Marvel fans will flock to movie theaters to check out X-Men Apocalypse this weekend, the latest installment in the comic strip tale about the band of heroes. With a star-studded cast and gargantuan production budget, it’s clear Marvel is also hoping it will prove to be another box office hit for franchise.
The movie opened on some international screens this week to profits of $101.5 million, but it’s yet to be determined whether it will outpace other comic strip blockbusters. As the film’s producers tally up ticket sales, Money decided to take a look at the superhero movies that have raked in the biggest domestic profits:
5. Iron Man 3: $409 million
The third installment in the saga of Iron Man Tony Stark received mostly favorable reviews, which translated into profits that might rival the net worth of the ultra-rich superhero himself. The film was also the second-highest grossing movie of 2013.
4. The Dark Knight Rises: $448 million
This star-studded 2012 film forced Bruce Wayne out of retirement to save Gotham City from nuclear destruction at the hands of super villain Bane. Fans were apparently so excited to see Batman back in action after an eight-year vacation that they made it the sixteenth-highest grossing film of all time.
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron: $459 million
The 2015 follow-up to The Avengers featured a gamut of superheroes played by Hollywood stars like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson and Mark Ruffalo. Their triumphs and tribulations propelled the movie to the slot of seventh-highest grossing movie of all time. And Marvel apparently isn’t done with making money off the Avengers storyline: It has two sequels slated to be released in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
2. The Dark Knight: $533 million
The superhero crime film featured an impressive ensemble cast, including the venerable late Heath Ledger in a perhaps career-best role as the Joker. Fans were so enthralled by the fight between the criminal mastermind and Batman that they made the movie the highest-grossing film of 2008.
1. The Avengers: $623 million
The secret to making money off superheroes? Pack as many as possible into one movie (That could be good news for X-Men: Apocalypse as well!). The Avengers, released in 2012, tells the story of heroes Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor as they try to prevent Thor’s evil brother Loki from taking over the world. Comic book lovers were so enthralled by the film that they helped make it became the first Marvel movie to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.