List of highest-grossing superhero films

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The following page lists the highest-grossing superhero films of all time, the highest-grossing superheroes at the box office, and the biggest opening weekends for superhero films. The figures have not been adjusted for inflation.

Highest-grossing superhero films[edit]

Of the ten highest-grossing superhero films, eight have been produced by Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige.

The top five highest-grossing superhero films and eight out of the top ten highest-grossing superhero films have been produced by Marvel Studios, within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The four Avengers films (The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame) are the four highest-grossing superhero films of all time; Infinity War and Endgame are the only two superhero films to surpass a $2 billion worldwide gross, with Avengers: Endgame being the highest-grossing film of all time. Most of the films on this list are from either Marvel or DC Comics. Of the 23 MCU films, only two are not in the top 50—Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk—even those two grossed more than $250 million. Of the 8 DC Extended Universe (DCEU) films, only two are not in the top 50—Shazam and Birds of Prey—even those two grossed more than $200 million.

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Film Worldwide gross Year Superhero(es) Source Ref
Avengers: Endgame $2,797,800,564 2019 Avengers Marvel [1]
Avengers: Infinity War $2,048,359,754 2018 [2]
The Avengers $1,518,812,988 2012 [3]
Avengers: Age of Ultron $1,405,403,694 2015 [4]
Black Panther $1,346,913,171 2018 Black Panther [5]
Incredibles 2 $1,242,805,359 The Incredibles Pixar [6]
Iron Man 3 $1,214,811,252 2013 Iron Man Marvel [7]
Captain America: Civil War $1,153,304,495 2016 Captain America [8]
Aquaman $1,148,161,807 2018 Aquaman DC [9]
Spider-Man: Far From Home $1,131,927,996 2019 Spider-Man Marvel [10]
Captain Marvel $1,128,274,794 Captain Marvel [11]
The Dark Knight Rises $1,081,041,287 2012 Batman DC [12]
Joker $1,074,251,311 2019 Joker [13]
The Dark Knight $1,004,558,444 2008 Batman [14]
Spider-Man 3 $890,871,626 2007 Spider-Man Marvel [15]
Spider-Man: Homecoming $880,166,924 2017 [16]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $873,634,919 2016 Batman and Superman DC [17]
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $863,756,051 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel [18]
Venom $856,085,151 2018 Venom [19]
Thor: Ragnarok $853,977,126 2017 Thor [20]
Wonder Woman $821,847,012 2017 Wonder Woman DC [21]
Spider-Man $821,708,551 2002 Spider-Man Marvel [22]
Spider-Man 2 $788,976,453 2004 [23]
Deadpool 2 $785,046,920 2018 Deadpool [24]
Deadpool $783,112,979 2016 [25]
Guardians of the Galaxy $773,328,629 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy [26]
The Amazing Spider-Man $757,930,663 2012 Spider-Man [27]
X-Men: Days of Future Past $747,862,775 2014 X-Men [28]
Suicide Squad $746,846,894 2016 Suicide Squad DC [29]
The Matrix Reloaded $739,412,035 2003 Neo Warner [30][31]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier $714,421,503 2014 Captain America Marvel [32]
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $708,982,323 Spider-Man [33]
Doctor Strange $677,718,395 2016 Doctor Strange [34]
Man of Steel $668,045,518 2013 Superman DC [35]
Justice League $657,924,295 2017 Justice League [36]
Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 2014 Big Hero 6 Marvel [37]
Thor: The Dark World $644,571,402 2013 Thor [38]
The Incredibles $633,019,734 2004 The Incredibles Pixar [39]
Hancock $624,386,746 2008 Hancock Vincent Ngo [40]
Iron Man 2 $623,933,331 2010 Iron Man Marvel [41]
Ant-Man and the Wasp $622,674,139 2018 Ant-Man and Wasp [42]
Logan $619,021,436 2017 Wolverine [43]
Iron Man $585,174,222 2008 Iron Man [44]
X-Men: Apocalypse $543,934,787 2016 X-Men [45]
Godzilla $529,076,069 2014 Godzilla Toho [46][47]
Ant-Man $519,311,965 2015 Ant-Man Marvel [48]
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $493,333,584 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage [49]
The Matrix $465,343,787 1999 Neo Warner [50][51]
X-Men: The Last Stand $459,359,555 2006 X-Men Marvel [52]
Thor $449,326,618 2011 Thor [53]

Highest-grossing superhero film franchises and series[edit]

This is a list of the highest-grossing superhero film series at the box office. The Marvel Cinematic Universe ranks as the highest-grossing film series of all time. The Incredibles ranks as the ninth highest-grossing animated franchise. A series must have at least two released films to get its own entry.

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Top 25 superhero film franchises and series at the box office (The films in each franchise can be viewed by selecting "show")
Rank Series Total worldwide box office No. of films Average of films Highest-grossing film

SMarvel Cinematic Universe, DC Extended Universe and MonsterVerse are shared universes for which some properties also have their own entries.
*US and Canada gross only.
RDistributor rentals.
Partial worldwide gross figure.

Highest-grossing opening weekends[edit]

The highest-grossing worldwide opening weekends only include countries where the film opened the same week. All days until the first Sunday are included in countries where the film opened before Friday.

Rank Film Gross[64] ($ millions) Year Superhero(es) Source Ref[d]
1 Avengers: Endgame $1,223.6 2019 Avengers Marvel [65]
2 Avengers: Infinity War $640.5 2018 [66]
3 Captain Marvel $456.7 2019 Captain Marvel [67]
4 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $422.5 2016 Batman/Superman DC [68]
5 The Avengers $392.5 2012 Avengers Marvel [69]
6 Avengers: Age of Ultron $392.4 2015 [70]
7 Spider-Man 3 $381.7 2007 Spider-Man [71]
8 Captain America: Civil War $379.5 2016 Captain America [72]
9 Iron Man 3 $372.5 2013 Iron Man [73]
10 Black Panther $371.4 2018 Black Panther [74]
11 Deadpool 2 $300.4 Deadpool [75]
12 Spider-Man: Far From Home $295.8 2019 Spider-Man [76]
13 Justice League $278.8 2017 Justice League DC [77]
14 Suicide Squad $267.0 2016 Suicide Squad [78]
15 Deadpool $264.7 Deadpool Marvel [79]
16 X-Men: Days of Future Past $262.9 2014 X-Men [80]
17 Spider-Man: Homecoming $256.5 2017 Spider-Man [81]
18 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $252.5 Guardians of the Galaxy [82]
19 The Dark Knight Rises $248.9 2012 Batman DC [83]
20 Joker $248.4 2019 Joker [84]
21 Logan $247.4 2017 Wolverine Marvel [85]
22 Incredibles 2 $235.8 2018 The Incredibles Pixar [86]
23 Thor: Ragnarok $231.8 2017 Thor Marvel [87]
24 Wonder Woman $228.3 Wonder Woman DC [88]
25 Iron Man 2 $220.8 2010 Iron Man Marvel [89]
26 Venom $207.4 2018 Venom [90]
27 Man of Steel $202.0 2013 Superman DC [91]
28 Iron Man $201.2 2008 Iron Man Marvel [92]
29 Godzilla $200 2014 Godzilla Toho [93]
30 The Dark Knight $199.7 2008 Batman DC [94]
30 Thor: The Dark World $195.1 2013 Thor Marvel [95]
31 Spider-Man 2 $189.4 2004 Spider-Man [96]
32 The Amazing Spider-Man $188.2 2012 [97]
33 Hancock $182.5 2008 Hancock Vincent Ngo [98]
34 X-Men: The Last Stand $179.0 2006 X-Men Marvel [99]
35 Doctor Strange $172.8 2016 Doctor Strange [100]
36 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $170.2 2014 Captain America [101]
37 Aquaman $166.8 2018 Aquaman DC [102]
38 X-Men: Apocalypse $166.6 2016 X-Men Marvel [103]
39 Ant-Man and the Wasp $161.7 2018 Ant-Man [104]
40 Guardians of the Galaxy $160.7 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy [105]
41 Shazam! $159.1 2019 Shazam! DC [106]
42 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $158.2 2009 Wolverine Marvel [107]
43 X2 $154.8 2003 X-Men [108]
44 The Wolverine $139.6 2013 Wolverine [109]
45 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $137.8 2014 Spider-Man [110]
46 Dark Phoenix $136.6 2019 X-Men [111]
47 Spider-Man $125.9 2002 Spider-Man [112]
49 X-Men: First Class $116.1 2011 X-Men [113]
50 Ant-Man $113.6 2015 Ant-Man [114]

Timeline of gross records[edit]

Highest-grossing superhero films[edit]

At least seventeen films since 1964 have held the record for highest-grossing superhero film. Spider-Man has held the record twice, Batman and the Avengers have held it three times each, and Godzilla held it at least six times. Films based on DC Comics have held the record four times, films based on Marvel Comics have held it five times, and Toho films held it at least six times.

Title Year Record-setting gross Superhero(es) Source Ref
Ghidorah 1964 $1,040,000J R Godzilla Toho [e]
1965 $2,340,000R
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1970 $3,583,000R [f]
Batman: The Movie 1970 $3,900,000R Batman DC [g]
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1971 $4,200,000R Godzilla Toho [h]
Godzilla films 1974 $10,000,000+ each (average)[i] [125]
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1976 $20,000,000 [126]
Godzilla vs. Gigan 1977 $20,000,000
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1977 $20,000,000
Godzilla films 1977 $20,000,000+ each (average)[j] [127]
Superman 1978 $43,697,365* Superman DC [128]
1979 $134,218,018* [129]
1980 $260,000,000 [130]
1981 $300,218,018 [129]
Batman 1989 $411,348,924 Batman DC [131]
The Matrix 1999 $463,517,383 Neo Warner [50][51]
Spider-Man 2002 $821,708,551 Spider-Man Marvel [22]
Spider-Man 3 2007 $890,871,626 [15]
The Dark Knight 2008 $1,004,558,444 Batman DC [132]
The Avengers 2012 $1,518,812,988 Avengers Marvel [133]
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 [134]
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 [135]

R Distributor rentals.[k]
* US and Canada gross only.
J Japan only.

Highest-grossing opening weekends[edit]

Fifteen films since 1965 have held the record for highest-grossing worldwide opening weekend for a superhero film. Seven of the films are based on Marvel Comics, while six films are based on DC Comics. Batman has held the record four times, while Superman, Spider-Man and the Avengers have held the record three times each.

Title Year Record-setting gross[64] Superhero(es) Source Ref
Ghidorah 1965 $200,000* R Godzilla Toho [117]
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1976 $383,744+* R [l] Godzilla Toho [136]
Superman 1978 $7,465,343* Superman DC [129]
Superman II 1981 $14,100,523* [137]
Batman 1989 $40,489,746* Batman [138]
Batman Returns 1992 $45,687,711* [139]
Batman Forever 1995 $52,784,433* [140]
Spider-Man 2002 $125,900,000 Spider-Man Marvel [141]
X2 2003 $154,800,000 X-Men [142]
Spider-Man 2 2004 $189,400,000 Spider-Man [143]
Spider-Man 3 2007 $381,700,000 [144]
The Avengers 2012 $392,500,000 Avengers [133]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422,500,000 Batman/Superman DC [145]
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $640,500,000 Avengers Marvel [134]
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $1,223,600,000 [65]

* US and Canada gross only.
R Distributor rentals.

Highest-grossing superhero films by year[edit]

The following is a list of the highest-grossing superhero film by year since 1966. Some years have no superhero films. Batman has topped six years, while Godzilla has topped twelve years, the most of any superhero. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has topped ten years (every year of the 2010s), while the Godzilla films have topped twelve years (mostly during the 1960s–1970s), the most for a franchise. Films based on Marvel Comics have topped eighteen years, the most for a source.

Year Film Worldwide gross Superhero(es) Source Ref
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog $306,766,470 Sonic the Hedgehog Sega [146]
2019 Avengers: Endgame $2,797,800,564 Avengers Marvel [147]
2018 Avengers: Infinity War $2,048,359,754 [66]
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming $880,166,924 Spider-Man [148]
2016 Captain America: Civil War $1,153,304,495 Captain America [149]
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron $1,405,403,694 Avengers [150]
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy $773,328,629 Guardians of the Galaxy [151]
2013 Iron Man 3 $1,214,811,252 Iron Man [152]
2012 The Avengers $1,518,812,988 Avengers [153]
2011 Thor $449,326,618 Thor [154]
2010 Iron Man 2 $623,933,331 Iron Man [155]
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $373,062,864 Wolverine [156]
2008 The Dark Knight $1,004,934,033 Batman DC [157]
2007 Spider-Man 3 $890,871,626 Spider-Man Marvel [158]
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand $459,359,555 X-Men [159]
2005 Batman Begins $374,218,673 Batman DC [160]
2004 Spider-Man 2 $783,766,341 Spider-Man Marvel [161]
2003 The Matrix Reloaded $739,412,035 Neo Warner [30]
2002 Spider-Man $821,708,551 Spider-Man Marvel [22]
2001 Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4 $10,300,000 Kamen Rider Toei [162][163]
2000 X-Men $296,339,527 X-Men Marvel [164]
1999 The Matrix $465,343,787 Neo Warner [50]
1998 The Mask of Zorro $250,288,523 Zorro Popular Publications [165]
1997 Batman and Robin $238,207,122 ($238,235,915) Batman DC [166]
1996 The Crow: City of Angels $17,917,287* The Crow Caliber [167]
1995 Batman Forever $336,529,144 ($336,567,531) Batman DC [168]
1994 The Mask $351,583,407 The Mask Dark Horse Comics [169]
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III $42,273,609* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage [170]
1992 Batman Returns $266,822,354 ($266,832,411) Batman DC [171]
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze $78,656,813* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage [172]
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $202,000,000 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage [173]
1989 Batman $411,508,343 ($411,556,825) Batman DC [174]
1988 Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure $26,214,846 Goku Shueisha [m]
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace $36,700,000 Superman DC [175]
1986 Howard the Duck $37,962,774 Howard the Duck Marvel [176]
1985 TBD
1984 Supergirl $14,296,438* Supergirl DC [177]
1983 Superman III $80,200,000 Superman [178]
1982 TBD
1981 Superman II $190,400,000 Superman DC [179]
1980 Flash Gordon $27,107,960* Flash Gordon King Features [180]
1979 TBD
1978 Superman: The Movie $300,451,603 ($300,218,018) Superman DC [129]
1976
1977
TBD
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla $20,000,000 Godzilla Toho [126]
1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla $34,122,958 [n]
1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon $20,000,000 [126]
1964
1972
Godzilla films (Ghidorah to Godzilla vs. Gigan) $20,000,000+ each (average)[j] [127]

TBD To be determined.
* US and Canada gross only.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The first sixteen Dragon Ball films, from Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986) to Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon (1995), had a total Japanese box office gross of over ¥40 billion[55] ($460 million).[56] Outside of Japan, the 2002–2003 European releases of Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest (1990) grossed $1,009,767,[57] the 2016 Chinese release of Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure (1988) grossed $9,714,846,[58] and the 2018 North American releases of Dragon Ball Z films Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan (1993) and Saiyan Double Feature (Fusion Reborn and Bardock: The Father of Goku) grossed $1,199,689.[59]
  2. ^ The film grossed $52,761,356 worldwide, including $32 million in Japan,[60] $2.8 million in the US and Canada,[61] and $17,961,356 in other territories.[62]
  3. ^ See Dragon Ball: The Path to Power § Box office
  4. ^ The Worldwide opening weekend is the sum of the domestic (US + Canada) and foreign opening weekends on the "Summary" and "Foreign" tabs in Box Office Mojo. If the domestic opening was before Friday then the preceding days on the "Daily" tab are added. The sums are listed on the record page for Worldwide Openings.
  5. ^ The film's initial 1964 Japanese release earned distribution rentals of ¥375 million[115] ($1.04 million).[116] Its 1965 US release later earned rentals of $1.3 million.[117]
  6. ^ The film's initial 1965 Japanese release earned distribution rentals of ¥210 million[118] ($583,000).[116] Its July 1970 US release later earned $3 million.[119]
  7. ^ In 1966, the film earned $1.7 million in US rentals.[120][121] By December 1970, it had earned $3.9 million in worldwide rentals.[54]
  8. ^ The film's 1971 Japanese re-issue increased its distribution rentals in Japan to ¥410 million[122][123] ($1.2 million),[124] in addition to $3 million earned from its 1970 US release.[119]
  9. ^ By June 1974, the first thirteen Godzilla films had grossed $130 million in overseas box office revenue outside of Japan,[125] averaging $10 million overseas gross per film (not including Japan).
  10. ^ a b By 1977, the first thirteen Godzilla films had grossed more than $260 million worldwide,[127] averaging more than $20 million per film.
  11. ^ The gross rental is the distributor's share of the box-office gross and was more commonly reported than the exhibition gross up to the 1970s.
  12. ^ Within three days of its 1976 US release, the film earned $383,744 in Texas and Louisiana alone.[136]
  13. ^ See Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure § Box office
  14. ^ See Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla § Box office

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