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.