List of highest-grossing superhero films

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The four highest-grossing superhero films have been produced by Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige.

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.

Top 50 superhero movies at the worldwide box office[edit]

The four highest-grossing superhero films have been produced by Marvel Studios. The three Avengers films (Infinity War, The Avengers, and Age of Ultron) are the three highest-grossing of all time.

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Rank Film Worldwide gross Year Superhero Source Ref[1]
1 Avengers: Infinity War $2,047,675,173 2018 Avengers Marvel [2]
2 The Avengers $1,518,812,988 2012 [3]
3 Avengers: Age of Ultron $1,405,403,694 2015 [4]
4 Black Panther $1,346,913,161 2018 Black Panther [5]
5 Incredibles 2 film currently playing $1,239,493,617 The Incredibles Pixar [6]
6 Iron Man 3 $1,214,811,252 2013 Iron Man Marvel [7]
7 Captain America: Civil War $1,153,304,495 2016 Captain America [8]
8 The Dark Knight Rises $1,084,939,099 2012 Batman DC [9]
9 The Dark Knight $1,004,558,444 2008 [10]
10 Spider-Man 3 $890,871,626 2007 Spider-Man Marvel [11]
11 Spider-Man: Homecoming $880,166,924 2017 [12]
12 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $873,634,919 2016 Batman and Superman DC [13]
13 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $863,756,051 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel [14]
14 Thor: Ragnarok $853,977,126 Thor [15]
15 Venom film currently playing $851,318,480 2018 Venom [16]
16 Wonder Woman $821,847,012 2017 Wonder Woman DC [17]
17 Spider-Man $821,708,551 2002 Spider-Man Marvel [18]
18 Spider-Man 2 $783,766,341 2004 [19]
19 Deadpool $783,112,979 2016 Deadpool [20]
20 Guardians of the Galaxy $773,328,629 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy [21]
21 The Amazing Spider-Man $757,930,663 2012 Spider-Man [22]
22 X-Men: Days of Future Past $747,862,775 2014 X-Men [23]
23 Suicide Squad $746,846,894 2016 Suicide Squad DC [24]
24 Deadpool 2 film currently playing $735,156,267 2018 Deadpool Marvel [25]
25 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $714,264,267 2014 Captain America [26]
26 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $708,982,323 Spider-Man [27]
27 Doctor Strange $677,718,395 2016 Doctor Strange [28]
28 Man of Steel $668,045,518 2013 Superman DC [29]
29 Justice League $657,924,295 2017 Justice League [30]
30 Big Hero 6 $657,818,612 2014 Big Hero 6 Marvel [31]
31 Thor: The Dark World $644,571,402 2013 Thor [32]
32 The Incredibles $633,019,734 2004 The Incredibles Pixar [33]
33 Hancock $624,386,746 2008 Hancock Vincent Ngo [34]
34 Iron Man 2 $623,933,331 2010 Iron Man Marvel [35]
35 Ant-Man and the Wasp $622,468,529 2018 Ant-Man and Wasp [36]
36 Logan $619,021,436 2017 Wolverine [37]
37 Iron Man $585,174,222 2008 Iron Man [38]
38 X-Men: Apocalypse $543,934,787 2016 X-Men [39]
39 Ant-Man $519,311,965 2015 Ant-Man [40]
40 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $493,333,584 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage [41]
41 X-Men: The Last Stand $459,359,555 2006 X-Men Marvel [42]
42 Thor $449,326,618 2011 Thor [43]
43 The Wolverine $414,828,246 2013 Wolverine [44]
44 Batman $411,348,924 1989 Batman DC [45]
45 X2: X-Men United $407,711,549 2003 X-Men Marvel [46]
46 Superman Returns $391,081,192 2006 Superman DC [47]
47 Batman Begins $374,218,673 2005 Batman [48]
48 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $373,062,864 2009 Wolverine Marvel [49]
49 Captain America: The First Avenger $370,569,774 2011 Captain America [50]
50 X-Men: First Class $353,624,124 X-Men [51]

Highest-grossing superheroes[edit]

The shared universes Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe are not included in the list but many of their films are listed under the superhero or team in the film title. Spin-offs are not included in the original film series.

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Superheroes grossing over $1 billion 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

Highest-grossing opening weekend worldwide[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. Films need to make $100 million+ to get on the list.

Rank Film Gross[52] ($ millions) Year Superhero Source Ref[a]
1 Avengers: Infinity War $640.5 2018 Avengers Marvel [53]
2 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice $422.5 2016 Batman/Superman DC [54]
3 The Avengers $392.5 2012 Avengers Marvel [55]
4 Avengers: Age of Ultron $392.4 2015 [56]
5 Spider-Man 3 $381.7 2007 Spider-Man [57]
6 Captain America: Civil War $379.5 2016 Captain America [58]
7 Iron Man 3 $372.5 2013 Iron Man [59]
8 Black Panther $371.4 2018 Black Panther [60]
9 Deadpool 2 $300.4 Deadpool [61]
10 Justice League $278.8 2017 Justice League DC [62]
11 Suicide Squad $267.0 2016 Suicide Squad [63]
12 Deadpool $264.7 Deadpool Marvel [64]
13 X-Men: Days of Future Past $262.9 2014 X-Men [65]
14 Spider-Man: Homecoming $256.5 2017 Spider-Man [66]
15 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 $252.5 Guardians of the Galaxy [67]
16 The Dark Knight Rises $248.9 2012 Batman DC [68]
17 Logan $247.4 2017 Wolverine Marvel [69]
18 Incredibles 2 $235.8 2018 The Incredibles Pixar [70]
19 Thor: Ragnarok $231.8 2017 Thor Marvel [71]
20 Wonder Woman $228.3 Wonder Woman DC [72]
21 Iron Man 2 $220.8 2010 Iron Man Marvel [73]
22 Venom $205.5 2018 Venom [74]
23 Man of Steel $202.0 2013 Superman DC [75]
24 Iron Man $201.2 2008 Iron Man Marvel [76]
25 The Dark Knight $199.7 Batman DC [77]
26 Thor: The Dark World $195.1 2013 Thor Marvel [78]
27 Spider-Man 2 $189.4 2004 Spider-Man [79]
28 The Amazing Spider-Man $188.2 2012 [80]
29 Hancock $182.5 2008 Hancock Vincent Ngo [81]
30 X-Men: The Last Stand $179.0 2006 X-Men Marvel [82]
31 Doctor Strange $172.8 2016 Doctor Strange [83]
32 Captain America: The Winter Soldier $170.2 2014 Captain America [84]
33 X-Men: Apocalypse $166.6 2016 X-Men [85]
34 Ant-Man and the Wasp $161.7 2018 Ant-Man [86]
35 Guardians of the Galaxy $160.7 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy [87]
36 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $158.2 2009 Wolverine [88]
37 X2: X-Men United $154.8 2003 X-Men [89]
38 The Wolverine $139.6 2013 Wolverine [90]
39 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $137.8 2014 Spider-Man [91]
40 Spider-Man $125.9 2002 [92]
41 X-Men: First Class $116.1 2011 X-Men [93]
42 Ant-Man $113.6 2015 Ant-Man [94]
43 Superman Returns $106.7 2006 Superman DC [95]
  1. ^ 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.

Timeline of highest-grossing superhero films[edit]

Seven films since 1978 have broken the record for highest-grossing superhero film. Batman, Spider-Man and Avengers have held the record two times each, while films based on DC properties have held it three times and films based on Marvel Comics have held it four times.

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Title Year Record-setting gross Superhero Source Ref
Superman 1978 $300,218,018 Superman DC [96]
Batman 1989 $411,348,924 Batman [45]
Spider-Man 2002 $821,708,551 Spider-Man Marvel [18]
Spider-Man 3 2007 $890,871,626 [11]
The Dark Knight 2008 $1,004,558,444 Batman DC [97]
The Avengers 2012 $1,518,812,988 Avengers Marvel [98]
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,047,675,173 [99]

Timeline of biggest opening for superhero films[edit]

13 films since 1978 have broken the record for highest-grossing worldwide opening weekend for a superhero film. Seven of the films are based on Marvel Comics while Batman has held the record four times.

Title Year Record-setting gross ($ millions)[52] Superhero Source Ref
Superman 1978 $7.5 Superman DC [100]
Superman II 1981 $14.1 [101]
Batman 1989 $40.5 Batman [102]
Batman Returns 1992 $45.7 [103]
Batman Forever 1995 $52.5 [104]
X-Men 2000 $54.5 X-Men Marvel [105]
Spider-Man 2002 $125.9 Spider-Man [106]
X2: X-Men United 2003 $154.8 X-Men [107]
Spider-Man 2 2004 $189.4 Spider-Man [108]
Spider-Man 3 2007 $381.7 [109]
The Avengers 2012 $392.5 Avengers [98]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $422.5 Batman/Superman DC [110]
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $640.5 Avengers Marvel [99]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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