They’re everywhere, superheroes seem to be taking over Television, Netflix, and even Hollywood. With so many successful comic book related movies lately, it raises the question… which movies have been most successful thus far? Well, in this installment, we’re going to cover just that!
#10 Spider-Man 2
The second film from Sam Raimi’s trilogy is the first film to appear on our list. 2004’s Spider-Man 2, brings back many stars that made the first film such as Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco – with the introduction of Alfred Molina as Spidey’s arch-nemesis, Doctor Octopus. The movie went on the get the highest critical response out of all three films from Raimi’s series, as well as a pretty good assortment of awards.
The 2002 introduction to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy, as well as Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of the main character, blew fans and critics away as for the time ever, a film passed the $100-million mark in just a single weekend. It was the true introduction to the modern-day superhero movies that we have now, delivering a film possessing as much action as it had heart.
#8 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The follow-up sequel to the 2013 film, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice takes place pretty much immediately after the first film. Directed by Zack Snyder and released in 2016, the film follows Batman as he attempts to take on Superman and make him pay for the damage he has done, and lives he has cost. The film had a worldwide opening of $422.5 million, making it the fourth biggest opening to date. Though financially successful, the film was ripped apart by critics with claims such as, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story – and some of America’s most iconic superheroes – in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.”
#7 Spider-Man 3
Sam Raimi’s third and final part of the Spider-Man trilogy he directed was good enough to do well at the box-office, but all around received mixed reviews – most of which were negative. Tobey Maguire’s days as Spider-Man came to a close after this film before the series would get a reboot under the title “Amazing Spider-Man”. The film’s overall failure was mostly attributed to the multiple story lines it tried to keep as well as the “miscast” of the famous villain, Venom.
#6 The Dark Knight
Though Christopher Nolan’s 2008 sequel to Batman Begins would meet with a multitude of success – being one of twenty-six films to date to sell $1 billion at the box office – it isn’t without its tragic happening. Late actor Heath Ledger was cast as Joker for the film, which he portrayed in a phenomenal, whole new, creepy fashion – saying he viewed the joker as a “psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy.” It was during the filming of this movie that Heath Ledger would die from “acute intoxication” from prescription drugs.
#5 The Dark Knight Rises
The final installment to director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, which served as a reboot to the franchise after the incredible failure that was Batman & Robin, was a box-office smash. Though both the second and final film broke $1 billion at the box-office, the most notable was 2012’s, The Dark Knight Rises.
#4 Captain America: Civil War
As star-packed as it is hero-filled, Captain America: Civil War feels more like an Avengers movie than a Captain America film… which isn’t a bad thing. Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo after positive screenings for the prequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, massive success followed the release of this movie, and as it sits, it’s the highest grossing film of 2016 and the fourth highest-grossing superhero movie to date.
#3 Iron Man 3
Some actors have fit so perfectly as their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts – none more notable than Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal as Iron Man. It seems as if the rest of the world agrees as Iron Man 3 takes the spot of the 3rd most successful comic book movie ever, and the most successful solo hero film to date. Though die-hard fans always find fault in movie adaptations, the general reception of this movie was overwhelmingly positive. The movie is estimated to have profited Disney Studios just short of $400 million.
#2 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Age of Ultron released as the 2015 sequel to the 2012 blockbuster hit, The Avengers. Both written and directed by Joss Whedon – you know, the man who brought us Firefly, Doll House, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer? The hero-packed movie seemed not to disappoint, as fans would make sure it became the twenty-first movie in history and eighth Disney movie to break $1 billion in ticket sales.
#1 Marvel’s The Avengers
The film first began development in 2005, after Marvel Studios received a generous loan from Merrill Lynch, but wouldn’t premiere until April 11th, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, would obviously go on to achieve record-breaking success, including numerous awards, a handful of records and a multitude of critical acclaim. If that isn’t enough, it was the first ever Marvel production to have ever generated $1 billion in ticket sales.
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10. Spider-Man 2 ($783+ Million)
9. Spider-Man ($821+ Million)
8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($871+ Million)
7. Spider-Man 3 ($890+ Million)
6. The Dark Knight ($1+ Billion)
5. The Dark Knight Rises ($1+ Billion)
4. Captain America: Civil War ($1.1+ Billion)
3. Iron Man 3 ($1.2+ Billion)
2. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.4+ Billion)
1. Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.5+ Billion)