest grossing animated movies in history and, on top of that with some of Marvel’s best, one of the highest grossing superhero movies ever.
It would have been difficult for anyone to predict the importance of a deal Black Panther would be. Chadwick Boseman made quite the entrance when T’Challa entered Captain America: Civil War. Still, the success achieved with the character’s first solo outing was astonishing to say the least. Black Panther made $ 1.34 billion at the box office. It stands by itself as the greatest solo superhero movie in history. It was also the first superhero film to earn a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. In fact, it became a pop culture phenomenon that was a colossus, even by MCU standards. Sadly Boseman passed away after a battle with cancer. However, the legacy he left will last for years to come.
4Avengers: Age of Ultron
In 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron had the unenviable task of following up on 2012 The Avengers. How far it succeeded, from a story point of view, can be discussed from now to eternity. But from a financial standpoint, this was another huge win for Disney and Marvel Studios. The second massive team of superheroes began its run with a massive $ 191.2 million domestic opening weekend, heading for a domestic total of $ 459 million. Coupled with its massive $ 943.8 million overseas haul, the film cost $ 1.4 billion. That says it just outside the top ten of all time, sitting at number eleven behind Frozen II ($ 1.45 billion).
The importance of 2012 is difficult to overestimate The Avengers. Nothing like this had ever been tried before. Transfer characters from multiple individual franchises into one mega event movie. It was a huge risk to say the least. Would it work? Could it even be done? It was done and it worked. Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America, Thor and Iron Man all teamed up to the delight of audiences around the world. In total, Marvel’s grand experiment took home $ 1.51 billion worldwide. Its opening weekend of $ 207.4 million still ranks as one of the largest in history and is number one on the all-time global charts. In a word, huge.
2Avengers: Infinity War
If The Avengers proved what was possible in the field of superhero movies, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War tested the limits. Having debuted in a post-credit scene years earlier, Thanos finally arrived to wreck the MCU. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who have previously directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, were tasked with merging multiple storylines, characters, franchises and increasing the stakes in a big way. It worked. The Russo brothers got it done and Infinity War became a must-see event for audiences around the world following the MCU, even in passing. At the time, it only became the fourth movie ever to bring in more than $ 2 billion at the box office, earning a total of $ 2.04 billion. You might think it couldn’t get any bigger. But the cliffhanger audience was left with the fuel provided to make the sequel rise above what anyone thought possible.
The MCU feels like a never ending thing. There may never be a definitive conclusion. But Avengers: Endgame, in 2019, offered fans perhaps the closest to an ending we’ll ever get in this universe. Pick up where Infinity War ended, the film served as an end to the journey for many of the MCU heroes we’ve been following for over a decade. It was the end of Thanos as the great villain of this universe. It was insanely ambitious in terms of scope, length, story, and just about every other way a full-scale blockbuster can be ambitious. Amazing as it may seem, this felt like a bigger event than even Star Wars: The Force Awakens did in 2015. And the figures speak of that. When all was said and done, Avengers: Endgame earned $ 2.797 billion worldwide. That was barely enough to catch up with James Cameron’s Avatar ($ 2.79 billion) as the greatest movie in history. Something that few thought was possible. Yes, the Russo brothers have not only delivered the highest-grossing superhero movie ever, but the highest-grossing movie of any kind. Period.
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