That’s right. In just ten years of entertaining the world with something more than Spiderman, superhero movies by Marvel studios have grossed $13.9 billion from box office receipts around the world. This is according to data from Box Office Mojo.
Sony Entertainment must be cursing their stars by now. In 1998, Sony Pictures was offered the theatre rights to virtually every Marvel superhero for some $25 million.
Unfortunately, the story is that Spiderman was the only Marvel character to have appeared on screen at that time. Sony didn’t have faith in the rest of their superheroes and thought the rest of the world wouldn’t too. This was what they said:
“Nobody gives a sh** about any of the other Marvel characters.”
Eventually, they settled for a deal on only Spiderman. Marvel struggled until Iron Man hit the screens in 2008. The movie grossed some $585 million.
Unlike Sony, Disney stepped up and acquired Marvel for $4 billion in 2009. After some ten years and 18 films, their superheroes appearing on screen have raked in $13.9 billion for a company that nearly went bankrupt in 1996.
Here are the movies which while making a lot of talk around the world in the last ten years, have also made billions for Disney:
- Iron Man (2008)
- The Incredible Hulk (2008)
- Iron Man 2 (2010)
- Thor (2011)
- Captain America – The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Iron Man 3 (2013)
- Thor 2: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
- Dr Strange (2016)
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
- Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
- Black Panther (2018)
Since it’s another weekend, more money is probably pouring in right now as you’re reading, with Avengers: Infinity War.