Disclaimer: This list was composed using box office statistics alone. To qualify the entries in this countdown had to be in a comic book over the last 60 years. Our selected ten has been ordered by personal taste, while the actual list of box office stats is at the bottom of the page.
It was the giant guy with the little blue wee-wee that kinda made everyone tee-hee a bit. The heroes and the costumes were kind of strange with a lot of names most non-post graduates wouldn’t be able to figure out… but it was gritty. And the ending was epic!
9). Ghost Rider
Nick Cage is hands down one of my all-time favorite actors. Was I worried that he was going to be stuck with a groaner on this one? Yup. A lot of people were skeptical when we heard about the movie… how do you pull that off and NOT make it look hokey? You make it kiss-ass. And they did.
8). The Incredible Hulk (2006)
The CGI was about as good as it could be for four years ago. The story ran kind of left of center somewhat, but overall, not a bad movie.
7). The Dark Knight
I like ‘em a little dark when it comes to my superhero movies and so did moviegoers in 2008. The Dark Knight Ranks #1.
6). Fantastic 4
I thought for once a movie that had super-flop potential did fairly well. This was a great movie and comes in #6 on our countdown, but realistically was #17 on the all-time, anything goes, let’s include sequels countdown.
5). Superman Returns
Not a big fan of Supes. Don’t know why I’m not, I’m just not. Still, this was a good movie, great special effects and mushy enough for a guy to watch with his girlfriend.
4). X-Men: The Last Stand
When I saw this movie title I went into hyper-lock; there was NO WAY this could be the last X-Men movie. Thank God it was just a title.
3). Iron Man
Effects wise, acting wise and even story-wise, this one should have done much better. Still #3 all time is not bad. Now that the general public has had a taste, perhaps Iron Man 2 will do even better.
2). Spider-Man (2002)
Cha-Ching! I’ll bet Marvel wishes they hadn’t sold the movie rights to Spider-Man. What were they thinking giving away one of their flagship characters?
1). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Before anyone says anything, it’s #18 on the all-time list and was a comic book before a cartoon or a movie. Plus my friend Steve reeeeeally liked them.
Top 20 Highest grossing Superhero Movies of All Time:
The Dark Knight 7/18/08 WB $533,345,358
Spider-Man 5/3/02 Sony $403,706,375
Spider-Man 2 6/30/04 Sony $373,585,825
Spider-Man 3 5/4/07 Sony $336,530,303
Iron Man 5/2/08 Par. $318,412,101
The Incredibles 11/5/04 BV $261,441,092
Batman 6/23/89 WB $251,188,924 2,201
X-Men: The Last Stand 5/26/06 Fox $234,362,462
Hancock 7/2/08 Sony $227,946,274
X2: X-Men United 5/2/03 Fox $214,949,694
Batman Begins 6/15/05 WB $205,343,774
Superman Returns 6/28/06 WB $200,081,192
Batman Forever 6/16/95 WB $184,031,112
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 5/1/09 Fox $179,883,157
Batman Returns 6/19/92 WB $162,831,698
X-Men 7/14/00 Fox $157,299,717
Fantastic Four 7/8/05 Fox $154,696,080
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3/30/90 NL $135,265,915
The Incredible Hulk 6/13/08 Uni. $134,806,913
Wanted 6/27/08 Uni. $134,508,551