25 Highest Grossing Superhero Movies Ranked: For a long time, superhero movies were the odd, nerdy outlier on the theater marquee. Now, they’re the new normal, many becoming critical darlings and raking in huge sums of money. With dozens of superhero movies releasing every year, it’s hard to go a month without seeing one on the showtimes listing. Why? Because of their record-breaking box office numbers. Many superhero movies are the highest grossing films of all time. Hence, why studios keep churning them out. With so many superhero movies making so much money, it’s unlikely you’ll see these caped crusaders disappearing into the night anytime soon. Which superhero movies rank at the very top? Here are 25 Highest Grossing Superhero Movies Ranked.
All box office numbers are based on gross domestic sales only and are accurate as of the publishing date.
The Amazing Spider-Man - $262,030,663
After the critical failure of Spider-Man 3, Sony decided to move on and reboot the franchise. Enter The Amazing Spider-Man. While the film starring Andrew Garfield had impressive box office numbers, it still well under-performed from the other Spider-Man movies.
Man of Steel - $291,045,518
In the wake of the unbelievable success of The Dark Knight trilogy, DC hoped to copy that success with another superhero, Superman. Sadly, Man of Steel went against popular expectations of the icon and the reception was cold, to say the least.
Iron Man 2 - $312,433,331
Coming off the smashing success of Marvel’s debut hit Iron Man, Iron Man 2 almost made it to the same level of success as its predecessor but certainly couldn’t be considered a sophomore slump. With gripping action and the charm of Robert Downey Jr., it convinced a large swath of moviegoers to give this flawed, but somewhat enjoyable sequel a chance.
Thor: Ragnarok - $315,046,803
While historically the third movie in any trilogy fails to impress critically or at the box office, Thor: Ragnarok beat expectations, becoming both the best in the trilogy and a smashing box office success. It’s humor, wit, well-written story, and impressive visuals took it much farther than its predecessors.
Iron Man- $318,412,101
The movie that started it all for Marvel’s budding film studio. Iron Man was a major risk for the comic book company, but it paid off in spades, helping kick off a range of other superhero properties and kicking off the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadpool 2 - $318,491,426
While not nearly as financially successful as its predecessor, Deadpool 2 still raked in an impressive sum for a rated-R film and a sequel to boot. The humor, action, and gratuitous violence brought it up to par but didn’t land too many hole-in-ones.
Suicide Squad - $325,100,054
Suicide Squad may have gotten panned by critics, but people apparently liked it enough to keep coming back and bring it above Iron Man. Fun fact, it also won an Oscar.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - $330,360,194
Hoping to kickstart their own cinematic universe, DC put together Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and while the box office numbers weren’t too bad, they definitely didn’t reach Avengers levels.
Guardians of the Galaxy - $333,176,600
People were pretty adamant Guardians of the Galaxy wasn’t going to work, especially since it had a talking raccoon as one of the heroes. Little did they know it would become a huge success both critically and at the box office, raking in a cool $333,176,600.
Spider-Man: Homecoming - $334,201,140
Hot off the success of his cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man quickly got his own solo movie, again. While it wasn’t able to top the original Spider-Man trilogy, Spider-Man: Homecoming still beat out the other Spider-Man movies.
Spider-Man 3 - $336,530,303
From the awkward emo Tobey Maguire scene to the ridiculous idea of casting Topher Grace as Venom, Spider-Man 3 was a total dumpster fire. Still, fans attached to the trilogy came out in droves to see it and likely had buyers remorse soon after.
Deadpool - $363,070,709
From Blade 3 to X-Men Origins: Wolverine to Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds has had more than his fair share of awful superhero movies. Thankfully, he pulled a rabbit out of his spandex and produced Deadpool, one of the most successful R-rated superhero movies to date. Because, let’s face it, four bad superhero movies would be depressing.
Spider-Man 2 - $373,585,825
Beloved by many, Spider-Man 2 mirrored many of the same beats as the first but expanded on them, creating a fun, albeit familiar ride. Plus, it never hurts to throw in Doc Ock as the villain.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - $389,813,101
With the surprise success of its predecessor, many fans waited with bated breath to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Luckily, few left disappointed. It improved some of its earlier flaws, improving on the villain and providing a surreal and unique story worthy of the series.
Spider-Man - $403,706,375
Released in 2002, with superhero movies having mostly a bad reputation, Spider-Man proved you can pull it off and have adoring fans swarm to the theater. It set up one of the most popular franchises in superhero movie history.
Captain America: Civil War - $408,084,349
Captain America: Civil War was less a Captain America movie and more Avengers 2.5. Regardless, its unique story structure, plus pitting everyone’s favorite Avengers against each other, proved a popular spectacle. You can’t really beat seeing Iron Man and Captain America fight each other.
Iron Man 3 - $409,013,994
Considered by critics to be better than Iron Man 2 but not as good as the first, Iron Man 3 focused heavily on Tony Stark’s insecurity after the first Avengers movie and helped him become stronger and change for the better. Still, critics don’t determine box office numbers, and it proved the strongest of the Iron Man movies.
Wonder Woman - $412,563,408
With flop after flop tearing down DC’s cinematic universe, they really needed a solid win for the team. Thankfully, they made Wonder Woman. Told wonderfully and fixing many of the past DC movie errors, Wonder Woman provided optimism, hope, and a fun ride for the whole family.
The Dark Knight Rises - $448,139,099
Hot off the huge success of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises told a unique superhero story that acted more like a larger-than-life stage play at times. It also was a Batman movie with very little Batman. Regardless, the action and storytelling were enough to make it a major success.
Avengers: Age of Ultron - $459,005,868
Avengers: Age of Ultron tried to mimic the success of the original but just couldn’t quite do it. That’s not to say it wasn’t a huge success. Critics and fans liked it overall, and the box office numbers speak for themselves. Also, The Hulkbuster vs. The Hulk scene alone was a fantastic action sequence.
The Dark Knight - $534,858,444
Time is the ultimate judge on the lasting value of any film. With ten years come and gone, The Dark Knight is practically a legendary film. With a taut and exciting crime thriller and an Academy-Awarding winning performance by Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight helped legitimize superhero movies as human dramas but also cast a long shadow for superhero movies to come.
The Incredibles 2 - $608,300,732
It may have taken fourteen years for Pixar to finally release a sequel to the smash hit The Incredibles, but it was well worth the wait for both the fans and Pixar. The Incredibles 2 skyrocketed up the box office charts, making it the fourth highest domestic grossing superhero movie of all time.
Marvel's The Avengers - $623,357,910
Marvel conceptualized and perfectly acted on something few had done before, creating a cinematic universe with the same actors and characters all coming together into one film. But it wasn’t just a gimmick. The movie is practically a superhero classic at this point and has inspired the creation of many other cinematic universes in Hollywood. We’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or not.
Avengers: Infinity War - $678,815,482
Since the first Avengers film, Marvel has been building all of their superhero movies to this one point, assembling the mightiest heroes to fight against Thanos. It’s hard to imagine a movie on such an epic scale working, but they pulled it off, creating a mind-blowing experience, and beating out the original at the domestic box office in the process.
Black Panther - $700,059,566
As it stands, this is now the superhero movie to beat at the domestic box office. This breakout film has overwhelmed and dwarfed expectations, becoming both a huge financial and critical success and also a major cultural moment. For a long time, Hollywood didn’t believe a superhero movie with an all-black cast could do well. Black Panther destroyed that presumption.