Over the years superhero movies have had a special place in the hearts of movie goers of all ages. Maybe it’s an escape from reality or because the chances they take on effects, or maybe because of the complexity of the characters at times… whatever the reason, they have been very popular.
Superhero movies are big-money makers. In the big scope of all movies. Just where do the superhero movies stack up? There are four superhero movies listed in the Top 16 highest grossing movies of all time. That’s one fourth of the highest grossing movies of all time!
What Are The Top 10 Highest Grossing Superhero Movies Of All Time?
Good question. So… in order from where they rank in the all-time list…
Here are the top ten highest grossing movies of all time!
Making $227,946,274 at the box office, I think Hancock did pretty well. Beating out the closest competitors, X2 and Batman Begins by a slim margin.
I didn’t hate Hancock, but I didn’t absolutely love it either. It was a pretty good movie that held your interest, mostly because Will Smith does a good job of portraying a superhero with some very BIG issues. I also liked the twist at the end. Never even saw it coming.
The third movie in the X-Men saga actually out ranks the second in the series. I wasn’t that surprised by that. If you saw the second one, then you really had to finish it out and see what happens, especially to Jean.
Anyway, X-Men: The Last Stand was very well done, had great continuity with the previous two and was good enough to make you want more. It’s also very rare to see an entire cast return for each successive movie, and actually want them too. As far as superheroes go… the X-Men are classics and an enjoyable ensemble at that.
We’re talking the original. I love the fact that the original Batman is head and shoulders above the rest of the movies within the Batman camp. (Well, except for one…)
This is one of my favorites, as far as Batman
A true classic, Batman, has stood the test of time (first released in 1989) and raked in $251,188,924 at the box office. A great cast with Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger help make some of the more memorable parts. If you haven’t seen this original one and have only grown up with Bale as Batman, do you yourself a favor and check it out.
Oh yeah… a little animation thrown into the top ten superhero movies! I loved The Incredibles. I am not usually one for animated movies, especially lately, but have to say that this is one of those that you can watch over and over and not get tired of it.
A family of superheroes is forced to go into living a normal existence and not use their superpowers. But, as with all superheroes, the head of the household, Mr. Incredible, can’t seem to let the old days go by and begins to do some superhero work. Only to be led into a trap by a villianous mastermind who is out to rid the world of all superheroes so he can be the only one!
Much like Hancock this group of superheroes is not based on any other publications and are just to simply have a good time with the movie.
We take a large jump from number 40 all the way to 21 for one of my favorite movies of all time. And this is one that I didn’t think I would like. Iron Man is one of those superheroes that doesn’t really get talked about a lot, and I have to admit that I didn’t think it was going to be a good movie. But, once I saw it, I quickly changed my mind.
As major weapons manufacturer Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., has a change of heart because of first hand experience with that his weapons do, he becomes the world protector in Iron Man. Armed with superior intelligence and a very cool suit, he sets out to keep peace instead of rain destruction.
Haven’t seen it yet? What are you waiting for?
Ok, before I get going on a long rambling rant on how much I loved this movie… I’ll just let it be know right now that Transformers is my favorite movie of all time. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it and each time I’ve seen it I have a greater appreciation for it.
With that said, Transformers is a delightful joyride through a few days in the life of a young man who gets his first car; a 1977 yellow Camero. And if that isn’t sweet enough, his car changes into a robot sent to protect him and the earth. Cool!
Honestly, I don’t see how anyone could ever not like this movie. Well, that’s not true. My wife doesn’t like it and hates it when I put it on. I hate to think what will happen when the second movie is released.
Funny how that worked out isn’t it?
Pulling in a combined total of 1,113,614,571 in US box office revenues alone, it is pretty safe to say that Spider-Man is the biggest superhero series of all time. And I think for pretty good reason.
While I’m not really happy with the casting of Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker (just don’t think he’s that great of an actor) I think the rest of the cast is pretty solid. And while the movies began to get more heavily into being more cinematic instead of superhero-ish, I still think this is a great series.
The first one still is my favorite with them following in order from there. The third, while big in scope as far as overall message and theme of the movie, was just a little bit… I don’t know… off. Don’t get me wrong, it was a solid movie, but just didn’t compare with the other two. Even my wife agrees.
Ok, ok. You knew this one was coming.
There has been so much written about The Dark Knight and how great it is, but I just don’t see it the same way. However, it is very hard to argue with the numbers. Pulling in $533,316,061 in the US alone, and over a billion dollars worldwide, The Dark Knight is the biggest theatrical production of all time.
Picking up where Batman Begins leaves off, and a kind of a remake of the earlier versions, The Dark Knight shows the battle between Batman and the Joker with a little bit of Harvey Dent/Two-Face thrown in to boot. The story was ok, although I think they could have left out the whole Two-Face thing for another movie.
There They Are… Voted In By Your Money
Are you surprised by any of these movies? Did you think they should have been higher or lower?
While there are some lists you can argue about you really can’t with a list that was, in essence, created with your money.