Superheroes Ranked by Their Box Office Earnings

Written by Carly Hallman

Who is the most popular superhero of all time, according to Hollywood? Crunching the numbers of the highest-grossing superhero movies, we added up what each character has brought in at the box office. We’ve calculated all these numbers for different important comic book franchises, from the Avengers to the Spirit. For each superhero, box office movie numbers have been included for every film they’ve been in, whether they were the title character, featured in an ensemble, or only made a quick cameo. Considering all of these superhero movie statistics, here are our official superhero rankings by how much each character has earned.

Would you like to embed this infographic on your site?

Superheroes Ranked by Their Box Office Earnings Transcript

Character Total Box Office Earnings Movie Year Box Office Earnings Role
Iron Man $12,488,780,772 The Incredible Hulk 2008 $263,427,551 Ensemble
Iron Man 2008 $585,366,247 Title
Iron Man 2 2010 $623,933,331 Title
The Avengers 2012 $1,518,812,988 Ensemble
Iron Man 3 2013 $1,214,811,252 Title
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $1,402,805,868 Ensemble
Captain America: Civil War 2016 $1,153,296,293 Ensemble
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $880,166,924 Cameo
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Spider-Man $12,353,572,301 Spider-Man 2002 $825,025,176 Title
Spider-Man 2 2004 $783,766,341 Title
Spider-Man 3 2007 $890,871,626 Title
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012 $757,930,663 Title
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 $708,982,323 Title
Captain America: Civil War 2016 $1,153,296,293 Ensemble
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $880,166,924 Title
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 $375,540,831 Title
Spider-Man: Far From Home 2019 $1,131,831,806 Title
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Captain America $11,531,026,981 Captain America 1944 $0 Title
Captain America 1990 $10,173 Title
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 $370,569,774 Title
The Avengers 2012 $1,518,812,988 Ensemble
Thor: The Dark World 2013 $644,783,140 Cameo
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014 $714,421,503 Title
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $1,402,805,868 Ensemble
Captain America: Civil War 2016 $1,153,296,293 Title
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 $880,166,924 Cameo
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Thor $9,715,866,058 Thor 2011 $449,326,618 Title
The Avengers 2012 $1,518,812,988 Ensemble
Thor: The Dark World 2013 $644,783,140 Title
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $1,402,805,868 Ensemble
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 $853,977,126 Title
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Hulk $9,130,469,016 Hulk 2003 $245,285,165 Title
The Incredible Hulk 2008 $263,427,551 Title
The Avengers 2012 $1,518,812,988 Ensemble
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015 $1,402,805,868 Ensemble
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 $853,977,126 Ensemble
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Black Panther $7,346,369,772 Captain America: Civil War 2016 $1,153,296,293 Ensemble
Black Panther 2018 $1,346,913,161 Title
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Batman $6,834,956,599 Batman 1943 $0 Title
Batman and Robin 1949 $0 Title
Batman 1966 $1,700,000 Title
Batman 1989 $411,556,825 Title
Batman Returns 1992 $266,903,053 Title
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 $5,635,204 Title
Batman Forever 1995 $336,567,531 Title
Batman & Robin 1997 $238,235,915 Title
Batman Begins 2005 $373,413,297 Title
The Dark Knight 2008 $1,004,934,033 Title
The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $1,081,041,287 Title
The Lego Movie 2014 $468,060,692 Ensemble
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $873,634,919 Title
Suicide Squad 2016 $746,846,894 Cameo
Batman: The Killing Joke 2016 $4,462,034 Title
The Lego Batman Movie 2017 $311,950,384 Title
Justice League 2017 $657,924,295 Ensemble
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies 2018 $52,090,236 Cameo
Guardians of the Galaxy $6,482,692,969 Guardians of the Galaxy 2014 $772,776,600 Title
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 $863,756,051 Title
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Doctor Strange $6,377,855,839 Doctor Strange 2016 $677,718,395 Title
Thor: Ragnarok 2017 $853,977,126 Ensemble
Avengers: Infinity War 2018 $2,048,359,754 Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Wolverine $5,250,306,020 X-Men 2000 $296,339,528 Ensemble
X2 2003 $407,711,549 Ensemble
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 $459,256,008 Ensemble
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 $373,062,864 Title
X-Men: First Class 2011 $352,616,690 Ensemble
The Wolverine 2013 $414,828,246 Title
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 $746,045,700 Ensemble
X-Men Apocalypse 2016 $543,934,105 Ensemble
Logan 2017 $619,021,436 Title
Deadpool 2 2018 $785,046,920 Cameo
Dark Phoenix 2019 $252,442,974 Ensemble
Ant-Man $5,093,082,961 Ant-Man 2015 $519,311,965 Title
Captain America: Civil War 2016 $1,153,296,293 Ensemble
Ant-Man and the Wasp 2018 $622,674,139 Title
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Captain Marvel $3,926,075,358 Captain Marvel 2019 $1,128,274,794 Title
Avengers: Endgame 2019 $2,797,800,564 Ensemble
Aquaman $3,511,822,333 The Lego Movie 2014 $468,060,692 Ensemble
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $873,634,919 Ensemble
The Lego Batman Movie 2017 $311,950,384 Ensemble
Justice League 2017 $657,924,295 Ensemble
Aquaman 2018 $1,148,161,807 Title
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies 2018 $52,090,236 Cameo
Superman $3,491,616,768 Superman 1978 $300,451,603 Title
Superman II 1980 $108,185,706 Title
Superman III 1983 $59,950,623 Title
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 1987 $15,681,020 Title
Superman Returns 2006 $391,081,192 Title
Man of Steel 2013 $668,045,518 Title
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $873,634,919 Title
Justice League 2017 $657,924,295 Ensemble
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies 2018 $52,090,236 Cameo
Shazam! 2019 $364,571,656 Cameo
Wonder Woman $2,873,557,154 The Lego Movie 2014 $468,060,692 Ensemble
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016 $873,634,919 Ensemble
Wonder Woman 2017 $821,847,012 Title
Justice League 2017 $657,924,295 Ensemble
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies 2018 $52,090,236 Cameo
Deadpool $1,940,721,939 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009 $373,062,864 Cameo
Deadpool 2016 $782,612,155 Title
Deadpool 2 2018 $785,046,920 Title
The Incredibles $1,874,412,072 The Incredibles 2004 $631,606,713 Title
Incredibles 2 2018 $1,242,805,359 Title
Catwoman $1,431,746,719 Batman 1966 $1,700,000 Ensemble
Batman Returns 1992 $266,903,053 Ensemble
Catwoman 2004 $82,102,379 Title
The Dark Knight Rises 2012 $1,081,041,287 Ensemble
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $1,149,133,934 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 $201,965,915 Title
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze 1991 $78,656,813 Title
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III 1993 $42,273,609 Title
TMNT 2007 $95,608,995 Title
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 $485,004,754 Title
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 $245,623,848 Title
The Fantastic Four $787,051,519 The Fantastic Four 2005 $330,120,875 Title
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 $289,047,763 Title
Fantastic Four 2015 $167,882,881 Title
David Dunn $773,558,055 Unbreakable 2000 $248,118,121 Title
Split 2016 $278,454,358 Ensemble
Glass 2019 $246,985,576 Ensemble
Big Hero 6 $657,827,828 Big Hero 6 2014 $657,827,828 Title
Hancock $624,386,771 Hancock 2008 $624,386,771 Title
Daredevil $611,402,115 Daredevil 2003 $179,179,718 Title
Elektra 2005 $56,681,566 Cameo
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018 $375,540,831 Cameo
Blade $415,434,692 Blade 1998 $131,183,530 Title
Blade II 2002 $155,010,032 Title
Blade: Trinity 2004 $129,241,130 Title
Ghost Rider $361,275,323 Ghost Rider 2007 $228,738,393 Title
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2011 $132,536,930 Title
Hellboy $304,431,738 Hellboy 2004 $99,378,985 Title
Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 $160,388,063 Title
Hellboy 2019 $44,664,690 Title
Watchmen $185,258,983 Watchmen 2009 $185,258,983 Title
The Punisher $64,803,428 The Punisher 1989 $0 Title
The Punisher 2004 $54,700,105 Title
Punisher: War Zone 2008 $10,103,323 Title
The Spirit $39,040,174 The Spirit 2008 $39,040,174 Title

Sources:

What Is the Highest-Grossing Superhero Movie?

The recent Avengers: Endgame (2019) is the highest-grossing superhero movie, both by the numbers adjusted for inflation and the unadjusted numbers. Worldwide, it made $2.797 billion at the box office. It’s the highest-earning superhero movie overall, not just one of the highest-grossing Marvel movies.

The Top 10 Highest-Grossing Superhero Movies of All Time Worldwide

  1. Avengers: Endgame (2019): $2,797,800,564
  2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018): $2,048,359,754
  3. The Avengers (2012): $1,518,812,988
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1,402,805,868
  5. Black Panther (2018): $1,346,913,161
  6. Incredibles 2 (2018): $1,242,805,359
  7. Iron Man 3 (2013): $1,214,811,252
  8. Captain America: Civil War (2016): $1,153,296,293
  9. Aquaman (2018): $1,148,161,807
  10. Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019): $1,131,831,806

The 10 Top-Grossing Superhero Movies Adjusted for Inflation (Domestic)

These are the top-grossing comic book movies by domestic lifetime gross, adjusted for inflation according to Box Office Mojo:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (2019): $861,072,074
  2. The Avengers (2012): $694,877,913
  3. Black Panther (2018): $689,374,471
  4. The Dark Knight (2008): $673,410,063
  5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018): $654,553,388
  6. Spider-Man (2002): $638,344,041
  7. Incredibles 2 (2018): $599,234,269
  8. Batman (1989): $569,164,638
  9. Spider-Man 2 (2004): $543,734,383
  10. Superman (1978): $518,655,720

One might notice that many films on our top superhero movies list also happen to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This poses a certain problem, as these films, especially the Avengers series, tend to have an ensemble cast. If a character was in the ensemble cast for one of these films, we’ve included it in their list of relevant superhero movies. Box office scores for Marvel characters therefore tend to skew higher. Out of all of the characters who are not in the MCU, Batman, Wolverine, and Aquaman have fared the best.

What Superhero Has Made the Most Money at the Movies?

The most popular superhero in the world by box office rankings is Iron Man, who’s earned $12.48 billion at the box office with both his title series and his Avengers appearances. When looking at all superhero movies ranked by box office success, unadjusted by inflation, he’s currently the best superhero of all time. The Marvel movies’ box office success pushes him and others like Spider-Man and Captain America up to the top of the list.

Superheroes Ranked by Their Box Office Success

These numbers are based on worldwide lifetime unadjusted box office gross.

1. Iron Man: $12,488,780,772 (10 Films)

2. Spider-Man: $12,353,572,301 (11 Films)

3. Captain America: $11,531,026,981 (11 Films)

whitaker-malem-movie-captain-america-the-first-avenger-chris-evans-superhero-suit-costume
Photo by patrick whitaker (Flickr)

4. Thor: $9,715,866,058 (Seven Films)

THOR
Photo by discutivo (Flickr)

5. Hulk: $9,130,469,016 (Seven Films)

6. Black Panther: $7,346,369,772 (Four Films)

7. Batman: $6,834,956,599 (18 Films)

Batman and Robin

8. Guardians of the Galaxy: $6,482,692,969 (Four Films)

Guardians of the Galaxy
Photo by Global Panorama (Flickr)

9. Doctor Strange: $6,377,855,839 (Four Films)

New Doctor Strange Trailer!
Photo by AntMan3001 (Flickr)

10. Ant-Man: $5,093,082,961 (Four Films)

NEW ANT-MAN TRAILER!!!!!!!!!
Photo by AntMan3001 (Flickr)

Which Superhero Has the Most Movies?

Out of our list of modern superheros, Batman takes the cake at 18 movies, 14 of which featured him as the title character.

If we were to stretch out the definitions a bit, though, the winner is actually an old pulp-fiction icon who’s been immortalized in more than 40 films and yet has been ignored in the modern Hollywood scene: Zorro! While he technically didn’t originate in comics, Diego de la Vega has been in the comics world, radio world, TV shows, 11 American feature films, and numerous European films.


You might also like...