15 Box Office Records For Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice To Break

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14. Top 10 Worldwide Grosses in Modern Times – Unadjusted

Current Rankings

  1. Avatar (2009) – $2,787,965,087

  2. Titanic (1997) – $2,186,772,302
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – $2,041,845,884
  4. Jurassic World (2015) – $1,670,400,637
  5. The Avengers (2012) – $1,519,557,910
  6. Furious 7 (2015) – $1,516,045,911
  7. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $1,405,413,868
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) – $1,341,511,219
  9. Frozen (2013) – $1,279,852,693
  10. Iron Man 3 (2013) – $1,215,439,994

We’re in the big leagues now.  And Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) comes back onto the list at #3 … man, what a box office disaster.  I mean, what’s $2 billion?  That’s chump change.  In all seriousness, all of these films on this list had everything going for them: great marketing, great anticipation, superior storytelling, phenomenal word-of-mouth marketing, repeat viewings, etc.  These are the movies that allow studios to make bets on hundreds of small indie films that may not make any money at all.

This list also shows that James Cameron is the most valuable creative working in Hollywood today.  As mentioned before, the top two films on this list — Avatar (2009) and Titanic (1997) — were made by him.  Any director would be ecstatic and screaming with joy just to have one movie crack this list, but Mr. Cameron has two movies in the top two positions!

Do I even dare ask if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will make it on this list?  Will it even approach it?  One advantage that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has is that it’s an action movie that has elements of all of the films on the list.  Movies that usually destroy the box office are ones that Hollywood likes to call four-quadrant movies.  They are targeted to all four of the major demographics that matter: males, females, over-25, and under-25.  From the trailers we’ve seen, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice definitely fits this criteria.

The next question is: does the film have lasting potential?  Both Avatar and Titanic had repeat viewings and are, in a way, truly timeless classics.  This is where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will need to up its relevance.  Hence, this is also probably why the studio and Zack Snyder hired master screenwriter Chris Terrio.  If you haven’t seen Argo (2012), I highly recommend you do.  When you watch that movie, you will know that an expert is at work with the story.

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