The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is A $10 Billion Dollar Baby

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is A $10 Billion Dollar Baby

The box-office juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe has long since surpassed the total grosses of any other big-screen franchise in cinematic history, and it’s hitting another unprecedented landmark with the release of Captain America: Civil War yielding absolutely superhuman returns around the planet: the $10 billion mark.

Civil War, bolstered by incredible word-of-mouth and a stuffed lineup of characters that makes the film as much of an Avengers sequel as Age of Ultron, is zeroing in on a $1 billion total gross (which is on its own enormously impressive, given how fast the pic has reached that cumulative haul), which has sent the franchise as a whole soaring past a grand total of $10 billion. That figure has put it way past Harry PotterJames Bond, and Star Wars within an eight-year stretch, a much more constrained time period than any of those other franchises were playing with. It’s no exaggeration to say that cinema has never experienced a genre boom this lucrative.

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With the MCU blasting forward into Phase Three with huge titles like Doctor StrangeBlack PantherCaptain Marvel, and Infinity War Parts 1 & 2 all waiting in the wings, it’s hard to see anything putting a stop to the studio’s gargantuan returns. Of course, it’s hard to say whether anything will reach the breakout heights of the first Avengers, but even if the MCU never touches that again (Infinity War seems to have the best shot), it’s still going to be putting every other series out there to shame.

Here’s a full listing of the grosses thus far, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

Rank Title (click to view) Studio Worldwide Domestic / % Overseas / % Year
1 Marvel’s The Avengers BV $1,519.6 $623.4 41% $896.2 59% 2012
2 Avengers: Age of Ultron BV $1,405.4 $459.0 32.7% $946.4 67.3% 2015
3 Iron Man 3 BV $1,215.4 $409.0 33.7% $806.4 66.3% 2013
4 Captain America: Civil War BV $940.9 $295.9 31.4% $645.0 68.6% 2016
5 Guardians of the Galaxy BV $773.3 $333.2 43.1% $440.1 56.9% 2014
6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV $714.4 $259.8 36.4% $454.7 63.6% 2014
7 Thor: The Dark World BV $644.6 $206.4 32% $438.2 68% 2013
8 Iron Man 2 Par. $623.9 $312.4 50.1% $311.5 49.9% 2010
9 Iron Man Par. $585.2 $318.4 54.4% $266.8 45.6% 2008
10 Ant-Man BV $519.4 $180.2 34.7% $339.2 65.3% 2015
11 Thor Par. $449.3 $181.0 40.3% $268.3 59.7% 2011
12 Captain America: The First Avenger Par. $370.6 $176.7 47.7% $193.9 52.3% 2011
13 The Incredible Hulk Uni. $263.4 $134.8 51.2% $128.6 48.8% 2008
TOTAL: $10,025.5 $3,890.1 38.8% $6,135.4 61.2%
AVERAGE: $771.2 $299.2 38.8% $472.0 61.2%

Source: CBM