Superhero Movies and the Money


Spiderman and Batman Movie Displays

[Above: Spider Man and Batman fight for floor space dominance at a Wal Mart Store, in Richmond, Virginia. July 29, 2012]

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X-MEN

X-Men (2000) Weekend (3 day) total: $54.4 million
Total worldwide gross: $296.4 million ($75 million budget)

X-Men X2 (2003) Weekend total: $85.5 million
Total worldwide gross: $417.7 million ($125 million budget)

X-Men The Last Stand (2006) Weekend total: $102.7 million
Total worldwide gross: $459.4 million ($150 million budget)

X-Men Wolverine (2009) Weekend total: $85 million
Total worldwide gross: $374.8 million ($150 million budget)

X-Men First Class (2011) Weekend total: $55.1 million
Total Worldwide gross: $288.1 million ($160 million budget)


BATMAN

Batman (1989) Weekend total: $40.4 million
Total Worldwide gross: $411.3 million ($35 million budget)

Batman Returns (1992) Weekend total: $45.6 million
Total Worldwide gross: $266.8 million ($80 million budget)

Batman Forever (1995) Weekend total: $52.7 million
Total Worldwide gross: $336.5 million ($100 million budget)

Batman & Robin (1997) Weekend total: $42.8 million
Total Worldwide gross: $238.3 million ($125 million budget)

Batman Begins (2005) Weekend total: $48.7 million
Total Worldwide gross: $368.5 million ($150 million budget)

Batman Dark Knight (2008) Weekend total: $158.4 million
Total Worldwide gross: $1.1 billion ($185 million budget)


IRONMAN

Iron Man (2008) Weekend total: $102 million
Total Worldwide gross: $582.4 million ($186 million budget)

Iron Man 2 (2010) Weekend total: $128 million
Total Worldwide gross: $623.5 million ($170 million budget)


SUPERMAN

Superman (1978) Weekend total: $7.4 million
Total Worldwide gross: $300.2 million ($55 million budget)

Superman Returns (2006) Weekend total: $52.3 million
Total Worldwide gross: $390.8 million ($232 million budget)


FANTASTIC FOUR

Fantastic Four (2005) Weekend total: $56.0 million
Total Worldwide gross: $330.7 million ($87.5 million budget)

Fantastic Four Silver Surfer (2007) Weekend total: $58.0 million
Total Worldwide gross: $288.2 million ($120 million budget)


SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man (2002) Weekend total: $114.8 million
Total Worldwide gross: $821.5 million ($139 million budget)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) Weekend total: $88.1 million
Total Worldwide gross: $783.7 million ($200 million budget)

Spider-Man 3 (2007) Weekend total: $151.1 million
Total Worldwide gross: $890.8 million ($258 million budget)


*$300 million: $200 million production budget, $100 million marketing push.

Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films

List Updated Sept 14, 2017

Ranked by World Wide Earnings

*Currently in release in movie theatres

  1. The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
  2. Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
  3. Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
  4. Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
  5. Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
  6. The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
  7. Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
  8. Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017 Marvel-Disney) $863,365,406 Worldwide
  10. Spider-Man: Homecoming (Sony 2017) $823,973,588

12. Wonder Woman (2017 Warners) $816,501,312 Million

55. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017 STX Entertainment) $89,362,969 Worldwide

60. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017 Fox) - $104,685,194 worldwide



Dark Knight Rises numbers still rising:

$358,660,592 domestic earnings as of Aug 6, 2012

$378,400,000 foreign earnings as of Aug 6, 2012

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Update Aug 6, 2012

Avengers has pulled $1,461,368,487 worldwide

Amazing Spider-Man $678,526,210 ($251,426,210 Domestic)

Dark Knight Rises $737.1 Million


Superhero Movie Numbers

July 30, 2012: The Dark Knight Rises is now at $537 million USD for worldwide grosses. Apparently these accumulating numbers signal that the effects from the Aurora Movie Theater killings is lessening, and Nolan's film is starting to recapture momentum. Worldwide earnings are piling up, and all of this while Warner's is trying to mitigate negative exposure vis-a-vis the shootings by dropping nearly all of the promotional glitz that accompanies high-profile blockbuster movies.

Meanwhile, here's how Dark Knight Rises is fitting in with the other recent Superhero movies:

The Amazing Spider-Man: $242.1 million USA ($654.8 million worldwide)

The Avengers: $611.1USA ($1.460 billion Worldwide)


July 17, 2012: Amazing Spider-Man at $521 Million USD Amazing Spider-Man


Do the Green Lantern movie ticket sales herald a dimming of demand for spandex movie heroes?

May 2012: It appears now that there are ways to make a super hero movie succeeed, and ways to make it fail. The appetite for constumed heroes is clearly unabated, if done "right" : Avengers making hand-over-fist for Marvel Studios. Read More online on the numbers.

JUNE 2011: The Green Lantern film, based on the age-old DC Comics property, wins out the lead on it's premier weekend ($52.7 million), but many a film industry person has noted that the $300 million* dollar movie has brought in less the opening weekend than the two previous hero movies already this summer: X-Men: First Class ($56 million) and Thor ($66 million.) Wth a relatively poor showing, hope at Time-Warners is probably shifting to international grosses to pick up the slack.

Looking forward at future releases, though, the trouble is this: X-MEN: First Class has wobbled to a $317 million worldwide finish, which puts it behind all of the previous three X-Men movies and the Wolverine prequel. So the movie-people are asking if this means costume heroes are waning in appeal?

Some historical comparisons for context:


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