Marvel Vs DC: Every Movie's Box Office Takings, Ranked (Part One)

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Which film do you think made more money at the box office: Spider-Man 3 or Batman (1989)? The original Superman or Captain America: Civil War? Here is a list of every DC and Marvel comic-based film released in cinemas*, ranked by their global box office takings.

(There's also videos of either trailers or scenes from each film, in case you need to jog your memory).

  • 1. The Avengers (2012) Marvel: $1.6 Billion
  • 2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Marvel: $1.4 Billion
  • 3. Superman (1978) DC: $1.26 Billion
  • 4. Iron Man 3 (2013) Marvel: $1.25 Billion
  • 5. Spider-Man (2002) Marvel: $1.19 Billion
  • 6. The Dark Knight (2008) DC: $1.17 Billion
  • 7. Captain America: Civil War (2016) Marvel: $1.15 Billion
  • 8. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) DC: $1.14 Billion
  • 9. Spider-Man 3 (2007) Marvel: $1.09 Billion
  • 10. Spider-Man 2 (2004) Marvel: $1.06 Billion
  • 11. Superman II (1981) DC: $874 Million
  • 12. Batman (1989) DC: $873 Million
  • 13. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) DC: $872 Million
  • 14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Marvel: $799 Million
  • 15. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Marvel: $796 Million
  • 16. Deadpool (2016) Marvel: $782 Million
  • 17. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Marvel: $771 Million
  • 18. Suicide Squad (2016) DC: $745 Million
  • 19. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Marvel: $737 Million
  • 20. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Marvel: $730 Million
  • 21. Iron Man (2008) Marvel: $687 Million
  • 22. Man of Steel (2013) DC: $671 Million
  • 23. Thor: The Dark World (2013) Marvel: $668 Million
  • 24. Iron Man 2 (2010) Marvel: $666 Million
  • 25. Batman Forever (1995) DC: $652 Million
  • 26. Doctor Strange (2016) Marvel: $648 Million
  • 27. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Marvel: $588 Million
  • 28. X-Men United (X2) (2003) Marvel: $569 Million
  • 29. Batman Returns (1992) DC: $542 Million
  • 30. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Marvel: $534 Million

Part two continues here.

Marvel Vs DC: Every Movie's Box Office Takings, Ranked (Part Two)

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*Some notes: This list is correct at the date of publication. Amounts are in USD$. The totals are the worldwide box office grosses, adjusted using today's ticket prices so the comparisons are fair. This list only includes live action films - not animated series. All films chosen were based on originating in Marvel and DC Comics, not just made by DC and Marvel studios - hence Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox's inclusion.

[Sources: Movie Rankings, IMDB]

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    Deadpool (2016) Marvel: $782 MillionSomething not right with that figure, pretty sure it did better than that.

      I've triple checked all of these figures across the information released from the studios/distributors themselves and IMDB reporting. They are correct, to my best knowledge. If you have another source that proves more accurate, I'll happily take it into account.

        Rae, it seems the prices for inflation will never be exact. But the one constant is tickets bought. If we could have that number, that would surely be the defining factor of how well the movie does. I believe for tickets sold the most for any movie is either Gone With The Wind or Sound Of Music. Nowhere near as many people go to the cinema as they used to, due to huge costs of the ticket and food too. There is downloading and Blu-Ray/DVD which is released within a few months of the film coming out in the cinema. Seems for outright ticket sales it would more likely be between the original Superman and Batman movies. Maybe Even Spider-Man has a chance along with Batman Forever, which was 2nd highest grossing of 1995?

        745.7 million thats what was made ive seen for deadpool

      You may be confusing American and Australian dollars?
      Because in AUD that would be over 1 billion.

        Yeah thanks for that, no doubt that's what was getting stuck in my craw. :)

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