Superhero movies may be condemned for their high use of CGI and less of dramatic or real-life plots, but the same genre entertains a huge chunk of audiences across the globe. This fact is quite evident in the box office collections of the films in this genre.
All the top five films finding their place in the highest-grossing list belong to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has crossed $17 billion collectively from 20 films to date.1. Avengers – Infinity War
Box Office - $2.038 billion as of 9th July 2018
No surprises here, as we all know 'Avengers: Infinity War' was the first of its kind and one of the most ambitious superhero films to date, drawing storylines from 18 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
It broke every box-office opening record to date with quite a huge margin. Let us have a look at the box-office records created by 'Avengers Infinity War' –
. Biggest worldwide opening weekend and single weekend gross – $640.5 million beating Fate of The Furious' $541.9 million
. Biggest opening weekend in the United States and Canada – $257.7 million
. Fastest to cross $1 billion worldwide in 11 days and $1.5 billion in 18 days
. Highest grossing superhero movie and of 2018 – $2.038 billion as of 9th July 2018
. Highest number of 4DX admissions. It was the first movie to reach two million admissions
. Fourth highest grossing film of all time as of 9th July 2018
It also created a splash in India by becoming the highest grossing Hollywood film to date with INR 225 crores surpassing Disney's 'The Jungle Book' at the box office and the first ever to cross INR 200 crores.2. The Avengers
Box Office - $1.519 billion
The film from where everything in MCU began to shape up. 'The Avengers' brought a team of six superheroes – Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye, together for the first time, fighting against Loki and the alien invaders, Chitauris. At the time of release, 'Avengers' not only crossed $1.519 billion in global receipts but also went on to become the third highest-grossing film of all time.3. Avengers – Age of Ultron
Box Office - $1.405 billion
The second instalment in the Avengers franchise, 'Age of Ultron' brought chaos in the city of Slovakia with the artificial intelligence defense program – Ultron. Though the movie met with a polarized reception from audiences and critics alike, as it fell short of the audience's expectations, it still raked in $1.405 billion globally.
The film debuted at the 5th position in the highest-grossing films at the time of its release and presently stands at the 8th position.4. Black Panther
Box Office - $1.346 billion
The highest grossing superhero origins movie of all time with an all-black cast, 'Black Panther' defied all box office expectations and went on to become the 9th highest-grossing film with 1.346 billion box-office collections worldwide.
It also went on to become the 3rd highest grossing film in the United States and Canada with $699.88 million only after 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Avatar'.5. Iron Man 3
Box Office - $1.215 billion
Following the gigantic success of 'The Avengers', Marvel found itself facing the huge task to fulfil fans' expectations, and no other superhero could replicate the success single-handedly, except for Iron Man.
Shane Black directed 'Iron Man 3' which collected $1.215 billion at the global box office, riding high on the success of 'The Avengers' and also kick-started the second-phase in the MCU.