Somewhere in Hollywood, Warner Bros execs are reading this bit of news and weeping into their lattes. The financial success of Captain America: Civil War (see our review) means that the Marvel movies have now made more than US$10 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing franchise of all time.
Of the 13 Marvel movies released since 2008, The Avengers is the highest-grossing at just over US$1.5 billion, followed by The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which earned a little over US$1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. The Incredible Hulk, which starred Edward Norton, is the worst performer of the lot, with a worldwide gross of some US$263 million (figures from The Numbers).
Currently, Civil War has raked in more than US$940 million. For comparison’s sake, it’s worth noting that the seven X-Men movies and Deadpool have made a combined total of US$3.8 billion at the global box office, while The five Spider-Man movies grossed almost US$4 billion in total (all numbers here from Box Office Mojo).
All in all, it’s a testimony to the success of a remarkable eight-year project, and proves the value of patience and of slowly building a cinematic universe. And there’s still eight more Marvel movies to come till 2019. Ker-ching!