What makes a great superhero movie? It's pretty simple: Great characters, super story, lots of action, knockout costumes, and incredible special effects. What makes a bad superhero movie? The lack of any or all of the crucial elements of characters, story, action, costumes, and special effects. Even great franchises like Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman or Fantastic Four can turn out to be pretty bad movies.
Each year, the Golden Raspberry Awards ("Razzies") and The Golden Schmoes nominate films and actors who they consider to be the worst of the year. There are quite a few Razzies and Golden Schmoes nominations and wins on this list. There are also IMDb ratings (out of 10) and Rotten Tomato ratings (out of 100 per cent). Both are pretty reliable indications of movies that just are not up to par. Again, a lot of the movies here were seen as, at best, average and, at worst, just plain out bad. But sometimes, even bad superhero movies make a lot of money at the box office. Here is our list of 13 superhero movies whose box office is way better than the movie deserves. In the case of the older movies on this list, we have adjusted the figure to take into account inflation.
13 Catwoman - 2004 ($82 million/adjusted $103 million)
12 Spawn - 1997 ($90 million, $134 million adjusted)
11 Daredevil - 2003 ($179 million/$226 million adjusted)
10 Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer - 2007 ($289 million/$366 million adjusted)
9 Fantastic 4 - 2015 ($170 million)
8 Green Lantern - 2011 ($220 million)
7 Batman and Robin ($238 million/$354 million adjusted)
6 Ghost Rider - 2007 ($229 million/adjusted $264 million)
5 Eragon - 2006 ($250 million/$296 million adjusted)
4 The Last Airbender - 2010 ($320 million/$356 million adjusted)
3 X-Men: Origins Wolverine - 2009 ($373 million/$415 million adjusted)
2 Spider-Man 3 - 2007 ($890 million/$1 billion)
1 Transformers: Age of Extinction - 2014 ($1.1 billion)
We are in the really big money now, with a worldwide box office of over $1 billion. In spite of the fact that Rotten Tomatoes gave it a dismal 18 percent rating, fans voted with their money and went anyway. There was Optimus Prime and what is left of his gang, looming large over an all-star cast that included Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Kelsey Grammer. Empire sniffed that the film was relying on grown-ups who loved the Transformers when they were young and that blind loyalty couldn't hide the fact there was little to see in the movie.
Sources: usmagazine.com, imdb.com, rottentomatoes.com, comicbookmovie.com
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