10 Highest-Grossing Superhero Movies Of All Time

Superhero movies are big business in Hollywood - so much so that the biggest movie franchise of all-time is now the Marvel Cinematic Universe and no less than four of the top twenty highest-grossing m

Superhero movies are big business in Hollywood - so much so that the biggest movie franchise of all-time is now the Marvel Cinematic Universe and no less than four of the top twenty highest-grossing movies of all-time are comic book genre movies.

Every year, some of the most anticipated movies on the Hollywood calendar are based on comic book characters. This year was no different, with the likes of the recently released Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Ant-Man some of the most talked about offerings amongst movie-goers.

Next year, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse and Doctor Strange are likely to set tongues wagging and make millions of fans around the world part with their hard-earned cash en masse.

All of those offerings are in with a great chance of earning an absolute fortune and may well become some of the highest-grossing movies ever made. For now, however, the list of such movies only includes examples that have already hit cinemas and it's those that this article is going to take a look at. These are the ten highest-grossing comic book movies of all-time in terms of box office gross.

10 The Amazing Spider-Man ($757.9 Million)

via:Sony Pictures

2012's The Amazing Spider-Man was a Sony Pictures offering that rebooted Spider-Man as a movie franchise. The previous franchise - Sam Raimi's trilogy - starred Tobey Maguire and this reboot saw the Seabiscuit actor replaced by The Social Network star Andrew Garfield.

9 Guardians Of The Galaxy ($774.2 Million)

via:Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the most surprising successes of 2014, both critically and financially. The space epic took a relatively obscure comic book team and made them into a huge Hollywood hit, with Chris Pratt stealing the spotlight as the brilliant outlaw-turned-hero Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord.

8 Spider-Man 2 ($783.8 Million)

via:Sony Pictures

Spider-Man 2 was the second movie in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy and was released in 2004. It saw the titular character - played by Tobey Maguire in this instance - as an established hero, dealing with his second major villain. In this case, that villain was Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus and it was genuinely one of the best comic book movies ever made.

7 Spider-Man ($821.7 Million)

via:Sony Pictures

The first Spider-Man movie in the aforementioned Sam Raimi trilogy was 2002's Spider-Man. It was Tobey Maguire's debut as the Webbed Wonder and, in spite of the fact that it wasn't quite as good as its sequel, was still a fantastic movie that critics praised almost universally and is undoubtedly partly responsible for the rise of the comic book movie as a genre. This particular offering saw the hero going up against the Green Goblin AKA Norman Osborn after being bitten by a radioactive spider.

6 Spider-Man 3 ($890.9 Million)

via:Sony Pictures

Somewhat ironically, the highest-grossing movie in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy is also the worst by far. Spider-Man 3 - which was released in 2007 - was a car crash of a movie that saw the Webbed Wonder going up against both Sandman and Venom and, for a short time, his former friend Harry Osborn's New Goblin. That is, until Harry saw sense and helped his friend against the aforementioned duo.

5 The Dark Knight ($1.005 Billion)

via:Warner Brothers

The 2008 movie The Dark Knight was the second movie in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. The sequel to 2005's Batman Begins memorably saw the introduction of the late Heath Ledger's Joker and was undoubtedly the best of the trio of movies in the franchise. It was Christian Bale's second outing as the Caped Crusader and, as well as being well received critically, it was a massive financial success.

4 The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 Billion)

via:Warner Brothers

One place above the movie that come before it in the Dark Knight trilogy is The Dark Knight Rises. Although it was still a great film, it was actually the weakest of the three movies, so the fact that it brought in the most money is somewhat surprising. It saw the introduction of Tom Hardy's Bane as the main villain and brought the franchise to a satisfactory end in 2012.

3 Iron Man 3 ($1.215 Billion)

via:Marvel Studios

It truly is testament to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - which kicked off in 2008 with a bold move in bringing B-list superhero Iron Man to the big screen - that Iron Man 3 is one of the highest-grossing movies ever made. The third Iron Man movie - and the seventh movie in the MCU as a whole - pulled in a massive $1.215 billion at the box office from a budget of $200 million.

2 Avengers: Age Of Ultron ($1.348 Billion)

via:Marvel Studios

Although it's still officially earning, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron is quickly running out of steam and is very unlikely to move up in this list any time soon. The sequel to 2012's Avengers - and the eleventh movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - is one of this year's biggest cinematic successes, having grossed an enormous $1.348 billion so far from a $279.9 million budget.

1 The Avengers ($1.519 Billion)

via:Marvel Studios

The highest-grossing comic book movie of all time is The Avengers. The 2012 ensemble movie was the sixth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the culmination of the group of films known as "Phase One" of the franchise. It saw the coming together of a number of heroes who had already been given solo movies (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America etc) and their allies (Hawkeye, Black Widow etc) to fend off Loki and his alien army made up of Chitauri soldiers.

It absolutely cleaned up at the box office, bringing in a cool $1.519 billion from its $220 million budget. Moreover, it was critically well-received; given that it was the first movie of its kind, that was quite the achievement on Marvel Studios' part. It is the 3rd highest-grossing movie of all time, with only Titanic and Avatar having earned more money.

Sources: Box Office Mojo, Wikipedia, IMDB.

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