Highest Grossing Superhero Movies (Non-MCU)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe stands as the highest grossing film franchise of all time. It’s unsurprisingly supposed to keep that title for a while and stands at having earned $22.5 billion at the box office. However, Marvel isn’t the only studio that produces high grossing content. Below is a list of the highest grossing non-MCU superhero movies.

10. X-Men: Days of Future Past – $747 million

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X-Men: Days of Future Past attempted to bring together both the old and new versions of the superhero team. Wolverine heads back in time to convince the past X-Men to help save his (and their) future from the Sentinels.

9. Deadpool – $783 million

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Ryan Reynolds second attempt at the merc with a mouth was very successful. Although set in the X-Men universe, Reynolds was allowed to play the film with an R rating. The comedy and violence are super adult, which is exactly what the character needed.

8. Wonder Woman – $821 million

Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures

Wonder Woman earned every penny it took. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot crafted a generic superhero origin story that still felt fresh. Other than a CGI-fest end battle, Gadot successfully brought Wonder Woman to a modern audience.

7. Venom – $856 milllion

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Although Venom drew a loud ‘nope’ with the critics, it still did well at the box office. Part of the draw was undoubtedly the lead, with Tom Hardy starring as Eddie Brock.

6. Batman v Superman – $870 million

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Batman v Superman had a budget of $300 million, so technically doesn’t count as a win. It was supposed to be a huge cinematic event, bringing the two heroes together, but unfortunately the film was considered by most as a bit of a mess.

5. Spider-Man 3 – $890 million

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The final film in Sam Raimi’s trilogy made a decent amount of money. However, the critical and fan response was lacklustre, leading Raimi to scrap his plans for a fourth film.

4. The Dark Knight Rises – $1 billion

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Christopher Nolan concluded his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. It sees Batman up against Bane and introduced the likes of Catwoman into the mix. Coincidentally, it’s the second Tom Hardy film on this list.

3. Joker – $1.074 billion

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Joker has quickly become most people’s favourite superhero movie. Or, supervillain movie. Cashing in on a small budget, Joker has become one of the most profitable films ever and is sure to pave the way for future dark DC origin tales.

2. Aquaman – $1.14 billion

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The reason Aquaman did so well is probably due to the fact an underwater superhero film was something quite new. That, and Jason Momoa is probably loved by everybody on the planet.

1. The Incredibles 2 – $1.24 billion

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That’s right. The Incredibles 2 proudly takes its place as number one on the list. It’s not surprising really, a mix of childhood nostalgia for the original and a great creative team behind it, The Incredibles 2 was bound to be a hit.

Source: Quirky Byte

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Oliver Swift

Oliver is a London-based writer who contributes to FandomWire, Animated Times, the Curzon Blog and Ollywood Reviews. His favourite superhero is Hawkeye and his favourite superhero movie is 'The Lego Batman Movie'.

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